Mariners prime Purple Sox in battle of AL wild card contenders

SEATTLE — Mitch Haniger made Boston pay for a expensive error by first baseman Kyle Schwarber, hitting a three-run house run with two out within the seventh inning, and the Seattle Mariners held on for a 5-4 win over the Purple Sox on Monday evening.

The opener of a important three-game sequence between the AL wild-card contenders went the best way of the house staff, thanks, partially, to 4 unearned runs allowed by the Purple Sox.

None was extra damaging than Schwarber’s mishandling of Jake Bauers’ grounder with two out within the seventh. Reliever Ryan Brasier (0-1) bought the bottom ball wanted to get out of the inning, however Schwarber misplayed the bounce and Bauers was secure.

J.P. Crawford adopted with a broken-bat single and Brasier left a slider in the course of the plate to Hangier. He didn’t get all of it, but it surely was sufficient to clear the wall in left area for his thirty third homer of the season. Haniger went 4 for 4 and homered for the third straight recreation.

The Mariners additionally scored an unearned run within the second after an error by proper fielder Hunter Renfroe. The Purple Sox have allowed 33 unearned runs for the reason that All-Star break, most within the American League.

Boston didn’t go quietly. Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers hit back-to-back homers with two outs within the eighth off Seattle’s Paul Sewald. It was the third straight look Sewald has allowed a protracted ball after permitting simply 4 in his first 48 video games this season.

Sewald escaped the inning, and Drew Steckenrider pitched the ninth for his ninth save. Seattle pulled inside two video games of Boston within the jammed AL wild-card standings.


Seattle rookie Logan Gilbert threw six robust innings in his greatest outing since early July, when he threw seven shutout innings towards the Yankees. Rediscovering the texture for his slider, Gilbert allowed 5 hits and matched his profession excessive with 9 strikeouts. An important of these strikeouts got here towards the ultimate batter he confronted. With Xander Bogaerts at third following a leadoff double, Gilbert struck out Alex Verdugo to finish the sixth inning and hold the sport tied.

Jose Iglesias homered for the primary time since Aug. 6, and later had a bloop RBI single off Gilbert.

Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez allowed six hits and one earned run over six innings. He struck out six.


Purple Sox: Boston activated reliever Hirokazu Sawamura from the COVID-19 injured checklist and returned left-handed pitcher Austin Davis from the paternity checklist. Supervisor Alex Cora stated there might be extra gamers coming off the COVID-19 injured checklist within the coming days. Left-hander Martin Pérez is anticipated to be activated on Tuesday, and Cora is holding out hope that left-handed starter Chris Sale might return this weekend towards Baltimore.

Mariners: OF Jake Fraley (shoulder) might be activated from the injured checklist within the subsequent couple of days following a rehab stint with Triple-A Tacoma, supervisor Scott Servais stated. Fraley has been out since Aug. 28. … RHP Justin Dunn (shoulder) threw a second simulated recreation on Monday and will head out to Tacoma or Single-A Everett for a rehab stint, relying on how he feels. Dunn has been on the injured checklist since late June.


Purple Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (10-8, 3.57) threw seven scoreless innings in his final begin towards Tampa Bay. Eovaldi is 1-1 with a 1.91 ERA in his previous six begins with 47 strikeouts and 6 walks throughout that span.

Mariners: LHP Tyler Anderson (6-9, 4.20) makes his ninth begin since being acquired by Seattle. Anderson is 1-1 with a 3.83 ERA in his time with the Mariners, however lasted simply 4 2/3 innings in his final begin towards Houston.


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