"I like that type of aggressive play," Betancourt said. "You just have to make sure that you don't take off a little too early and give away the squeeze."The game was a far cry from Saturday, when the Mariners hit four home runs. Sunday was a different story, with Seattle playing what is often referred to as "small ball." That's OK with Batista. "It's about scoring -- no matter how [you do it]," Batista said. "That's what offense is. ... And if we can not win with big ball, then play little ball. And if not, then try to make it middle ball, but you have to score. That's what the game is." Arroyo fell to 2-9 on the season, allowing three earned runs on 10 hits in seven innings. Reliever Eric O'Flaherty, who struck out Griffey, his favorite player when he was a child, earned his fourth win of the season by working a perfect seventh. J.J. Putz recorded the last four outs to earn his 21st save in as many chances. The Mariners have won two consecutive series, and four of their last five games, helping them finish 9-9 in Interleague Play this season. Seattle hosts the American League East-leading Red Sox in a three-game series starting Monday. The conclusion of Interleague Play may have also signified Griffey's last game in a city where he helped popularize baseball. He seemed to recognize that, as well, taking his time to exit the field that was constructed with him in mind. As he left the field for the final time, going out of his way to step on third base, the sellout crowd offered him one last standing ovation. Griffey tipped his cap, waved and disappeared into the dugout below. He finished the series 5-for-13 (.385). "I wasn't around when Griffey was here, but I never really realized what he meant to this community and everything, and the fans," Putz said. "I can't believe he was able to do what he was able to do this series." It didn't seem to surprise the fans.
Patrick Brown is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.