Rickey Henderson, known for better speed than Babe Ruth if not power, was glad to have his name linked with the Bambino's on Sunday.
"Anytime you pass one of the great guys that played the game and opened the doors for us to go out there and have something to shoot for, it's just a great feeling," Henderson said. "You just want to be affiliated with them"
Henderson was 3-for-5, moving into 35th place with 2,875 hits, two more than Ruth. His first-inning double gave him 477, moving past Zack Wheat into 50th place on that list.
With the score 3-3, Henderson opened the eighth with an opposite-field triple off Russ Springer (2-3), a drive that fell under the glove of right fielder Jason Conti and rolled into foul territory.
"I said, `I'm going to make sure it goes to the middle this time, and hen I'm going to take off,' " said Henderson, who was thrown out at home on a grounder to third in the first inning. "But the ball went to the second baseman. It was exciting, because we were saying, `We need another run.' That was a big run."
"We haven't been scoring runs like we normally have," manager Buck Showalter said. "We have a better track record, and hopefully we'll follow that."
Arizona's Nelson Figueroa, making his third major league start, allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings.
"It's kind of tough to be a fill-in right now," said Figueroa, called up Sunday from Triple-A Tucson. "Especially when you know that, given the opportunity, you could do better. It's kind of like having a one-game audition."
Seattle's Paul Abbott gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings.
Arizona went ahead in the second on Conti's RBI triple, but Seattle took a 3-1 lead in the fourth on Javier's sacrifice fly and Joe Oliver's two-run homer.
"I went up with two outs and got a slider on the inner-half part of the plate," Oliver said. "I put a good swing on it, and I was just glad to get something going. You know, the ballclub is out here playing two guys short (Edgar Martinez) and (Alex Rodriguez)."
Figueroa singled in the fifth, his first hit in three major league at-bats, and scored on Bell's RBI groundout after he reached third on an error on Tony Womack's infield single. Luis Gonzalez followed with a game-tying single.
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