Diamond Beat: After sweep at Arizona, Mariners play at Houston
Here's a daily track of baseball results and news:
SUNDAY, SEPT. 5
Mariners 10, Diamondbacks 4, 11 innings — Seattle erupted for seven runs in the 11th inning for the win and three-game sweep at Arizona.
In the 11th, Kyle Seager had a two-run double, Abraham Toro an RBI single, Tom Murphy an RBI single, Jake Bauers a two-run double and Mitch Haniger an RBI single.
Seattle (75-62), which has won five consecutive games to take over second place in the American League West Division (over Oakland), now plays three games at A.L. West leader Houston (79-57).
Emeralds win 2-1, 6-1 over Hops — Hillsboro (48-58) dropped a doubleheader to Eugene at Ron Tonkin Field.
In the opening game, a completion of Saturday's suspended game, Carter Aldrete hit a solo homer as Eugene scored two runs in the seventh inning. In the second game, Franklin Labour hit a two-run homer for Eugene.
Hillsboro had 12 hits in the two games, one for extra bases (Ronny Simon double).
Hillsboro plays at Tri-City, Sept. 7-12.
Canadians 7, AquaSox 4 — Philip Clarke and Andres Guerra homered in Vancouver's win at Everett. The Canadians had 12 hits, three by Clarke.
Vancouver (51-57) plays a series against Spokane at Ron Tonkin Field, Sept. 7-12.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 4
Mariners 8, Diamondbacks 5 — Kyle Seager hit two three-run homers and J.P. Crawford had four hits and two runs scored and a go-ahead two-run single. The Mariners had 14 hits.
Former Mariner Ketal Marte and former Westview High star Carson Kelly each homered for Arizona.
Arizona led 4-3 after the first inning, as the Diamondbacks tagged Seattle starter Marco Gonzales for four first-inning runs. But, Crawford hit a two-run single in the fourth inning and Seager hit his second three-run homer in the sixth inning.
AquaSox 10, Canadians 9 — Victor Labrada hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning as host Everett beat Vancouver. The Canadians had gone ahead with an unearned run in the top of the 11th inning.
Zac Cook hit a two-run homer and Tanner Morris and Philip Clarke solo shots for Vancouver.
Hops — Hillsboro's game Saturday against Eugene at Ron Tonkin Field was suspended because of faulty stadium lights after the second inning, and will be made up on Sunday.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 3
Mariners 6, Diamondbacks 5, 10 innings — Seattle started a road trip with an extra-inning win, after blowing a 5-1 lead.
Jarred Kelenic, who earlier hit a two-run homer off Madison Bumgarner, singled home the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning. Yohan Ramirez sealed the win with a hitless bottom of the 10th inning.
Mitch Haniger also hit a two-run homer.
Canadians 9, AquaSox 7 — Spencer Horwitz went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored, and he hit one of Vancouver's four solo homers in the win at Everett.
Orelvis Martinez, Rafael Lantigua and Zac Cook also homered for Vancouver.
Hops 7, Emeralds 4 — A.J. Vukovich had three hits and two RBIs for Hillsboro in a win over Eugene at Ron Tonkin Field.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 2
Hops 6, Emeralds 5 — Leodany Perez had two hits and two RBIs, including a two-run seventh-inning single that proved to be the difference in Hillsboro's win over Eugene at Ron Tonkin Field.
Jairo Pomares made it close with a solo homer for the Emeralds in the eighth inning, but the Hops held on.
Canadians 5, AquaSox 2 — Philip Clarke had three hits and two runs scored in Vancouver's win at Everett. Adam Kloffenstein allowed two hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings for the win.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 1
Mariners 1, Astros 0 — Seattle shut out American League West Division leader Houston for the second day in row.
Starter Logan Gilbert and four relievers teamed to scatter nine hits. The Mariners managed only three hits against Jake Odorizzi and four relievers. Abraham Toro's sixth-inning sacrifice fly plated J.P. Crawford with the game's only run.
The Mariners play at Arizona, the last place team in the National League West Division, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 3-5.
Hops 7, Emeralds 2 — A balanced attack led Hillsboro to a win over Eugene at Ron Tonkin Field.
All but one hitter had a hit and six players scored a run and six players had at least one RBI. A.J. Vukovich homered. Collin Sullivan and three relievers combined to scatter six hits.
AquaSox 9, Canadians 8 — At Everett, the home team had 12 hits, including a couple homers. Vancouver had 14 hits, including homers by Rafael Lantigua, Spencer Horwitz and Orelvis Martinez.
TUESDAY, AUG. 31
Mariners 4, Astros 0 — What a moment at T-Mobile Park: Abraham Toro fouled off pitch after pitch, and then finally connected for a grand slam homer in the bottom of the eighth inning for Seattle — off the pitcher he had been traded for at the MLB trade deadline, Kendall Graveman of Houston.
Seattle players were sad and upset to see Graveman traded, as he had become one of the American League's best closers. But, Toro has been really good, and paid another dividend with his winning homer.
Yusei Kikuchi, Paul Sewald and Sean Doolittle combined to give up six Houston hits.
Emeralds 6, Hops 5 — Eugene scored three ninth-inning runs, two on Jairo Pomares' second homer of the game, a two-run shot, to beat Hillsboro.
Tristin English hit a two-run homer for the Hops.
Canadians 9, AquaSox 8 — At Everett, Vancouver's Tanner Morris hit a two-run homer and Orelvis Martineza solo homer (and scored three runs), and Philip Clarke had four hits and Will Robertson three hits.
Cade Marlowe homered for Everett.
MONDAY, AUG. 30
Astros 4, Mariners 3 — Dylan Moore gave Seattle a late 3-2 lead with a sixth-inning pinch-hit homer, but Houston scored two eighth-inning runs off reliever (and former Astro) Joe Smith to win at T-Mobile Park.
It was the opener of a three-game series between Houston, the American League West Division leader, and Seattle, which is chasing second-place Oakland for an A.L. wild-card berth.
In the eighth inning, Kyle Tucker tied it for Houston with an RBI single and Jake Meyers put the Astros ahead with an RBI single.
Jose Marmalejos homered for Seattle.
Three Houston relievers, including closer Ryan Pressly, allowed no hits in the final three innings.
Local alert — Pitcher Keynan Middleton, who prepped at Milwaukie High and played at Lane Community College, was designated for assignment by the Mariners and optioned to Class AAA Tacoma (until they traded him or put him on irrevocable outright waivers).
Middleton, 27, was on the injured list with a strained right biceps for part of the season. He had a 1-2 record with four saves and a 4.94 ERA in 31 innings.
Middleton appeared in 104 games with the Los Angeles Angels, 2017-20; in 2017, he went 6-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 64 games.
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