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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Winning Bat Imbroglio, Seattle Beats Orioles 5-1

SEATTLE -- Alex Rodriguez, flattered that Baltimore manager Dave Johnson asked for his bat to be checked, smacked a three-run homer to break a fifth-inning tie and help the Seattle Mariners beat the Orioles 5-1 Sunday.


"Actually, I thought it was very flattering," said Rodriguez, who uses Ken Griffey, Jr.'s bats. "A shortstop with a corked bat? It's pretty sweet. But I just grabbed another one of Junior's. I've been using them all year."


Seattle manager Lou Piniella had asked for Oriole Bobby Bonilla's bat to be confiscated after his fourth-inning single.


"I didn't want to let him hit with it, so I might as well take it out of his hands," said Johnson about why he asked home-plate umpire Ted Barrett to confiscate Rodriguez's bat for X-rays as the shortstop approached the plate. "It didn't affect much of anything.


"Not that I thought it was altered in any thing or any way. It's just that if you take one of my guys' bats, I'm going to take one of your guys' bats."


"I could care less. That's why I got six dozen," Griffey said.


Terry Mulholland (3-1) allowed one run and seven hits, walked three and struck out two for Seattle, which split the four-game series and won for the fifth time in seven games.


Bonilla hit his 23rd homer for Baltimore, which stayed four games behind the Yankees in the American League East, one game behind Chicago in the wild-card race and one ahead of Seattle.


Cubs 3, Braves 2. A throwing error by second baseman Mark Lemke with two out in the bottom of the 12th allowed Luis Gonzalez to score the winning run from second as the Chicago Cubs edged the Atlanta Braves 3-2 Sunday.


Mike Campbell (3-0) pitched a scoreless 12th inning for the win, allowing one hit and one walk.


Atlanta starter John Smoltz, winless in his last three starts since recording his 20th win, allowed only Dave Magadan's solo homer in the second and Mark Grace's infield single in the seventh. He walked three and struck out nine.


"I never get down on this team," Smoltz said. "They've won so many games for me. To be honest, I should have thrown a shutout."


Chicago starter Dave Swartzbaugh, making his major-league debut, allowed one run and five hits with one walk and four strikeouts in four innings.


"It was certainly a surprise when they told me I was starting," said Swartzbaugh. "One day you're down in Triple-A, the next you're pitching against the best team in baseball."


Phillies 6, Dodgers 3. In Philadelphia, pinch hitter Ruben Amaro delivered a three-run double during a five-run eighth inning that vaulted the Phillies to a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.


Wendell Magee singled home Amaro to cap the rally.


The Dodgers, who had a three-game winning streak snapped, squandered a chance to tie the Padres for first place in the National League West. Instead, Los Angeles remained half a game ahead of Montreal in the wild-card race.


(For other results, see Scorecard)