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Luetge's streak ends, but he hangs tough

Luetge's streak ends, but he hangs tough

Luetge's streak ends, but he hangs tough
PHOENIX -- It took 16 2/3 innings, but Mariners reliever Lucas Luetge finally allowed the first earned run of his season, and his career, on Tuesday against the D-backs.

Although the Rule 5 pick was disappointed to see the streak come to an end, he admitted he never thought it would last as long as it did.

"Coming into this, I never expected to last a week without giving up a run, it was the best 2 1/2 months of my life," Luetge said. "It's disappointing, nobody wants to give up runs any time you go out there, but I knew it was going to happen eventually though. Now it's over with and I can go out there and try to start another one."

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Even though his scoreless run ended rather abruptly, it could've been much worse for the 25-year-old rookie. Luetge allowed the first three batters of the sixth inning to reach base before inducing a double play and a strikeout to get out of the frame, only allowing one run to score.

"That's what I was happy with, I gave up the run and I calmed myself down and tried to focus on making a pitch," he said. "I guess it turned out to help us win the game, if I give up two or three, we probably don't go into extras and win it."

And with a bullpen already depleted due to a brief outing from its starting pitcher, there likely wasn't any help coming for Luetge -- it was his mess to clean up.

"We were thin with our pitching, and then he came in and things happened to him," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "So for him to get through that inning was a big part of the win."

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