Cardinals pull through in ninth
A collapse by the Seattle Mariners' bullpen spoiled Mike Leake's stellar start as the St. Louis Cardinals scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning to win 5-2 on Wednesday at T-Mobile Park.
After getting the final out of the eighth inning to keep the 2-0 Mariners lead, Seattle reliever Austin Adams got into trouble in the ninth, loading the bases with one out.
Closer Roenis Elias entered and immediately surrendered a single to Dexter Fowler to make it a 2-1 ball game.
Following a sacrifice fly by Yadier Molina to tie the game, the Cardinals sent rookie right-handed hitter Tommy Edman to pinch hit for the left-handed hitting Kolten Wong.
No longer having the preferred lefty versus lefty matchup, Elias served up a 95-mph fastball down the middle, and Edman deposited it over the left field wall for a go-ahead, three-run home run. The homer was the third of Edman's career.
The Mariners were unable to get anything going in the bottom of the ninth and went down in order.
The Cardinals are 42-42 in the National League Central.
The Seattle Mariners are 38-52 in the American League West.
The loss wasted a strong start by Leake. The former Cardinal threw 7.2 shutout innings and exited with the lead against his former team.
Seattle scored its first run on a Dylan Moore solo home run in the fifth inning off starter Adam Wainwright. The home run was Moore's fourth of the season.
The Mariners were able to chase Wainwright in the sixth when Domingo Santana hit a leadoff single. Daniel Vogelbach, less than a week away from playing in his first MLB All Star Game, welcomed reliever Tyler Webb with a single.
With runners on the corners and no outs, Webb bounced a breaking ball that Molina, a nine-time Gold Glove catcher, could not control. Santana was easily able to score on the wild pitch and double the Mariners' lead.
The Mariners and Cardinals will play the series finale at 1 p.m. Thursday, with the winner taking the series.
The Mariners will remain at T-Mobile Park, facing the Oakland Athletics for a three-game series starting Friday, prior to the All Star break beginning on Monday.
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