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Betancourt beats Oakland in 9th

SEATTLE -- Adam Jones led off the eighth inning with a pinch-hit solo homer and Yuniesky Betancourt singled home Charlton Jimerson with two outs in the ninth, giving the Seattle Mariners a 6-5 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.

Jones drove a 1-2 pitch from reliever Alan Embree just over the 385-foot sign in right-center field for his second homer since being called up from Triple-A Tacoma on Aug. 3.

Originally it was going to be Jeremy Reed pinch-hitting and facing Santiago Casilla. When Oakland manager Bob Geren saw Reed on deck, he called for Embree and Seattle manager John McLaren countered with Jones.

Embree finished the eighth and got the first out of the ninth before handing off to Andrew Brown. Jose Guillen greeted Brown (2-2) with a single to left and went to second on Ben Broussard's slow grounder to second. Brown intentionally walked Jose Vidro and Jimerson pinch-ran for Guillen.

Betancourt then lined an 0-1 pitch from Brown into center field, easily scoring Jimerson.

Mike Piazza had given Oakland the lead with a pinch-hit, two-run single in the seventh inning, his first hit in six at-bats as a pinch hitter this season. Piazza lined a high fastball into left field, scoring Shannon Stewart and Nick Swisher, the latter beating Raul Ibanez's throw to the plate to give Oakland a 5-4 lead.

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