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SAN DIEGO, Cali. - Raul Ibanez found the right time to find some of his lost power Friday night. Ibanez homered to lead off the 11th inning for only his second home run of the season, giving the Seattle Mariners a 6-5 victory over the San Diego Padres in the opener of a 10-game road trip.
The second-place Mariners stayed 5½ games back of the American League West-leading Los Angeles Angels, who beat St. Louis Friday night. They won for the 12th time in 17 games and broke the Padres' five-game winning streak.
Ibanez was 4-for-6 with two RBIs and two runs scored. He was the Mariners' MVP last season when he had a career-high 33 homers.
The Mariners came back to take the opener of a three-game series at San Diego after Miguel Batistia blew a 5-0 lead after 4½ innings.
The Mariners' Yuniesky Betancourt extended his career-best hitting streak to 19 games, the longest active streak in the majors. Jose Lopez and Kenji Johjima had three hits apiece for the Mariners, who had 16 hits.
The Mariners' bullpen pitched three 2-3 scoreless innings. Eric O'Flaherty got the final out of the 10th for the win, while J.J.
Putz pitched a perfect 11th for his 16th save in as many chances. Batista gave up four runs in the seventh inning as the Padres rallied to tie the score at 5. In 6 2-3 innings, he allowed five runs on five hits and three walks.
Mariners third-base coach Carlos Garcia was ejected by plate umpire Alfonso Marquez for arguing a called strike to pinch-hitter Jose Vidro with two outs in the ninth.
The Mariners will bring right-hander Jeff Weaver off the 15-day disabled list and start him tomorrow night against the Padres. He's been on the disabled list since May 11th with shoulder tendinitis.
The Mariners hope the layoff will help Weaver, who has an 0-6 record, with a 14.32 ERA.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)