Scoresheet: Seattle Mariners win Sunday on two ninth-inning homers
SUNDAY, SEPT. 10
Mariners 8, Braves 7 — At T-Mobile Park, Seattle blew a four-run lead in the top of the ninth, then won it on solo home runs in the bottom of the ninth off of Kenley Jansen by Julio Rodriguez (with one out) and Eugenio Suarez (with two outs) — the second home run of the day from each.
Adam Frazier went 2 for 3 with a triple and two RBIs.
At 79-61, the Mariners are second in the AL wild-card standings, and six games up on fourth-place Baltimore for one of the three wild-card slots.
Hops 8, AquaSox 5 — At Everett, Hillsboro closed its season earning its 60th win. Jacen Roberson hit two solo homers and a four-run fifth inning carried the Hops (60-70) to victory.
Silvertips 4, Winterhawks 2 — In Western Hockey League preseason play at Everett, rookies Josh Zakreski and Reid Mackay scored for Portland. Goalie Dante Giannuzzi stopped 24 of 25 shots over the first 30 minutes. Luke Brunen, 16, stopped 20 of 23 shots in his 30 minutes in goal.
College women's soccer — Portland battled No. 24 Washington to a 1-1 draw at Merlo Field. The unbeaten Pilots (5-0-3) got Nedya Sawan's third goal of the season to go up 1-0 and survived despite a 54th-minute red card to goalkeeper Bre Norris. … Oregon won 1-0 at Hofstra thanks to Lexi Romero's second goal of the season. … Oregon State won 1-0 at James Madison on a Sawyer Service goal. … Portland State and North Dakota played to a scoreless draw.
College volleyball — Portland State (4-5) beat visiting Cal Poly in straight sets.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 10
Mariners 3, Braves 1 — Seattle (78-61) took down the reigning champs, Atlanta (87-52), at home behind a solid pitching performance from George Kirby. He went six innings and only gave up three hits and on unearned run with six strikeouts and no walks. Sam Haggerty and Eugenio Suarez hit solo home runs, and the third run came on a Julio Rodriguez double.
Everett 9, Hillsboro 8 — Hillsboro (59-70) dropped its penultimate game of the season to Everett (59-71) after a fierce rally fell short in the final innings. Trailing 9-4 going into the eighth, the Hops scored two runs in the eighth and then three more in the ninth, falling short by one run of forcing the AquaSox to bat in the bottom half. Fox Semones led the way with three RBI, all coming on a second inning three-run home run.
College volleyball — Oregon dropped a match 3-2 to No. 20 Penn State, going 0-2 in the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge. Meanwhile Oregon State took care of in-state opponent Portland with a 3-0 sweep in Corvallis. The Pilots also lost to Utah State 3-0 as part of the Oregon State Invitational. Portland State picked up a win with a sweep of North TExas as part of the ASICS Invitational, also in Corvallis.
College soccer — The Portland men's soccer team continues to impress, this time taking down No. 15 UCLA in Portland 2-0. Jacob Babalai and Brandon Cambridge scored the two goals.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 9
Braves 6, Mariners 4 — At T-Mobile Park, Seattle and Atlanta combined for seven home runs, with the Braves prevailing and moving into first place in the NL East for the first time this season. It was Atlanta's eighth win in a row as they moved a half-game ahead of the New York Mets.
Carlos Santana homered twice for Seattle (77-61) and J.P.Crawford also went deep. The Mariners sit in the third wild-card slot in the AL, four games up on Baltimore.
Robbie Grossman went 3 for 4 and he and Harris hit solo homers off of Matthew Festa in the sixth to give the Braves a 6-3 lead.
Robbie Ray gave up a two-run homer to Dansby Swanson as the Braves (87-51) took a quick lead in the top of the first.
Hops 4, AquaSox 2 — At Everett, a three-run double by Adrian Del Castillo in a four-run seventh inning lifted Hillsboro to victory.
Thunderbirds 5, Winterhawks 0 — In its preseason opener, Portland played a youthful lineup and lost to Seattle in a game played at Everett. Only six of the 20 players dressed for the Winterhawks were full-time Western Hockey League players last season.
College volleyball — At the Asics Invitational in Corvallis, Utah State beat host Oregon State (3-0) and won the final three sets to beat Portland State 3-1. The Beavers opened the day with a 3-1 win over North Texas. North Texas then beat the Portland Pilots 3-1. … At Minneapolis, No. 3-ranked Minnesota beat No. 18 Oregon 3-1. The Ducks (4-1) had set point in the fourth set before the Gophers scored the final three points.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 8
Hillsboro 8, Everett 7 — A ninth-inning run gave Hillsboro (58-69) the win on the road at Everett (58-70). Tied at seven going into the final frame, Neyfy Castillo knocked an infield single that scored a run on an error later, followed by Hugh Fisher picking up the four-out save. While that technically wasn't an RBI for Castillo, he had plenty on the night thanks to a seventh inning grand slam to left field.
College soccer — Oregon women's soccer lost big at home to Santa Clara 4-1 on Thursday. The lone Ducks goal came in the 51st minute by Lexi Romero. Oregon State women's soccer didn't have better luck at Virginia, losing 5-0. The Portland State women also lost, dropping a 2-1 decision to visiting Hawaii after the Warriors scored two first half goals. Abi Hoffman scored the lone Vikings goal on a penalty kick in the 51st minute.
Portland bailed out the Thursday night of soccer though with the Pilot women remaining unbeaten (5-0-2) with a 1-0 win over Seattle. Nedya Sawan scored the lone goal in the 15th minute.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7
White Sox 9, Mariners 6 — Chicago (69-68) took two out of three games with Seattle (77-60) at T-Mobile Park.
Gavin Sheets' RBI put Chicago ahead 7-6 in the top of the eighth inning. Leading 7-6, Chicago scored two unearned, insurance runs in the ninth.
Seattle starter Luis Castillo struck out the first seven White Sox hitters, but Chicago eventually scored six runs off of him (three earned).
Eloy Jimenez hit a two-run homer for the White Sox. He had three hits and three RBIs.
Eugenio Suarez hit two homers for Seattle.
Only three of Chicago's nine runs were earned. Seattle had three errors.
Next up is red-hot Atlanta (86-51) at home for three games, starting Friday. The World Series champion Braves won their seventh consecutive game Wednesday.
Blazers signees — The Trail Blazers have signed Devontae Cacok, Isaiah Miller, Jared Rhoden and Olivier Sarr to training camp contracts.
Only Cacok, a forward, has NBA experience. Cacok has appeared in 36 games with the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio.
The Blazers currently have 14 players under contract, one short of the maximum.
Hops 8, Everett 4 — Hillsboro (57-69) won at the AquaSox (58-69) as Adrian Del Castillo had three hits and two RBIs and Channy Ortiz two hits and two RBIs.
Alberto Rodriguez (three-run shot) and Victor Labrada homered for Everett.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 6
Storm eliminated — The Seattle Storm fell 97-92 to visiting Las Vegas and dropped the WNBA semifinals series 3-1 to the Aces. The loss brings about the end of Sue Bird's 21-year career all played in the PNW. Bird finished the night with eight points and eight rebounds.
Breanna Stewart matched a WNBA playoff record with 42 points in the losing effort while Vegas' Chelsea Gray had 31 points, 10 assists and six rebounds while nailing clutch shots down the stretch the win the series. Las Vegas will play the winner between Connecticut and Chicago when the series tied at two wraps up Thursday.
Seattle 3, Chicago White Sox 0 — Logan Gilbert went six innings giving up five hits with no runs and nine strikeouts to help Seattle (77-59) get back in the win column against the Chicago White Sox (68-68). Mitch Haniger brought home the lone run in the fourth on a sac fly until Cal Raleigh hit an insurance, two-run home run in the eighth to seal the deal.
The Mariners are tied with Tampa Bay (76-58) for the top wild card spot and sit 1.5 above Toronto (75-60) in the final wild card spot. Baltimore (72-64) lingers 3.5 games back outside the playoff picture.
Everett 5, Hillsboro 4 — Hillsboro (56-69) dropped a heartbreaker to open up its final series of the summer at Everett (58-68). With the Hops leading 4-2 going into the bottom of the ninth, the AquaSox's Robert Perez Jr. launched a walk-off, three-run home run to left-center field to win the game 5-4.
MONDAY, SEPT. 5
White Sox 3, Mariners 2 — Seattle (76-59) had its seven-game winning streak come to an end on its return to T-Mobile Park.
All seven wins had come on the road.
Chicago's Elvis Andrus hit a two-run homer and A.J. Pollock a solo shot, both off Marco Gonzales.
Lance Lynn gave up three hits and one run (not earned) with 11 strikeouts and one walk in seven innings for Chicago (68-67).
Great debut — Former University of Oregon pitcher Ryne Nelson had a great debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Nelson gave up four hits and no runs while striking out seven and walking none and notched the win as Arizona beat San Diego 5-0.
Nelson, 24, had a 10-5 record and 5.43 ERA in 136 innings at Triple-A Reno before the call to the big leagues.
He was 7-4 with a 3.17 ERA in 2021 with two teams, and appeared in 10 games with a 2.89 ERA with the Class A Hillsboro Hops in 2019.
College soccer — The Portland men beat Seton Hall 3-1 at Merlo Field. Brandon Cambridge scored twice and Delentz Pierre added one goal.
The Pilots are 2-0-2.
Volleyball honor — Oregon outside hitter Mimi Colyer has been named Pac-12 freshman of the week for the second consecutive week. The Lincoln, California native averaged 4.13 kills per set in wins over UC Davis and Rice during the Oregon Invitational.
Pro soccer — The Timbers have four matches left to try to qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs, including a key home game Saturday, Sept. 10, against Minnesota United (7 p.m., FOX 12 Plus). They helped their cause with consecutive wins over rival Seattle on Aug. 16 and an Aug. 31 win at second-place Austin FC, followed by a 2-1 home win over Atlanta United on Sept. 4.
• The Portland Thorns return to National Women's Soccer League action on Friday, Sept. 9, at Orlando (4 p.m., Paramount+). They will look to halt their first two-game losing string of the season. The Thorns don't play at home again until Sept. 21 (Louisville) and Sept. 25 (Chicago), their final home matches this season.
Winterhawks preseason — Portland plays preseason games at Everett, facing Seattle at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, and the host Silvertips at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. They've added a Thursday, Sept. 15 exhibition against Spokane at Eastern Washington University.
Former Winterhawks goalie Adin Hill was traded to Vegas from San Jose, where he went 10-11-1 in 25 appearances last season.
College sports highlights — The Portland men's soccer team welcomes UCLA to Merlo Field for a 7 p.m. match on Saturday, Sept. 10, that is slated to be televised on KRCW. … In the midst of a five-match home stretch, Pilots women's soccer faces Seattle U at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, Washington at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, and Oregon at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. The Oregon women face another WCC team when Santa Clara visits Eugene at 6 p.m. Sept. 8. The Portland State women's soccer team plays home games against Hawaii (1 p.m., Sept. 8) and North Dakota (11 a.m., Sept. 11). … The restarted Lewis & Clark men's soccer program plays Sept. 8 at Multnomah and is home Sept. 9 (College of Idaho), Sept. 11 (Edmonds CC, doubleheader with women's soccer) and Sept. 12 (Linfield).
• In volleyball, Portland and Portland State are at the Oregon State Invitational Sept. 9-10. The Pilots' first home match is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, against Portland State. The Vikings are at home against Cal Poly at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. No. 19 Oregon is at Minneapolis Sept. 9-10 to take on Big Ten powers Minnesota and Penn State.
Pro baseball — The Seattle Mariners' next-to-last homestand continues against the White Sox (Sept. 5-7), Braves (Sept. 9-11; World Series preview?) and Padres (Sept. 13-14).
The Hillsboro Hops' home slate is complete. They close their season with a six-game series at Everett that concludes on Sept 11.
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