Small crowds dominate the night

Associated Press / April 20, 2010

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Doug Fister took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Ken Griffey Jr. and Casey Kotchman combined to drive in five runs as the Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles, 8-2, last night in Seattle.

After a two-out walk in the first, Fister (2-1) retired the next 16 batters in a row before Nick Markakis opened the seventh with a clean single to center.

Griffey had a two-run single in the Mariners’ 7-run third inning and Kotchman hit a two-run home run in the third and a RBI double in the seventh.

The crowd of 14,528 was the smallest in Safeco Field’s history. The previous smallest was 15,818 on May 6, 2008.

Blue Jays 8, Royals 1 — Jose Bautista hit two home runs and Brandon Morrow pitched seven innings to propel host Toronto.

Travis Snider also homered to help the Blue Jays snap a three-game losing streak.

Attendance was 10,314, the smallest crowd in the 22-year history of Rogers Centre and breaking the mark set last Wednesday, when Toronto drew 10,610 for a game against the White Sox.

Nationals 5, Rockies 2 — Willie Harris hit a homer and drove in four runs, Craig Stammen recovered from his shortest start in the majors with eight strong innings, and host Washington moved back over .500 by beating Colorado before the smallest announced crowd in Nationals Park history.

Only 11,623 spectators saw Stammen (1-0) hold Colorado to two runs and five hits, lowering his ERA from 15.63 to 8.16. Against the Phillies Wednesday, the righthander lasted 1 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs.

Angels 2, Tigers 0 — Joel Pineiro pitched into the eighth inning and Fernando Rodney got the save against his former team, closing out Los Angeles’s win over Detroit at Anaheim, Calif.

Cardinals 4, Diamondbacks 2 — Matt Holliday went 3 for 5 with his fourth home run of the season, Brad Penny had his third strong outing and St. Louis opened a six-game road trip by Arizona its fifth loss in a row.

Penny (2-0) threw six scoreless innings after the Diamondbacks scored twice in the first. Holliday’s two-run homer off Arizona starter Rodrigo Lopez tied it in the fifth. Ryan Franklin tossed a perfect ninth for his fifth save in five opportunities.

Padres 3, Giants 2 — David Eckstein homered in the bottom of the 10th inning to give San Diego its fifth straight win.

Mets 6, Cubs 1 — Angel Pagan hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning for New York’s first extra-base hit since Friday and top prospect Ike Davis had an RBI single in his debut as the Mets beat visiting Chicago.

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