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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Seattle Mariners Live Blog: Instant Reaction and Analysis

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 25:  Members of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrate after defeating the Seattle Mariners 9-4 at Safeco Field on June 25, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Robby BakerContributor IIIDecember 20, 2016

The Pittsburgh Pirates went into their afternoon game on June 26 looking for their second win in as many days over the Seattle Mariners.

Seattle sent Felix Hernandez to the mound looking for a bounce-back win.

King Felix was dominant throughout the game allowing only two runs and fanning eleven batters in his seven innings of work.

Hernandez's counterpart was Jeanmar Gomez. Gomez had an equally impressive outing throwing five innings allowing one run and striking out five.

The game was a tight pitchers duel throughout.

Raul Ibanez proved to be all the offense for Seattle on the afternoon as he accounted for both Mariner runs.

Neil Walker's two-run home run in the fourth was all the offense the Pirates could muster until the ninth.

In the top of the ninth though, the Pirates smelled blood in the water. Pittsburgh put up two runs in the top of the ninth inning.

Seattle did all they could in the bottom half of the ninth to stage a comeback but in the end Mark Melancon earned his second save of the year for the Pirates.

This win was the Pirates sixth in a row and moves then a half game behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL Central Division lead and for the best record in all of baseball.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by during the game.

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