Franklin Gutierrez lays out to snare a line drive in the first inning. (John Froschauer/AP)
By Jim Street / MLB.com
The Mariners made a statement to their division rivals in the first-half finale, asserting their presence in the tight AL West with a galvanizing victory that was highlighted by a seventh-inning rally in which they took the lead for good.
BATTING HR: Blalock (19, 6th inning off Bedard, 1 on, 1 out), Cruz, N (22, 6th inning off Batista, 0 on,
2 out). TB: Blalock 5; Byrd; Cruz, N 4. RBI: Blalock 2 (42), Cruz, N (53). 2-out RBI: Cruz,
N. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cruz, N. GIDP: Teagarden. Team RISP: 0-for-6. Team
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