Mariners' bullpen blows lead again in 4-1 loss

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 19, 2014 at 9:49 pm •  Published: June 19, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) — So much for the Seattle Mariners having the AL's top bullpen coming into a two-game series in San Diego.

After blowing Felix Hernandez's one-run lead on Wednesday night, the bullpen did the same thing to Erasmo Ramirez on Thursday.

Rookie Jesse Hahn pitched seven strong innings and pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia singled in the go-ahead run in a four-run seventh for the Padres, who rallied for the second straight game to beat the Mariners 4-1.

Asked what he saw from his bullpen, manager Lloyd McClendon said they took a beating. "It is that simple.

"Sometimes we try to overanalyze things and I don't have that answer," he said. "It's baseball. The guys came out and made some pitches and they got hit. You move on and get ready for tomorrow."

The light-hitting Padres salvaged a split of the four-game season series by winning consecutive games for the first time since May 30-31. Robinson Cano had three singles for the Mariners, who beat the Padres in Seattle on Monday and Tuesday.

Hahn (2-1) was making his third big league start. He held Seattle to an unearned run and five hits, struck out seven and walked two. In his last two starts, Hahn has allowed no earned runs and just six hits while striking out 14 in 13 innings.

Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 20th save in 20 opportunities, getting a double-play ball after allowing a double and single with one out.

Ramirez, winless since April 1, left with a 1-0 lead after six innings.

"He's struggled to this point and he had finally started to turn the corner and I wanted to get him out of there on a positive note and continue to build and that's what we are going to do," McClendon said. "Our bullpen just didn't hold it."

Dominic Leone (2-1) allowed four runs, three hits and a walk while getting only one out in the seventh.

Yasmani Grandal grounded out leading off the Padres' seventh before they tied it on consecutive triples by Tommy Medica and Cameron Maybin. On Wednesday night, Medica's RBI pinch-hit single in the eighth gave the Padres a 2-1 win.

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