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ARI@LAA: Cahill K's eight over seven in three-hit bid

After the D-backs and the Mariners relied heavily on their bullpens Tuesday night, the managers will be hoping their starting pitchers can go deep into Wednesday's series finale.

Both starters threw just four innings and each team needed six relievers to finish Tuesday's game, which the Mariners won, 12-9, in 10 innings.

On Wednesday, the Mariners and D-backs will both turn to pitchers who are familiar with their opponent. Right-hander Trevor Cahill, who will start for the D-backs, has made 11 starts against the Mariners. Left-hander Jason Vargas, who will go for the Mariners, has faced the D-backs three times.

Vargas has given up at least one home run in each of his past seven starts. He said the homer binge has frustrated him.

"That's kind of what's been happening," Vargas said. "The last [seven] starts, the home runs are what's killed it."

The D-backs hit three home runs in Tuesday's slugfest. But it wasn't enough as they allowed more than three runs for just the third time in June. D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said his pitchers have been able to get into a good rhythm this month but knows there is a lot of baseball left.

"It'll be more and more challenging and more taxing," he said. "But our defense and pitching have been great. Guys are hitting their spots well and defending well."

D-backs: Gibson credits Hill with sparking offense
• A day after second baseman Aaron Hill became the fifth D-back to hit for the cycle, Arizona's offense scored nine runs Tuesday against the Mariners. The D-backs pounded out seven extra-base hits, including three home runs.

Before Tuesday's game, Gibson said he thought Hill's performance could help the whole offense.

"That's big for everybody, that helps everybody relax," Gibson said. "When they struggle they put it on themselves to be the guy."

• Tuesday's loss snapped a six-game winning streak at Chase Field for the D-backs. They are now 16-17 at home this season.

Mariners: Ichiro picks up milestone hit
• Right fielder Ichiro Suzuki collected his 2,500th Major League hit Tuesday. He didn't stop there, going 4-for-5 with two RBIs to raise his career total to 2,503 and his average to .265 this season.

• Left-hander Charlie Furbush struck out four batters in two innings Tuesday, extending his streak of appearances with at least one strikeout to 14. Since starting the streak May 13, Furbush has struck out 23 batters in 16 2/3 innings.

Worth noting
• While Cahill has made 11 starts against the Mariners in his four-year career, all of them came as a member of the Athletics. Eleven members of the Mariners have faced him, led by Ichiro, who is 11-for-27 against the right-hander.

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