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Oakland furthers Seattle’s slump

SEATTLE -- Oakland rallied following Seattle manager John McLaren's fourth-inning ejection and went on to beat the Mariners 7-4 Tuesday night. It was the 15th loss in 17 games for Seattle.

Oakland furthers Seattle's slump

McLaren was tossed after Jarrod Washburn walked Donnie Murphy with the bases loaded, tying the game at 1. Plate umpire Chris Guccione called ball four on a pitch that appeared well off the plate and Washburn shouted "that's not inside!" and punctuated it with an expletive.

McLaren got ejected while yelling from the dugout, and he came out to confront the umpire, who rolled his eyes and looked away. When crew chief Tom Hallion intervened, McLaren yelled at him, too, before stomping off to the night's loudest cheers from the home crowd.

Washburn then walked Kurt Suzuki to force in a second run and Shannon Stewart's two-run single made it 4-1.

Mark Ellis tied a career high with four hits while Mike Piazza broke a 4-4 tie in the 6th inning with a two run single to center.

Relievers Ruddy Lugo (6-0), Andrew Brown, Alan Embree and Huston Street shut out the Mariners over the final 4º innings.

After walking Jose Lopez to load the bases in the seventh, Brown struck out Yuniesky Betancourt on three pitches to strand the tying runs. Street got his 14th save in 18 chances by finishing the ninth.

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