Mariners sweep Pirates
Pittsburgh put up more offense, but Seattle matched the Pirates and scored a run in the 11th inning to beat them 6-5 Thursday at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pa., completing a three-game sweep.
The Mariners (65-88), who next play at Baltimore, had allowed one run in the first two games. They have won five consecutive games.
After the Pirates (65-88) scored four runs on starter Yusei Kikuchi and another run on reliever Zac Grotz, the next six Seattle pitchers held Pittsburgh to two hits and no runs in six innings.
Shed Long, who had three hits, reached on an error in the 11th inning, moved to third on an Omar Narvaez single and then scored on an inning-ending double play in which Narvaez got caught in a rundown and avoided being tagged until Long scored.
Erik Swanson struck out three in the bottom of the inning for his first save.
Long went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and the big run scored.
The Mariners went ahead 4-0 in the second inning; Braden Bishop had an RBI single and Long a two-run single. But, the Pirates scored four off Kikuchi in the bottom of the inning.
The Pirates went ahead 5-4 later, but Austin Nola's seventh-inning RBI single tied it.
The Mariners and Orioles play the first of three games at 4 p.m. Friday. Felix Hernandez (1-6, 6.31) will pitch opposite Asher Wojciechowski (3-8, 5.38). The Orioles entered Thursday's game with a 49-103 record.
It could be Hernandez's second-to-last start for the Mariners. He's in the last year of his seven-year, $175 million contract. He's scheduled to pitch at home at T-Mobile Park against Oakland on Thursday, Sept. 26.
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