SEATTLE – Wil Myers lined an RBI double off major league saves leader Edwin Diaz with one out in the ninth inning, lifting the San Diego Padres over the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Diaz entered with the game tied at 1 and struggled without having a chance at his 55th save. Diaz (0-4) gave up singles to Hunter Renfroe and Eric Hosmer leading off the inning. After a strikeout of Franmil Reyes, Myers jumped on the first pitch and pulled it into the left-field corner, letting pinch-runner Travis Jankowski score easily from second.
It was just the second inning all night the Padres put multiple runners on base, but they were able to capitalize on their opportunity, unlike the Mariners.
Seattle was 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position and missed on chances to take the lead in both the seventh and eighth innings. Kirby Yates pitched the ninth inning for his eighth save.
Seattle had runners at second and third and no outs in the seventh and failed to score, and loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth inning, and failed to score again. Cameron Maybin, who doubled in the seventh, couldn’t come through in the eighth against Craig Stammen (8-2), flying out to the warning track in right to end the threat.
Seattle fell 8 1/2 games behind Oakland in the race for the second wild-card spot in the A.L. with only 18 games remaining. Robinson Cano’s solo home run in the third inning was Seattle’s only run
Marco Gonzales pitched well in his first start off the disabled list for Seattle. Gonzales lost four straight decisions before going on the disabled list with a muscle strain in his neck on Aug. 27. In all four starts, he allowed at least four earned runs. In two of the starts he was knocked around for seven and eight earned runs.
Iwakuma to leave team
Mariners right-handed pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma intends to try to continue his professional career next year pitching in Japan.
The 37-year-old Iwakuma has missed the entire 2018 season, as he’s tried to recover from major shoulder surgery in September 2017
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