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Ibanez’s slam powers Mariners

OAKLAND -- Raul Ibanez hit a grand slam and doubled in a run to help Jeff Weaver end a four-start winless stretch, and the Seattle Mariners held off the Oakland Athletics' late rally for an 8-7 victory Tuesday night.

Ibanez's slam powers Mariners

Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 11 games with the first of three doubles that Seattle hit to start the game off Chad Gaudin (11-12). Suzuki also drove in two runs in the Mariners' seventh win in eight tries this year at the Oakland Coliseum.

Ibanez's 19th homer and second slam of the year highlighted Seattle's five-run fourth, which also featured Suzuki's bases-loaded walk to force in a run. All five runs were unearned after Gaudin (11-12) bobbled the ball for an error trying to field a bunt.

Weaver (7-12) won for the first time since Aug. 23 at Texas and improved his road record to 4-7 this year. Weaver allowed five hits and three runs, two earned, struck out three and walked one in seven innings before giving way to Eric O'Flaherty in the eighth.

O'Flaherty loaded the bases with one out on a hit batter and two walks, then was replaced by Sean Green. He immediately gave up Mark Ellis' bases-clearing triple that made it 8-6. Jack Hannahan followed with his second RBI double of the night.

Brandon Morrow relieved and got pinch-hitter Mike Piazza to fly out to center. George Sherrill struck out the side in the ninth for his second save in six chances.

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