Mike Leake had one bad inning.
And it proved costly.
Orlando Arcia hit a three-run homer as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the visiting Mariners 4-2 Thursday afternoon to salvage the finale of a three-game interleague series.
The Brewers snapped a two-game losing streak and put an end to the Mariners’ three-game winning streak.
Brewers right-hander Chase Anderson (4-2) allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out six.
Milwaukee left-hander Josh Hader retired the side in order in each of the final two innings, striking out three, to earn his 19th save of the season.
Leake (7-7) went six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out five.
The Brewers broke a scoreless tie with a four-run fourth.
Ryan Braun led off by grounding a single into center field and Eric Thames followed with a double to left, sending Braun to third. With one out, the Mariners walked Travis Shaw intentionally to load the bases for Anderson. The pitcher put down a sacrifice bunt on the first pitch he saw to score Braun and advance the other runners. Arcia, batting ninth, hit the next pitch over the right-field wall for a three-run homer to make it 4-0.
The Mariners cut their deficit in half by scoring twice in the sixth.
With one out, Domingo Santana hit a fly ball into the right-field corner that was dropped by outfielder Christian Yelich for a two-base error. Daniel Vogelbach then lined a run-scoring double to right, ending Anderson’s afternoon. Right-hander Matt Albers came on and was greeted with a run-scoring double, but Albers was able to get out of the inning without any further damage.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer, a Sandpoint native and former University of Idaho standout, threw out the first pitch. Kramer won five NFL championships, including the first two Super Bowls, with the Green Bay Packers. Thursday was La Crosse Day at Miller Park to salute M’s manager Scott Servais, who grew up in Coon Valley, Wisconsin, 17 miles southeast of La Crosse. … With M’s pitchers getting a chance to hit in the interleague series, Leake walked in the third inning and advanced to third on an infield error before getting stranded. At least he fared better than Wade LeBlanc, who was thrown out on the bases Wednesday night because he thought there were two outs in the inning … when there were none.
By the numbers
0: Number of hits Thursday for M’s pinch-hitter Omar Narvaez and outfielder Mallex Smith, snapping their respective hitting streaks at nine and seven games.
Our take from Right Field
The M’s took two of three in Milwaukee and might have pulled off the sweep if not for a suicide squeeze bunt by Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson. That scored the first run in the fourth and, despite a mound visit after the play, Leake allowed Arcia’s three-run homer on the next pitch.
The M’s open a three-game series at 5:10 p.m. Friday in Houston. LHP Tommy Milone (1-2, 3.35 ERA) is scheduled to take over after the M’s use a reliever as an opener. He’ll be facing LHP Wade Miley (6-4, 3.51), a former Mariner.
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