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11.04.2019 05:00
SEATTLE (AP) When the Seattle Mariners were rolling in the middle Antworten

June , it appeared unlikely anyone in their own division would be contending with them for one of the wild card spots in the American League.On Wednesday, the Mariners were knocked from the lead for the second wild-card in the AL, caught by division rival Oakland.Marwin Gonzalez hit two of Houston’s four home runs, and the Astros beat the Mariners 8-3, dropping Seattle into a tie with the Athletics in the wild-card race. Seattle led the A’s by 11 games in the middle of June, but has seen the entire lead disappear over the past six weeks.”I’m not worried really about anybody else right now. We need to get back to playing like we’re capable of playing. It just hasn’t happened here recently,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. ”We’ll have a good game here or there. But like I said, start putting together some streaks together, just quality game after game, good pitching, more importantly on offense, we’ve got to do more offensively.”The Mariners were 21 games over .500 at 46-25 after a 1-0 win on June 16, while Oakland was just below .500 at 35-36. Seattle hasn’t played terribly in the following six weeks, but its 17-20 record is pedestrian compared to Oakland’s 29-10 mark and why the A’s have caught up so quickly.”We have to get back to playing really good baseball and then we’ll worry about the other guys,” Servais said.Both the Mariners and A’s are still looking up at Houston in the AL West. After a five-game losing streak, the Astros rebounded to win the final two games of the series. Houston has a five-game cushion over both teams.Gonzalez hit a solo home run off Wade LeBlanc (6-2) with two outs in the second inning and added a two-run shot in the fourth. Jake Marisnick, recalled from the minors before the game, added a two-run shot off LeBlanc and Max Stassi greeted reliever Nick Vincent with a three-run homer in the fifth to break the game open.Gonzalez had the third multihomer game of his career after not hitting a longball since June 27 against Toronto.”When you look at our team when we’re at our best Tyler Anderson Jersey , it is guys like Marwin and (Josh) Reddick. Stassi hit a big home run today. Jake comes up from the minor leagues and immediately produces,” Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. ”This is a very deep team, and when you go through some stretches that you don’t play your best, you can kind of forget that this team is built pretty well.”LeBlanc’s outing was his worst of the season as he was unable to locate his off-speed pitches down in the strike zone. The seven earned runs were the second-most allowed in his career as a starter and the three homers matched a career high. LeBlanc lost for the second time in his past four starts after winning his first five decisions of the season.Dallas Keuchel (9-9) improved to 6-1 in his past nine starts, throwing seven innings, allowing three runs and striking out two. He retired 11 straight at one point and 11 of the 21 outs he recorded came via the groundball.The bottom of Seattle’s lineup pieced together four consecutive hits in the second, capped by RBI singles from Andrew Romine and Zach Vincej. But Seattle’s offense continued to lag and was otherwise limited to Nelson Cruz’s solo home run in the sixth, his 26th of the season.”For us to get a series win here was big, but it’s not make or break,” Keuchel said. ”We know we’re good enough to win this division. It’s just a matter of getting guys healthy.”ROSTER SHUFFLEAstros: Houston optioned OF Kyle Tucker to Triple-A Fresno to clear a roster spot for Marisnick. Marisnick was optioned to Fresno on July 13.Mariners: Seattle optioned OF Ben Gamel and RHP Chasen Bradford to clear roster spots for the addition of Cameron Maybin and new reliever Adam Warren. Manager Scott Servais said while Gamel has been a better hitter, the decision was to keep Guillermo Heredia as the Mariners’ fourth outfielder because he provides more versatility. Servais said to expect more of a platoon in left field in the coming weeks between Heredia and Denard Span to take advantage of left-right matchups on the mound.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: OF George Springer was out of the lineup after leaving Tuesday’s game with a sore shoulder. He’s listed as day-to-day.Mariners: 1B Ryon Healy was scratched because of lower back tightness shortly before first pitch. … 3B Kyle Seager is expected to return from paternity leave and rejoin the club on Thursday.UP NEXTAstros: After an off day, the Astros will open a three-game series in Los Angeles in a World Series rematch with the Dodgers. Justin Verlander (10-6) will start the opener.Mariners: Felix Hernandez (8-9) makes perhaps his most important start of the year in the opener of a four-game series with Toronto. Hernandez lasted just 2 2/3 innings and was rocked for seven runs in his last start against the Angels, prompting questions about whether he would stay in the rotation. If he has another bad outing, watch for a possible change. SAN DIEGO (AP) — It was a night of memorable debuts for the Arizona Diamondbacks.Merrill Kelly paused for a moment before making his first big league appearance at age 30.“I took a minute before I threw the first pitch and took in the stadium, took in the surroundings, just so I can have that memory before I stepped on the rubber,” the right-hander said. “Once I got going, once I stepped on the rubber , it was game time.”Kelly threw six strong innings for the victory and benefited from an offensive outburst started by Adam Jones‘ leadoff homer to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over the San Diego Padres 10-3 Saturday night.A few hours later, the bullpen gate opened and right-hander Jon Duplantier, 24, jogged in to throw his first big league pitches when he took over for Kelly starting the bottom of the seventh.“I wasn’t nervous jogging in. I was more nervous warming up,” Duplantier said. “As soon as I walked through the door, hit the pad and took about three steps before it was like, ‘OK, I’m not going to fall, I’m not going to trip,’ because I’ve got big feet and every now and then the turf monster will get me, but he didn’t get me today.“Took about three steps and I just couldn’t stop looking up, just taking it all in like everybody was encouraging me to do. It was just pure joy. I felt like a child, you know, like, ‘Hey, go play, run free. Go play. These people are watching you.’ I was just so happy,” he said.“It was a special day for him and Jon , two guys making their major league debut,” manager Tory Lovullo said. “You’d never suspect it by their mound presence, their poise and their ability to attack hitters.”Padres rookie shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. hit his first big league homer, a two-run shot in the sixth that landed at the base of the Western Metal Supply Co. building in left field.Kelly (1-0), who grew up in Arizona, joined the Diamondbacks on a two-year contract in December after spending four seasons with the SK Wyverns in Korea. That followed five seasons in the Tampa Bay organization. He became the first player with no big league experience to play in Korea and return directly to the majors.Kelly held San Diego to three runs and five hits while striking out three and walking two.Kelly started strong thanks to his defense. Left fielder David Peralta made a diving catch of a liner by leadoff batter Ian Kinsler, and center fielder Ketel Marte made a sliding catch of Eric Hosmer’s liner.San Diego didn’t get a hit until Franchy Cordero, who entered in a double switch in the third inning, singled to right in the bottom of the inning. Cordero had an infield single in the fifth that hit off Kelly, who stayed in the game.Kelly faltered in his final inning, allowing Hosmer’s double and Manny Machado’s single before Franmil Reyes hit a sacrifice fly. With two outs, Tatis, the team’s prized prospect and the son of the former big leaguer, drove the first pitch he saw for his first homer.“I enjoyed it as soon as I hit it and it was a pretty decent walk around the bases,” Tatis said. “Took that one out of the way, first one, here we go, a lot more to come.”Matt Strahm (0-1) had a rough season debut for the Padres Wade Davis Jersey , allowing five runs and eight hits while walking two in just 2 2/3 innings. The left-hander is in the rotation this year after making five starts as an opener last year and 41 appearances overall as he was eased back from surgery on his torn left patellar tendon the previous season while with Kansas City.“I was just getting a little too much plate and they were taking advantage of it.” Strahm said. “They clearly read the scouting report that I’m aggressive with my fastball and jumped on it early, so I found myself pitching behind there a little bit.”Jones, who played at San Diego’s Morse High, homered to left on Strahm’s third pitch, his third, and David Peralta added an RBI double. Eduardo Escobar hit an RBI single in the second and the Diamondbacks chased Strahm in the third on Nick Ahmed’s sac fly and Alex Avila’s run-scoring single.The Diamondbacks piled on with four runs in the fifth against Robbie Erlin, who allowed four hits before getting an out.GRAND CANYON BALLERSKelly is the fifth Diamondbacks player to play high school and college ball in Arizona, joining Jake Barrett, Tuffy Gosewisch, Cody Ransom and Ed Vosberg. Kelly grew up in Scottsdale and attended Desert Mountain High, Yavapai College and Arizona State.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke (0-1, 17.18) is scheduled to start Tuesday night. He’s looking to bounce back from opening day, when he allowed seven earned runs in 3 2/3 innings in a 12-5 loss at the Los Angeles Dodgers.Padres: LHP Eric Lauer (1-0, 0.00) threw six shutout innings in an opening day victory against San Francisco.

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