Marco Gonzales won his fourth straight start and Daniel Vogelbach hit a two-run homer as the Seattle Mariners defeated the host Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series.
Gonzales (9-6), a left-hander out of Gonzaga, allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits in five innings, with no walks and four strikeouts.
Mariners relievers Cory Gearrin, Austin Adams, Anthony Bass and Matt Festa combined for four scoreless innings.
Brewers right-hander Zach Davies (7-2) went four innings, allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts. He’s 0-2 in his past three starts.
The Mariners took the lead with a four-run third. With one out, Mallex Smith doubled and J.P. Crawford followed with a run-scoring triple, both to right field. Domingo Santana doubled off the glove of shortstop Orlando Arcia to bring home Crawford with the go-ahead run. Vogelbach then hit his 19th homer of the season, a two-run shot to right-center field, to give Seattle a 4-1 advantage.
The Mariners scored twice more in the fourth. Mac Williamson led off with a walk and advanced to second when third baseman Mike Moustakas made a throwing error on Dee Gordon’s grounder. Gonzales put down a sacrifice bunt, with Davies’ throwing error allowing Williamson to score and Gordon to reach third. Gordon scored on Crawford’s groundout to make it 6-1.
In the top of the fifth, Omar Narvaez lined a one-out single to center off right-hander Aaron Wilkerson, who replaced Davies. Williamson walked with two outs and Gordon followed with an RBI double to left.
The Mariners added their final run in the ninth as Kyle Seager led off with a double, moved to third on a groundout and scored on pinch-hitter Tim Beckham’s infield single.
RHP Tayler Scott, who became the first South African pitcher in MLB history with his M’s debut on June 8, was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles. Scott was 0-0 with a 9.39 ERA in five appearances with Seattle.
By the numbers
1-4: The Mariners’ record in interleague games this season after Tuesday’s victory.
Our take from Right Field
Maybe the M’s should have waited and worn their Turn Back the Clock Day uniforms featuring the 1969 Pilots in Milwaukee, where the team moved after one season in Seattle thanks to that old used-car salesman Bud Selig. (Yes, we’re still bitter …)
The M’s continue their three-game series in Milwaukee at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday. LHP Wade LeBlanc (4-2, 5.44 ERA) is scheduled to take over from an opener against Brewers RHP Adrian Houser (2-1, 2.27).
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