Mariners go wild once more in ninth, stun Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Instead of forcing the Angels into one other ninth-inning implosion of errors, the Mariners turned the ninth inning into an explosion of hits and runs.
And because the Angels followers, no less than those that determined to remain after Seattle scored 5 runs within the prime of the ninth inning, vented their anger on the Mariners gamers and their frustrations with their very own staff, the Mariners basked of their finest offensive exhibiting in an 8-2 drubbing of their American League West rivals.
Adam Frazier’s two-run triple and Julio Rodriguez’s line drive of a two-run homer to proper subject highlighted the explosion of runs off veteran reliever Jesse Chavez within the prime of the ninth inning, turning a one-run lead right into a rout.
With the victory, the Mariners assured a sequence win and can go for a three-game sweep of the Angels on Wednesday afternoon.
Seattle returned to 10 video games over .500 at 64-54 and right into a tie for the primary American League wild-card spot with the Tampa Bay Rays.
The eight runs is probably the most the Mariners have scored since their July 4 victory over the Padres that was additionally 8-2.
For the primary 5 innings scoring a run and even getting a runner on base was an impossibility.
For the these first 5 innings, Jose Suarez was excellent. Using an assortment of sliders and change-ups, the stocky left-hander retired the primary 15 Mariners he confronted. The Mariners didn’t have a lot in the way in which of hard-hit balls in that stretch.
But after Suarez retired Curt Casali on a pop-up, Frazier ended his hopes of historical past with an infield single deep within the gap to shortstop.
With one out of the way in which, the Mariners added three extra in a row. Sam Haggerty slashed a line drive into left subject and Rodriguez, who was hitless in his earlier 16 at-bats, dumped a single into left-center to load the bases.
The fourth consecutive single of the inning belonged to Ty France, who was 1 for 19 on the street journey. France laced a 3-2 fastball from Suarez previous first baseman Jared Walsh for a single that scored a pair of runs to tie the sport. Jesse Winker adopted with a fly ball to proper subject that was deep sufficient to permit Rodriguez to tag up and race dwelling for the go-ahead run.
Seattle received a high quality begin from lefty Robbie Ray, who wasn’t all the time environment friendly in his six innings of labor, permitting two runs on six hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts. He allowed a solo dwelling run to Luis Rengifo within the first inning and an RBI single to Rengifo within the third inning. But Ray didn’t permit one other run the remainder of the way in which. And given a lead within the backside of the sixth, Ray labored round a leadoff single from Taylor Ward and error from Winker that allowed him to advance to second on the play. He got here again to strike out Max Stassi and Jared Walsh and finish his outing on a weak floor out to brief from Magnerius Sierra.