Another of the game's highlights came when Washburn came home with the go-ahead run following Vazquez's throwing error on a run-scoring infield single by Mariners catcher Jamie Burke. The most memorable moment, however, occurred when Washburn emerged from the third-base dugout with a belt in his hands."I was sitting on the bench, and I never wear a belt, my spikes or even my jersey," he said. "When I heard 'Wash', I ran up to the clubhouse, put on my jersey and spikes, and ran back to the dugout. Someone said I forgot my belt, and [Riggelman] gave me his." Washburn ran for Kenji Johjima, who was unable to continue after being hit on his left leg by a pitch. Washburn said it was the first time in his career he has been used as pinch-runner. "I can run," he quipped. He got a chance to show it off, too, when after moving to second base on a sacrifice bunt, Burke hit a ball that Vazquez knocked down and then threw away at first. Burke ended up at third base, representing an insurance run. Riggleman flashed the suicide squeeze bunt sign to third-base coach Sam Perlozzo, who relayed it to Burke and the batter, Yuiniesky Betancourt. The result was a missed bunt attempt, and Burke was tagged out for the second out of the inning. "I don't know what to say," Riggleman said. "[Betancourt] got a good pitch to do it with, and whiffed it. You saw it." That extra run would have come in handy for Putz, who still hasn't regained the form that enabled him to convert 40 of 42 save attempts last season. He received his fourth loss and fifth blown save in 12 save chances. "I'm not talking," he said. "He's just not totally there," Riggleman said. "That's a good hitting ballclub, and they got him." It was the second time in the past two seasons here that Vazquez "got" Putz. In a game here on July 25, 2007, Putz entered a game in the eighth inning with the Mariners leading by one run, needing four outs to record his 28th consecutive save in his up-to-then perfect season. Vazquez hit a two-run homer, stunning the Mariners, and Putz in particular. "These losses are tough to take," Riggleman said. "Guys are agonizing and they had better be. If you don't agonize over these losses, you shouldn't be wearing a uniform."
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.