Pi­rates beat M’s 8-1,

The Daily Herald - - SPORTS - By Bob Dut­ton

SEAT­TLE — Left-han­der Wade Mi­ley re­turned Wed­nes­day from the dis­abled list and took a beat­ing over four in­nings and, re­ally, he was the more for­tu­nate mem­ber of the Mariners’ start­ing bat­tery.

Catcher Steve Cle­venger suf­fered a bro­ken bone in his right hand when hit by a foul tip in the third in­ning and is al­most cer­tainly headed for the dis­abled list.

It wasn’t much of a game ei­ther.

Pittsburgh built an eight-run lead against Mi­ley and re­liever Donn Roach and gained a split in the two-game series with an 8-1 vic­tory at Safeco Field. The loss dropped the Mariners back to .500 at 39-39.

Mi­ley (6-4) worked a onetwo-three first in­ning in his first start since June 12 be­fore giv­ing up three runs in the sec­ond and two more in the fourth.

Roach took over in the fifth in­ning — and the game turned into a blowout when Sean Ro­driguez’s three-run dou­ble ex­tended the Pi­rates’ lead to 8-0.

The Mariners broke through later in the in­ning against Pittsburgh starter Jame­son Tail­lon af­ter Kyle Sea­ger led off with a dou­ble that hopped the right­field wall. Adam Lind sliced a one-out RBI sin­gle to left.

That was all Tail­lon (2-1) al­lowed in six in­nings. A.J. Schugel, Nef­tali Feliz and Tony Wat­son closed out the vic­tory.

Ro­driguez paced the Pi­rates’ 11-hit at­tack with a pair of dou­bles and four RBIs. Star­ling Marte was 3-for-4 and scored three runs.

Pittsburgh grabbed a 1-0 lead when David Freese tucked a first-pitch fast­ball just inside the right-field line for a lead­off homer in the sec­ond in­ning. That was just the be­gin­ning. Star­ling Marte lined a sin­gle into cen­ter and, af­ter Mi­ley hit Ro­driguez with a pitch, Josh Harrison pulled a two-run dou­ble to left for a 3-0 lead.

The Pi­rates added two more runs in the fourth. Marte led off with a sin­gle and stole sec­ond be­fore scor­ing on Ro­driguez’s dou­ble to right. Ro­driguez scored on Jordy Mercer’s twoout sin­gle through the left side.

Mariners catcher Steve Cle­venger is helped to his feet by man­ager Scott Ser­vais and trainer Rick Grif­fin af­ter Cle­venger broke his right hand dur­ing the third in­ning of Wed­nes­day’s game.

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