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Cory Spangenberg
Mariners waste opportunities, fall to Padres

SEATTLE All those home runs became nothing but a happy fading memory by the time the fifth runner was stranded in scoring position. A day after scoring 11 runs while belting six homers in their array of 15 hits, the Seattle Mariners showed that offensive outburst, particularly from their bats, can be fleeting. Obviously, expecting the production they had on Tuesday at Safeco Field to be repeated on Wednesday against San Diego Padres veteran starter James Shields was unrealistic. But given their opportunities, more than two runs could have been expected. Instead, the Mariners struggled with runners in scoring position, wasting a dozen opportunities and losing 4-2. The loss snapped...