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Mariners 4, Red Sox 3; Tuesday, 5-27

Postgame trade: The Mariners are expected to announce Wednesday that they have traded pitcher Cha Seung Baek to the San Diego Padres for pitcher Jared Wells. Baek, who spent much of his career in Tacoma, was designated for assignment last week.

Final: Jose Lopez two-out single in the bottom of the ninth gives Mariners a 4-3 win.

A predictably happy clubhouse.

"There's something special about a walk-off," Mariners manager John McLaren said. "I just wanted to win for everybody. We really played the game right and we played the game hard. That goes for (the series in) New York and Detroit too. … This is a good feeling because the guys are sticking together. We're going to come out of this. The fans were great. There's always something special about the bottom of the ninth when you've got to go on the field and meet your guys and jump up and down. It's a real special feeling."

And perhaps a little intimidating.

"I wanted to run to center field because I knew my team was coming to kill me," Lopez said. "I feel great after that hit, the RBI, the team winning, and ending the seven game losing streak."

Matsuzaka, who left after four innings, apparently suffered a right shoulder injury of undetermined severity. He'll be examined more fully Wednesday.

Other notes:

*The Mariners snapped a season-high seven-game losing steak.

* This was Seattle's first walk-off win since Sept. 27, 2007.

* Ichiro went 2x4, his third straight multi-hit game.

* Raul Ibanez got a hit, snapping an 0x16 streak.

* Kenji Johjima stole third base in the sixth inning ... the first time he's ever stolen third, and his first stolen base since September of 2006.

* The Mariners are 3-1 when I cover their games.

The Sox and M's will conclude the series at 7:10 tonight, with Seattle ace Erik Bedard going against Boston's Tim Wakefield.

"We're looking for Erik to follow-up (tonight)," McLaren said. "Give us another quality start, win us a series and feel good about ourselves on the off day (Thursday)."

9:20: Tonight's attendance: 30,758.

8:55: Nicely dramatic moment. A Yuniesky Betancourt error opens the door. Manny Ramirez at the plate representing the tying run. Red Sox fans cheering. Mariners fans answer with boos. Ramirez sends a shot 364 feet into the right field stands, tying it at 3-3. Ramirez lifts his right hand to the crowd twice as he circles the bases.

8:45: They're dropping like flies. With two outs in the Mariners half of the fifth, Boston shortstop Julio Lugo was tossed from the game. (Apparently complaining about a checked-swing ruling by third base umpire Angel Hernandez ... but it TV has a better idea, I'd be happy to hear it.) Then Boston manager Terry Francona came out to have his say and he got tossed too.

8:30: Boston starter Daisuke Matsuzaka has been removed from the game. He took the mound to warm up for the bottom of the fifth, and suddenly teammates, coaches and training staff were around him. Moments later, he was headed to the clubhouse.

8:27: Halfway through: M's, 3-0.

8:10: Through three, Mariners, 3-0.

8 p.m.: Through two and a half: Mariners 2, Red Sox 0.

7 p.m.: Nice day, fair crowd, roof open and a team on a seven-game losing streak facing an 8-0 pitcher. Play ball.

5:15: It's early, but this may be the line of the day:

McLaren was saying his team is tense and just needs a laugh for morale. He was asked if he's ever seen anything like that help a clubhouse.

His answer: "In Toronto, I think they brought a stripper in the clubhouse. It got mixed reviews. Some of the guys who were pretty close to the Lord weren't too happy about it."

4:50: The Mariners took the field a bit earlier than usual today in order to accommodate infield practice.

Manager John McLaren said it wasn't to improve the defense -- which has has been satisfied with lately -- but just an effort to a button -- any button -- to get this team on track.

"I'm just changing the routine," he said. "We've actually been fielding the ball really well. I'm just trying to change the routine up, and maybe give it a little spring training theme, I don't know, maybe just trying to break the monotony."

4:45: Here's the Mariners' lineup:

Ichiro, cf

Lopez, 2b

Vidro, dh

Ibanez, lf

Beltre, 3b

Johjima, c

Balentien, rf

Cairo, 1b

Betancourt, ss

You'll notice that Richie Sexson is sitting. McLaren told us not to make to much of that.

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