Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes, you think you're on the road to victory, but instead take a detour -- that's kind of what happened to the Padre's Wednesday night against the Mariners.
Kouzmanoff continued his hot streak with a two-run blast. He's driven in 20 runs in the last 15 games and raised his average 23 points in just two weeks.
In the fifth inning, the Padres had a rally working; Tony Gwynn singled home a run, then Eliezer Alfonzo got caught up in a rundown to end the inning. The Padres didn't score again, but it was a different story for Seattle.
Franklin Gutierrez led off the eighth inning with a home run off reliever Edward Mujica, and the Seattle Mariners won their 19th one-run game of the season, 4-3. Gutierrez has homered four times in five games against the Padres, and has 3 homers in 60 games against the rest of the league.
Russell Branyan also hit his 18th homer of the season in the second inning for Seattle, a three-run shot that erased the Padres' early 2-0 lead. Seattle has won six of its last eight overall and improved to 19-13 in one-run games this season.