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The Mariners ran their scoreless streak up to 21 innings before Mike Zunino belted a solo homer off Colby Lewis in the fifth inning.
“Eventually the odds were in our favor,” manager Lloyd McClendon said with a chuckle about ever scoring again.
With one run, the Mariners tacked on six more in the sixth, taking advantage of three errors and a few more miscues in the field from the Rangers. They also got a run at home on a transfer call that was overturned after McClendon challenged the play.
“The rule applies to not only the outfield but the infield as well, that play in particular,” said McClendon, who won a similar challenge earlier this year. “I thought it was a clear violation of the rule. It was an impactful play and we felt we should challenge it.”
Michael Saunders had a big game for the Mariners. He had two hits, including a RBI triple that got the scoring in the sixth inning. Not bad for a guy, who wasn’t supposed to start. Logan Morrison felt tightness in his hamstring just moments before the game started. Because he’d already been announced as the starter, the line-up couldn’t be adjusted. Instead, Saunders went in as a replacement – something he’s been doing late in the game.
“With the role I’m in, this was more unexpected,” he said. “It shows you to have to be ready at all times, especially mentally.”
Kyle Seager also had a nice night picking up two hits, including a RBI single in the six-run sixth. It was a much needed game for him and his first multi-hit game of the season. He has a current 15-game hitting streak at Rangers Ballpark and is a career .382 (39-for-102) hitter in Arlington.
All the run support was nice for Roenis Elias. But he didn’t really need it.
The young lefty turned in his best outing of his brief big league career. Elias worked 6 2/3 innings, giving up one run on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts to pick up his first big league win.
“It was the best I’ve seen him this year,” Zunino said.
What did Elias think of his win?
“It’s big,” Elias said through translator and bullpen coach Mike Rojas. “I’m very happy. I dedicate this to my wife and child.”
Elias’ got to see his child today before the game. His wife was still in Mexico, but he called her postgame.
“She was very proud of me,” he said.
Elias didn’t dominate. He had runners on base in four of the seven innings. But he also got three double play ground balls to work out jams.
“He gave us exactly what he wanted,” McClendon said. “He made some quality pitches not only with his fastball, but his change-up. In fact I think he had two on his change-up, which is important for him.”
A few things …
McClendon said Morrison will be re-evaluated tomorrow, but thought it would be a day to day thing.
Lucas Luetge will be the roster casualty when Blake Beavan makes his start tomorrow. He was told after the game tonight. Roster move will be official tomorrow.
A few people asked, but Brandon Maurer’s start tonight in Tacoma was only a few innings because he was only supposed to throw 45 pitches.
Here’s a few more postgame notes from the M’s
*** The Mariners 5-6-7-8-9 hitters (Saunders, Seager, Smoak, Ackley, Zunino) combined to go 9-for-21 with 6 runs scored and 5 RBI…Saunders, Seager, Smoak and Zunino all recorded multi-hit games.
*** The Mariners turned a season-high 4 double plays (5-4-3 twice, 4-6-3, 6-4-3)…last game with 4 DP’s was 7/2/13 at Texas (3 GDP, 1 DP)…last game with 4 GIDP’s was 7/7/12 at Oakland.
*** The Mariners 6-run 6th inning is tied for the largest scoring inning of the season (also 6 runs in 9th inning on Opening Day)…6 hits are a single-inning high this season (previous: 4 hits, 5x, last: 6th inning 4/11 vs. Oakland)…sent 11 batters to the plate, second time this season to bat around in an inning.
*** The Mariners snapped a streak of 21 consecutive innings with Mike Zunino’s solo home run in the 5thinning…was the longest offensive scoreless streak for the Mariners since a 20-inning streak last season (8/31-9/2/13) and a 25-inning streak in 2012 (6/23-26/12).