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Mariners still looking for big hits, fall to Bucs

Wednesday - 6/26/2013, 8:52pm  ET

Seattle Mariners pitcher Charlie Furbush, right, walks away from the mound after being pulled by Mariners manager Eric Wedge, second from left, in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in Seattle. The Pirates defeated the Mariners 4-2. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

CURTIS CRABTREE
Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) -- Mariners manager Eric Wedge is tired of seeing 41-year-old Raul Ibanez get the only big hits for Seattle.

Ibanez homered for the fourth time in four games, but Seattle missed a couple of late chances and lost to Pittsburgh 4-2 Wednesday. The Pirates won their season-high sixth in a row.

With the score 2-all, Seattle put two runners on with one out in the eighth inning. Reliever Vin Mazzaro (4-2) struck out Justin Smoak and got Michael Saunders to fly out to end the threat.

Pittsburgh scored twice in the ninth off relievers Charlie Furbush (1-4) and Yoervis Medina to pick up the victory. Jordy Mercer singled home the go-ahead run.

"We've got to hit. It's time to hit," Wedge said. "You're not going to win games unless you hit. They got the two-out hit. We didn't. Game over. That's the difference."

Struggles at the plate have been a constant theme for the Mariners long before Wedge took over in 2011. Now in his third season as Mariners' manager, Wedge is fed up with the lack of offensive output.

"I'm tired of talking about approach, mechanics or whatever," Wedge said. "You've got to hit. We can break it down 10 times and 10 times again. We've been doing that for 2
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