Diamond Beat: Seattle goes 8-2 on road trip
Here's a daily track of Seattle Mariners' games:
SUNDAY, SEPT. 26
Mariners 5, Angels 1 — Seattle finished an 8-2 road trip by beating Los Angeles.
The Mariners (86-70) enter the final six games of the season two games behind Boston for the second American League wild-card berth, and three behind the New York Yankees for the first spot.
But, Toronto (87-69) is a game ahead of them. So, it'll be a pretty exciting week with four teams chasing two wild-card berths.
On Sunday, Marco Gonzales allowed three hits and one run in seven innings. Jarred Kelenic homered off Shohei Ohtani, who gave up five hits and one run while striking out 10 and walking none in seven innings.
With Ohtani out, the Mariners scored four eighth-inning runs, Mitch Haniger put Seattle up with an RBI single and then Jake Fraley cleared the bases with a three-run double. Paul Sewald and Diego Castillo pitched scoreless innings to finish the job for Gonzales.
The Mariners play Oakland, Monday-Wednesday, and then the Angels, Friday-Sunday, at T-Mobile Park.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 25
Angels 14, Mariners 1 — Seattle's quest for an American League wild-card berth suffered a little setback at Los Angeles.
The Angels had 14 hits. Jared Walsh went 4-for-4 with four RBIs. Phil Gosselin had two hits, four RBIs and two runs scored. Shohei Ohtani had two triples, three RBIs and three runs scored. Luis Rengifo homered. Brandon Marsh scored four times.
Seattle starter Tyler Anderson gave up nine runs in two innings.
Ohtani starts on the mound against Seattle on Sunday.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 24
Mariners 6, Angels 5 — By winning at Los Angeles, Seattle won for the seventh time in eight games on their 10-game road trip, moving to 16 games above .500 (85-69) and into a tie with Toronto in the American League wild-card standings (behind Boston and New York Yankees; two games behind Yankees).
Ty France hit a solo homer and had three RBIs. Mitch Haniger had two RBIs. In 3 2/3 innings, four relievers gave up four hits and one run. Max Stassi had a two-run homer for Los Angeles.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 23
Mariners 6, Athletics 5 — Seattle swept a four-game series at Oakland for the first time, overcoming a 3-0 deficit.
Seattle (84-69) now plays three games at Los Angeles Angels. The Mariners are 6-1 on their 10-game road trip. Seattle has won nine games in a row against Oakland (82-70).
Seattle still trails Boston, New York Yankees and Toronto in the chase for two American League wild-card berths.
With starter Yusei Kikuchi struggling, Seattle trailed 4-1 when Cal Raleigh hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to make it 4-3. Then, in the sixth inning off reliever Jake Diekman, Mitch Haniger hit a solo homer and Luis Torrens hit a pinch-hit two-run homer for a 6-4 Seattle lead.
Matt Olson homered for Oakland in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Seattle gave up 10 runs and 23 hits in the four-game series.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 22
Mariners 4, Athletics 1 — Seattle goes for the four-game sweep Thursday at Oakland in a series between American League wild-card contenders.
The Mariners have won the first three games by limiting Oakland to five runs and 17 hits.
On Wednesday, Kyle Seager and Ty France homered and Chris Flexen allowed three hits and one run while striking out eight and walking two in seven innings. He allowed a solo homer to Matt Chapman.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 21
Mariners 5, Athletics 2 — Seattle drew even with Oakland in the American League West Division and wild-card standings, each at 82-69, with the Mariners winning at Oakland.
The Mariners scored three runs in the fourth inning. Dylan Moore's triple scored Jarred Kelenic, who had tripled, and Jake Fraley, and J.P. Crawford followed with an RBI single. Crawford later homered in the ninth inning. Marco Gonzales allowed four hits and two runs in six innings.
Matt Olson and Starling Marte homered for Oakland.
MONDAY, SEPT. 20
Mariners 4, Athletics 2 — Seattle ended Oakland's five-game winning streak behind Kyle Seager, who drove in three runs, and starter Tyler Anderson.
Seager had a two-run double and an RBI single. Ty France added an RBI single.
Anderson gave up four hits and one run while striking out seven and walking one in seven innings. After Diego Castillo gave up a run, Paul Sewald pitched 1 2/3 innings of hitless ball.
Seattle is 81-69 and Oakland is 82-68. They are both chasing Boston, Toronto and New York Yankees for A.L. wild-card game berths.