SEATTLE (AP) - It wasn't just one or two members of Seattle's starting staff that San Diego couldn't solve during interleague play this season.
It was six, and all of them had their way with the Padres' hitters.
The most recent was Blake Beavan, who made his major league debut on Sunday by holding the Padres to just one run over seven innings in the Mariners' 3-1 victory over the Padres.
Seattle took five of six from San Diego during their two interleague series, and the numbers Seattle's starters put up were impressive.
``We saw six different starters, they pitch with an upbeat tempo between pitches (and) they come at you with fastballs,' Padres manager Bud Black said. ``It seemed as though they six guys were throwing strikes and pitching the fastball to both sides of the plate and locating.'
In the six games, Seattle's starters were 5-1 with a 0.50 ERA in 54 innings, with 56 strikeouts and just eight walks. The Padres hit .162 against Felix Hernandez, Michael Pineda, Doug Fister, Jason Vargas, Erik Bedard and Beavan.
While he was the newest member of that group on Sunday, Beavan (1-0) fit right in. He struck out four and walked only two batters, becoming just the eighth pitcher in club history to go at least seven innings in his major league debut, and the first since Jim Converse in 1993.
The Padres' lone run off Beavan came in the third when Will Venable followed Alberto Gonzalez's single with a double into the right-center field gap that rolled all the way to the wall and allowed Gonzalez to score from first base.
Venable had the only other hit off Beavan with a two-out single in the fifth.
``We didn't have a whole lot on him, but he threw a lot of fastballs and we didn't make the adjustment,' San Diego's Nick Hundley said.
San Diego briefly threatened in the eighth loading the bases with two outs when Chris Denorfia walked on a 3-2 pitch, but reliever David Pauley got Cameron Maybin waving at a curveball for strike three to end the threat.
San Diego's Mat Latos struggled early before settling down and pitching six innings, giving up just four hits and three runs. Latos (5-9) lost for the third time in his past five starts and hasn't pitched beyond the sixth inning since May 25.
``I just got off to a slow start with getting ahead of hitters and putting them away,' Latos said.
A day after being shut out and watching San Diego score its only run when Maybin walked after a ball made the count full and no one in the stadium caught on it was only ball three, Seattle needed just three batters to take the lead on Latos.
Ichiro Suzuki led off with a single, stole second and scored on Adam Kennedy's opposite-field single. The Mariners got two more off Latos in the third when Suzuki and Brendan Ryan started the inning with consecutive singles and Kennedy walked to load the bases.
Justin Smoak then hit a 3-2 pitch to deep left field that looked as if it could be Seattle's first grand slam of the season. But the ball fell into Denorfia's glove on the warning track, deep enough to score Suzuki and for Ryan to tag up and advance to third. Ryan's aggressiveness was rewarded when rookie Dustin Ackley followed with a fly ball to center that was deep enough for Ryan to score and give Seattle a 3-1 lead.
``In this type of game and that type of situation with (Ryan's) speed he needs to do that,' Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. ``Obviously that was big for us.'
NOTES: Home plate umpire Bill Miller was visibly using a pitch indicator on Sunday, a day after the count on the stadium scoreboard was wrong when Maybin walked. ... Suzuki was left off the initial American League All-Star roster for the first time in his career when the team was released on Sunday. Suzuki responded with hits in his first two at_bats. Suzuki was an All-Star each of first 10 seasons. ... Padres closer Heath Bell was San Diego's only All-Star representative. Manager Bud Black held out hope middle reliever Mike Adams might get selected.
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