The streak of consecutive games played ended where it started for Justin Smoak.
The Mariners first baseman was out of the starting lineup for the first time since coming off the bereavement list April 26 in Detroit.
That's 39 straight games. His only time off came on Mariners' days off and two rainouts in Cleveland on May 14 and 15.
"I needed to get Smoak a day," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said before the game. "We were going to give him a day (Wednesday), but I felt like it was important for him to play. So we gave him today."
Twelve games into that 39-game stretch, Smoak was moved up in the batting order from fifth to third with the departure of Milton Bradley on May 10.
It's too early to be concerned, but Smoak's offensive numbers are down considerably since he moved to No. 3. In 27 games at the new spot, Smoak is hitting .206 (21-for-102) with a .308 on-base percentage and a .402 slugging percentage. He's hit five homers and driven in 13 runs, while drawing 14 walks and striking out 26 times.
In 29 games batting No. 5, Smoak hit .293 (29-for-99) with a .393 on-base percentage and a .535 slugging percentage. He had five homers, 21 RBI, 17 walks and 29 strikeouts.
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