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HURLER MISSES PERFECT GAME BY JUST 1 OUT

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Brian Holman came within one out of pitching the first perfect game in Seattle franchise history Friday night, surrendering a pinch-hit home run to Oakland's Ken Phelps in the ninth inning and finishing with a one-hitter in the Mariners' 6-1 victory over the Athletics.

In the ninth, Holman struck out pinch-hitter Felix Jose on a check swing and then induced Walt Weiss to ground out to second. Phelps, pinch-hitting for Mike Gallego, blasted Holman's first pitch into the right field bleachers, for his first homer as an Athletic and ending Holman's bid.Holman, who came over to the Mariners last season in the Mark Langston deal, became the fourth Seattle pitcher to hurl a one-hitter. He struck out seven, primarily with fastballs and sliders and stayed ahead of the hitters.

Ironically, the last Mariner to toss a one-hitter was Langston against the Texas Rangers on Sept. 24, 1988.

After Holman retired Rickey Henderson to end the game, he was congratulated by his teammates and received a rousing ovation from the Oakland crowd.

Holman was attempting to throw the first perfect game since Cincinnati's Tom Browning accomplished the feat on Sept. 16, 1988.