Mariners feel thrill, pain in win
Victory, grand slam overshadowed a bit by Felix's injury
NEW YORK -- Felix Hernandez was long gone, after hitting the first grand slam by a pitcher in Interleague history, then spraining his ankle. And the two relievers most likely to be used to end a game were unavailable for the Mariners' series opener against the Mets on Monday night.So veteran left-hander Arthur Rhodes became the last line of defense, and he came through in a big way. Rhodes sauntered in from the bullpen and struck out the two batters he faced in the ninth inning, securing the Mariners' 5-2 victory over the Mets in front of an announced crowd of 49,789 at Shea Stadium.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.