Kyle Seager netted a brace with two runs batted in to spark an 11th inning rally and lift the Seattle Mariners against the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-4 on Sunday to complete the three-game series sweep.
The Mariners are on a five-game winning streak and continued to gain ground in the AL playoff race. Seattle is only three games away from Boston for the last wild card spot after the Red Sox loss on Sunday.
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Arizona have lost eight of their last nine games. Seattle improved to 14-4 in overtime games, continuing a tendency to play their best in big times.
“A hell of a lot of effort from our guys,” said Mariners manager Scott Servais. “This team is so much fun.”
JP Crawford of Seattle started the 11th on second, then Mitch Haniger and Ty France scored back-to-back goals against Taylor Clarke (1-3), who threw just three shots in 13 shots. Seager tore his baseline double on the right field line, followed by RBI singles from Abraham Toro and Tom Murphy.
Jake Bauers added a two-point double and Haniger got an RBI single to complete the seven-point blast. The Mariners sent 11 batters at home in the 11th. Yohan Ramirez (1-2) scored a scoreless 10th for his first MLB victory, crowning a stellar effort from the Seattle relievers’ box.
“I tried to stay calm and not let the game accelerate,” said Ramirez. “Then I just attack the hitters and control what I can control.”
Seager’s crucial brace capped a stellar few days for the veteran third baseman. He had two 3-point homers in Saturday’s victory.
“He can see the ball very well right now,” Servais said.
The Diamondbacks took a 3-2 lead in the sixth when Pavin Smith brought Josh Rojas home with an RBI brace. David Peralta followed with a two-run homerun in the center-left seats.
The Mariners tied the score at 3 in the seventh when Toro started off with a double and eventually scored on a double play.
Seattle starter Chris Flexen made it through the first five innings – allowing just one hit on a simple decay – before the D-backs scored three in the sixth. Flexen pitched six innings, allowing three runs. The right-hander has four hits, two walks and four strikeouts.
D-back starter Tyler Gilbert allowed three runs in seven innings. The rookie southpaw allowed four hits, two walks and three strikeouts.
It was the same frustrating story for the Diamondbacks, who have generally been competitive since the All-Star break but haven’t been able to score many wins. They are now 45-93, which is the worst record in the National League.
They could eclipse their worst season in franchise history, when they suffered 111 losses in 2004.
“We were one or two hits away from winning two of three games,” said D-backs manager Torey Lovullo. “Instead, we lost two more games in the sets.”
The Mariners took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning when Haniger walked in and France scored to start the inning. Seager then reached to charge the groundwork on a defensive mental error from D-backs first baseman Pavin Smith, who threw home to stop Haniger, who was faking a baseline charge, then retired in third rank.
Toro then brought Haniger home on the choice of a defensive player and Tom Murphy made it 2-0 on his sacrifice volley that marked France.
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Peralta’s Homer was his 97th with Arizona, which is tied with wide receiver Miguel Montero for eighth all-time in D-back history. Peralta also passed Steve Finley for fourth career batting with the D-backs.
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The Diamondbacks added OF Henry Ramos to the active roster and sent OF Stuart Fairchild to Triple-A Reno. Ramos had never played in the big leagues. The 29-year-old played 11 seasons in the minor leagues.
He scored his first batting single on Sunday, hitting a line single down the middle.
Mariners: Seattle travels to Houston for a three-game series against the Astros. The Mariners will start LHP Yusei Kikuchi (7-7, 4.12) in Game 1.
Diamondbacks: Arizona has a day off Monday before starting a two-game series against the Rangers on Tuesday at Chase Field. The D-backs will send RHP Zac Gallen (2-8, 4.34) to the mound to face RHP Rangers Spencer Howard (0-3, 6.56).