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September 13, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Game thread: Cardinals 2, Mariners 1, FINAL in 10 innings

The Mariners have dropped nine of their last 12 games and four in a row as they take on the St. Louis Cardinals tonight.

The Mariners have dropped nine of their last 12 games and four in a row as they take on the St. Louis Cardinals tonight.

There were two outs and none on, but a single and then two Oliver Perez walks later, the bases were loaded. Perez then uncorked a pitch that bounced off Mike Zunino for a passed ball that ended the game. Mariners lose 2-1 in 10. That’s a club record 12th walkoff loss.

7:32 p.m.: Defense just cost the Mariners a tying run in the bottom of the eighth after Nick Franklin had a pop fly by pinch-hitter Brock Peterson fall in on him for a two-base error with one out. Peterson then stole third during a walk — with Kyle Seager leaping to keep the throw from heading down the left field line. Charlie Furbush got the double-play ball he needed after that, but Brad Miller’s throw on the back end bounced in the dirt and Kendrys Morales failed to scoop it.

So, instead of a 4-6-3 double play, the game is tied 1-1.

Justin Smoak has scooped balls like those all season. But he’s sitting tonight because of NL rules in effect and no DH. The Mariners could have brought Smoak in late as a defensive replacement, but Morales is due up in the ninth and I’m sure that’s why he’s still in the game at this point.

6:42 p.m.: Mike Zunino led off the top of the 5th with a 435-foot home run to left field off Adam Wainright, giving the Mariners a 1-0 lead. They almost doubled that advantage later in the inning when, with Nick Franklin on second base, Abraham Almonte hit a bounding ball up the middle that looked headed into center field. That would have scored the run because Franklin was flying around third. But second baseman Matt Carpenter made a full-out dive to knock the ball down, got up and nabbed Franklin in and inning-ending rundown between third and home.

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September 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Game thread: Royals 7, Mariners 6, FINAL in 13th

The Mariners will try to finish this road trip off with a 5-3 record despite some glaring inconsistencies on offense of late.

The Mariners will try to finish this road trip off with a 5-3 record despite some glaring inconsistencies on offense of late.

Mike Moustakas hit a long fly ball just foul down the right field line off Chance Ruffin in the 13th. Not to e deterred, moments later, he hit a long drive fair down the right field line with the count 0-2 to give the Royals a 7-6 win over the Mariners.

That kind of day.

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Comments | More in game thread | Topics: felix hernandez; michael saunders; dustin ackley; joe saunders

August 26, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Game thread: Rangers 8, Mariners 3

Rangers (75-55) vs Mariners (59-70) Monday 8/26, 10:10 PM ET at Safeco Field Radio: TEX: 103.3 ESPN , 1540am ESPN Deportes SEA: 710 ESPN, ESPN Deportes 1490 TV: TEX: FSSW SEA: ROOT SPORTS Rangers 2013 stats Last 5 years vs. starter AVG HR RBI SB AB AVG HR RBI Gentry, C, CF .253 2 17 14 – – – – Andrus, E, SS .257 1 45 35 5 .400 0 0 Kinsler, I, 2B .271 11 57 9 13 .385 3 4 Beltre, A, 3B .327 27 79 1 18 .222 0 3 Pierzynski, A, C .281 14 53 1 10 .300 0 0 More

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August 19, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Game thread: Athletics 2, Mariners 1, FINAL

Mariners and Athletics open a three-game series tonight with apparently nobody watching from the stands at the Coliseum.

Mariners and Athletics open a three-game series tonight with apparently nobody watching from the stands at the Coliseum.

Brandon Moss hit a walkoff homer to center off Carter Capps in the bottom of the ninth. Mariners lose it 2-1.

8:30 p.m.: Nick Franklin has been in a terrible slump, but opened the seventh inning by lining a single to right that Josh Reddick bobbled, allowing the speedy Franklin to take advantage and head to second. That was big because Franklin was then able to take third on a grounder to the right side and then scored on a Kendrys Morales single to right that ties the game 1-1.

Aaron Harang is now into his seventh inning of work, having scattered five hits so far, We’ve got ourselves a ballgame.

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August 17, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Game thread: Rangers 15, Mariners 3, FINAL

Felix Hernandez has suffered 18 losses against the Rangers, the most of any team he's faced in his career. But he's got a 1-0 lead after one inning.

Felix Hernandez has suffered 18 losses against the Rangers, the most of any team he’s faced in his career. But he’s got a 1-0 lead after one inning.

Don’t ask what just happened in the bottom of the eighth.

6:55 p.m.: The Mariners had kept the deficit to two runs for most of the night, but the Rangers doubled that in the seventh when pinch hitter Craig Gentry ripped a double to the left field corner to put Texas up 7-3. Carter Capps had started his second inning of relief by getting a groundout, then giving up a single and a walk before Jurickson Profar lined one deep to center that Dustin Ackley made a nice play on.

Perez came in from there, though, and the game got a lot less winnable for the Mariners in a hurry.

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August 15, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Game thread: Rays 6, Mariners 1, bottom 7th

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The Rays added a run in the seventh after Brandon Maurer hit Wil Myers with a pitch, then saw Evan Longoria bloop a single between two charging Mariners fielders. Second baseman Nick Franklin was again one of those chasing after the ball, but it was too deep to expect him to make a play on. Center fielder Dustin Ackley got a poor jump on the ball and it dropped in front of him. One out later, Yunel Escobar singled through the left side and the Rays added to their lead, now at 6-1.

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August 13, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Game thread: Mariners 5, Rays 4, bottom 9th

They're packing 'em in as usual at Tropicana Field, meaning you could hear the very vocal contingent of Brad Miller family members erupt when he hit his first leadoff home run in the first inning.

They’re packing ‘em in as usual at Tropicana Field, meaning you could hear the very vocal contingent of Brad Miller family members erupt when he hit his first leadoff home run in the first inning.

Justin Smoak singled and then Dustin Ackley hit a triple to center field to give the Mariners a 5-4 lead in the sixth inning. The Rays had two on, one out in the bottom of the inning, but Oliver Perez struck out Jose Lobaton and Kelly Johnson to carry the lead to the seventh.

5:52 p.m.: Ben Zobrist just tied Brad Miller 2-2 in home runs and tied this game 4-4 in the fifth with a two-run blast to right field off Erasmo Ramirez. Kelly Johnson led the inning off with a long single ripped off the right field wall before Zobrist hit his second homer of the night.

This is just the third time since records were kept starting in 1916 that two leadoff hitters have had multiple homers in the same game. The prior ones came June 5, 1994 when Chuck Knoblauch of the Twins and Tony Phillips of the Tigers did it. Before that was on July 8, 1965 when Joe Morgan of the Astros and Felipe Alou of the Milwaukee Braves went deep.

Ramirez is lucky not to be down by a run as Wil Myers ended the inning with a blast to the warning track in left center — the deepest part of the park — that was hauled in at the last moment.

5:28 p.m.:Brad Miller just launched his second home run of the night well into the back of the right field bleachers to give the Mariners a 4-2 lead in the fifth. It’s the second multi-homer game of Miller’s career.

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August 4, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Game thread: Mariners 3, Orioles 2, top 9th

The Mariners are trying to win their first series since taking two of three from the Cleveland Indians in a series that ended 11 days ago.

The Mariners are trying to win their first series since taking two of three from the Cleveland Indians in a series that ended 11 days ago.

Henry Blanco has done it again. Blanco just hit a two-run homer to left field off Wei-Yin Chen to give the Mariners a 3-2 lead in the seventh inning. That’s two homers on this road trip by Blanco, 41, a guy who only plays a handful of times per week if that. It’s his third homer of the season and his first that wasn’t a grand slam.

Chen hurt himself that inning by walking Brendan Ryan with two outs. It was his second walk of the inning — Michael Saunders was picked off first earlier — and third of the game. I have not been impressed by the number of walks given up by Orioles starters this series. This is a team with playoff aspirations, but it will need better pitching than it’s gotten from starters and the bullpen this series if it hopes to get there.

Joe Saunders is now positioned to win the game. He’s done after six innings and Yoervis Medina is now on to pitch.

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August 3, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Game thread: Mariners 8, Orioles 4, bottom 9th

Brad Miller wound up lining the game's first pitch into right field for a single. The Mariners are trying to snap a four-game losing streak.

Brad Miller wound up lining the game’s first pitch into right field for a single. The Mariners are trying to snap a four-game losing streak.

Baltimore scored twice in the seventh to cut Seattle’s lead to 6-4 and make things interesting yet again. Manager Buck Showalter was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the inning’s very first at-bat and it seemed to wake the Orioles up. Nick Markakis singled to right field and then Adam Jones doubled to right to put runners on second and third.

Erasmo Ramirez was pulled at that point and Charlie Furbush came on and yielded a sacrifice fly to left by Chris Davis and then an RBI single to center by Matt Wieters.

The Mariners had best score some runs because, remember, they are doing the closer-by-committee thing again and that could get adventurous.

This video shows Shelton Adams, an Orioles fan who pays his way into games, then stands between innings and gives his fellow spectators some unofficial public address announcing. He’s been doing it for years and the Orioles’ staffer apparently gave him a broken microphone they had lying around so he could use it as a prop. Also goes to Washington Nationals games, as well as some NBA Wizards and NHL Capitals contests.

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July 31, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Game thread: Red Sox 5, Mariners 4, FINAL IN 15 INNINGS

Hisashi Iwakuma tries to get the Mariners back in the win column after they decided to stand pat at the trade deadline.

Hisashi Iwakuma tries to get the Mariners back in the win column after they decided to stand pat at the trade deadline.

ADDITIONAL NOTE: The Mariners have traded infielder Robert Andino to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named.

Dustin Pedroia drew a leadoff walk off Lucas Luetge and took second on a groundout. After an intentional walk to Mike Napoli and strikeout of Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Luetge — clearly running on fumes — walked Jonny Gomes to load the bases with two out. Stephen Drew then lined a ball into the right field corner to cap a 5-4 Boston win in 15 inning.

8:51 p.m.: Brandon Snyder led off the 14th with a double to left center off Lucas Luetge. A bunt by Jacoby Ellsbury moved Snyder to third base and then Shane Victorino could have won it with a flyball to center.

But Michael Saunders settled under the medium-depth ball and fired a strike to Humberto Quintero to nab Snyder at the plate. What a game by Quintero tonight. On to the 15th we go.

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