Mariners march past Mets

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - SPORTS - By Jim Hoehn

SEAT­TLE » James Pax­ton tossed six score­less in­nings, be­com­ing the first Mariners pitcher to win six games in a sin­gle month, and Nel­son Cruz had a three-run homer to pace Seat­tle to a 9-1 win over the New York Mets on Sun­day.

Cruz pro­vided Pax­ton with an early cush­ion with a three-run shot in the first in­ning and Leonys Martin, re­called earlier in the day from Triple-A, home­red in his first at-bat and saved a pos­si­ble run with a div­ing catch in right field.

Pax­ton (11-3) had run­ners aboard in each of his six in­nings. The left­hander scat­tered six hits, strik­ing out eight and walk­ing none, with two hit bat­ters in a 108-pitch out­ing. Pax­ton, side­lined most of May with a left fore­arm strain, was 6-0 in six July starts, al­low­ing six earned runs in 39 1/3 in­nings with no home runs.

Emilio Pa­gan re­tired all six bat­ters he faced be­fore James Pa­zos al­lowed a run in the ninth on three con­sec­u­tive two-out sin­gles.

Seth Lugo (5-3) al­lowed five runs on eight hits in five in­nings, strik­ing out five and walk­ing none.

Cruz put the Mariners up 3-0 with his 21st homer, giv­ing him an AL-best 79 RBI. Jean Se­gura and Robin­son Cano had con­sec­u­tive one-out sin­gles and Cruz launched a 1-2 pitch into the sec­ond deck in left for his first home run since July 17.

The Mariners added two runs in the sec­ond. Martin, sent down af­ter hit­ting .111 in 15 games to start the sea­son, hit his first homer to right with one out. Ben Gamel then ex­tended his hit­ting streak to 16 games with a triple when left­fielder Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes lost his op­po­site-field fly ball in the sun. Gamel scored on Robin­son Cano’s two-out dou­ble.

Seat­tle scored a run in the sixth on Gamel’s RBI sin­gle, and made it 7-0 in the sev­enth on Danny Va­len­cia’s sac­ri­fice fly.

The Mariners added two more in the eighth on a run-scor­ing throw­ing er­ror by sec­ond base­man Neil Walker, and a pinch­hit RBI sin­gle by Danny Espinosa.

The Mets threat­ened in the sec­ond when Wilmer Flores sin­gled with one out and Walker was hit by a pitch. Martin, the Mariners reg­u­lar cen­ter­fielder in 2016, pre­vented a run with a div­ing grab of Cur­tis Gran­der­son’s sink­ing liner to right.


The Mariners’ Leonys Martin, cen­ter, rounds the bases as Mets start­ing pitcher Seth Lugo looks on on Sun­day.

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