MARINERS POUND OUT SEASON-HIGH 19 HITS, SEGURA COLLECTS FOUR
What happened: Kyle Seager went 3 for 5 with a two-run home run and a two-run double to pace the Seattle Mariners over the Colorado Rockies 10-4 on Tuesday at Coors Field.
The M’s pounded out 19 hits, a season high, in completing a two-game sweep.
Jean Segura collected four hits, while Ben Gamel and Guillermo Heredia added three apiece, and Robinson Cano connected for his 10th home run of the season.
Ariel Miranda (W, 5-2, 4.17) went five innings before running out of gas quickly. He gave up two runs, both in that fifth inning, on three hits and four walks with one strikeout.
Rockies starter Tyler Anderson gave up six runs on 11 hits and two walks with three strikeouts over five innings.
- The M’s got things going in the second. Nelson Cruz led off with a walk and Kyle Seager deposited a 2-1 fastball into the bullpens in right-center for his fifth home run of the season. Guillermo Heredia followed with a full-count walk, and came all the way around on Mike Zunino’s double to the left field corner. The Rockies might have had a play, but LF Ian Desmond booted it to remove any doubt.
- In the bottom half, Cruz was removed from the game with right calf tightness. He jogged home on Seager’s homer so there was nothing apparent that happened on the field.
- The hits kept coming in the third. Robinson Cano led off with a single and went to third on Ben Gamel’s double. Seager then doubled to right to plate both to make it 5-0. It marks Seager’s 17th career four-plus RBI game. Heredia followed with a single up the middle and Seager came around to score.
- Miranda got into some trouble in the fifth. Carlos Gonzalez led off with a double and Miranda came back to get the next two outs. Pinch-hitter Pat Valaika walked after a nine-pitch at-bat, the Charlie Blackmon walked to load the bases. DJ LeMahieu sliced a soft liner down the right field line that plated two, but Miranda rebounded to get Nolan Arenado to fly to right to end the threat.
- Cano launched his 10th homer of the season off lefty reliever Mike Dunn in the seventh. Gamel followed with a triple to the alley in left center and tried to score on Heredia’s grounder to second. Gamel dived into catcher Ryan Hanigan’s shinguard and originally ruled safe. Upon review, Gamel was called out. Manager Scott Servais asked for a review of catcher’s interference but the call stood upon second review.
- With two down in the eighth, Jean Segura picked up his fourth hit of the day, which pushed his batting average to .347, then stole second and moved to third when catcher’s throw went into centerfield.
- The Rockies picked up a run in the eighth on a triple by Charlie Blackmon and LeMahieu’s groundout. Colorado then picked up a couple of baserunners, but Segura made a nice pick Gonzalez’ slow roller and the throw barely beat him for the third out.
- The M’s loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth on consecutive singles by Gamel, Seager and Heredia. Two came in on Jarrod Dyson’s single through a drawn-in infield, then Taylor Motter pinch-hit and drove one into center to plate a third run.
It’s a good sign the M’s rebounded after a rough start to the road trip to end on a positive note at 4-4 on the eight-game swing. But don’t read too much into the offensive fireworks. Coors Field is is notorious for being an offensive ballpark and you can only trust the results there so much. Still, two wins against a division-leading team is a good way to end any trip.
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Players of the Game
Hero: Kyle Seager. 3 for 5, two runs, double, homer, four RBIs.
Goat: Danny Valencia. 0 for 4, three GIDPs and a strikeout.
Colorado Rockies (33-21) at Seattle Mariners (24-29) on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. at Safeco Field. RHP Antonio Senzatela (7-1, 3.19) faces LHP James Paxton (3-0, 1.43).
What others are saying (and writing)
As described above, the offense came alive at Mile High in the 10-4 victory, especially Seager, who had four hits. … The road trip, which began so poorly, ended at 4-4, not bad considering the competition. … The loss dropped Colorado, this year’s National League Cinderella story, out of first place. … Felix Hernandez’s bursitis is good enough that he could pitch a simulated game this weekend. … If the M’s have an extended losing streak in the next month or so, Larry Stone believes they may become sellers as the trade deadline creeps up. It makes sense. … Segura is a hitting machine. Stealing bases is a bit more problematic. … There may have been a good reason for Buster Posey not to get involved the other day.
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