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  • Mariners 3, Yankees 2: Matt DeSalvo -- he who reads Camus and writes unpublished novels in his spare time -- threw seven innings of one-run ball for the Yankees before turning it over to the bullpen with a one-run lead. Second base umpire Gerry Davis blew a call and hurt the Yankees in the eighth. With two out, pinch runner Willie Bloomquist appeared to be caught stealing second. Davis called him safe, and Kenji Johjima predictably dunked a single to right to tie the game. Mariano Rivera made one mistake in the ninth by leaving a pitch up to Adrian Beltre, and the Yankees slipped back to two games below .500. The Yankees also demoted Kei Igawa in favor of Darrell Rasner, making that princely sum they spent to acquire the Japanese left-hander look all the more quizzical.

  • Giants 9, Mets 4: Mets pitching put up plenty of zeros -- except in the fifth inning. That's when the Giants, aided by not one but two Bengie Molina homers, scored nine runs off Mets starter Oliver Perez and reliever Lino Urdaneta. Perez looked good otherwise and wasn't helped by the umpiring or a bad error by Damion Easley. The lefty still could have used better damage control.