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Mariners win home opener in 10-inning thriller

Ken Griffery Jr. was 1-for-3 with a walk in his first game back as a Mariner.  He also caught the opening pitch (Photo: FSN) Ken Griffery Jr. was 1-for-3 with a walk in his first game back as a Mariner. He also caught the opening pitch (Photo: FSN)

SEATTLE - The red-hot Seattle Mariners will try to extend their winning streak to six games and their AL West-leading record to 7-2 tonight after capturing their home opener against the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 in 10 innings yesterday.

The surprising Mariners are off to their best start since 2001, their last playoff season, following a 101-loss 2008 season in which they finished 39 games behind the division champion Angels.

Tonight at 7:10, rookie manager Don Wakamatsu will send veteran left-hander Jarrod Washburn (1-0, 0.00) against Angels right-hander Jered Weaver (1-0, 0.00) in the second game of a three-game series.

Mariners All-Star right fielder Ichiro Suzuki is coming off the disabled list tonight after recovering from a bleeding ulcer.

Mariners 3, Anaheim 2
In yesterday's game, new Mariners starting center fielder Franklin Gutierrez hit a leadoff double in the 10th inning and scored the winning run on a throwing error by pitcher Scot Shields in the 10th.

A crowd of 45,958 turned out and saw 39-year-old Ken Griffey Jr. go 1-for-3 with a walk in his first home game for the Mariners since Sept. 26, 1999.

Roy Corcoran (1-0) earned the victory by pitching a scoreless 10th, escaping a jam. Four Mariners pitchers limited the Angels to seven hits.

 A crowd of 27,000 is expected for tonight's game.

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