Jun 3, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Seattle Mariners catcher John Buck (4) celebrates a two run home run with left fielder Dustin Ackley (13) in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Mariners Beat Atlanta Braves, Win 4th In A Row


John Buck‘s two-run homer off Alex Wood in the top of the 7th broke a 5-5 tie and the bullpen held serve as the Seattle Mariners went down to Atlanta and beat the Braves 7-5.

The win – the 4th in a row for Seattle – coupled with losses by the Angels and Rangers move Seattle ahead of the Rangers into 3rd place in the AL West, 0.5 games back of the Angels for 2nd.

Erasmo Ramirez was called up from Triple-A Tacoma to make the start for Seattle in place of Brandon Maurer, who had been sent back to Tacoma last week. After the first inning, M’s fans were reminded why Seattle sent Ramirez down to Tacoma in the first place.

The Braves jumped on Ramirez for four runs in the first, including a 3-run homer by Evan Gattis. They added another on a B.J. Upton homer in the bottom of the 2nd after the Mariners had scored two in the top half.

Ramirez only pitched three innings, allowing five runs on eight hits. The bullpen took over from there and proved why they are one of the best groups in baseball right now.

Tom Wilhelmsen, Dominic Leone, Danny Farquhar and Fernando Rodney pitched six shutout innings allowing only two hits while striking out nine.

On the flip side, the Mariners got to Gavin Floyd for the two runs in the second and then added three in the 4th when Lloyd McClendon pinch hit for Ramirez with Stefen Romero. Romero belted a three-run homer that tied the game at 5-5.

The short two-game series concludes Wednesday with a matinee game.

BOX SCORE

Batting

Seattle

 
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB AVG
James JonesCF 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .283
Cole GillespiePH 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .276
Dominic LeoneP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Willie BloomquistPH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .233
Danny FarquharP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Fernando RodneyP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Michael SaundersRF 5 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 3 .284
Robinson Canó2B 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 .333
Kyle Seager3B 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 5 .265
Justin Smoak1B 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 5 .212
Dustin AckleyLF 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .239
John BuckC 4 3 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 .267
Brad MillerSS 3 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 .173
Erasmo RamírezP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Stefen RomeroPH 1 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 .204
Tom WilhelmsenP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Endy ChávezPH-CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .188
Totals 38 7 13 7 2 2 8 0 19
Batting
2B – R Cano (12, G Floyd)
HR – J Buck (1, 7th inning off A Wood 1 on, 2 Out), S Romero (3, 4th inning off G Floyd 2 on, 0 Out)
S – E Ramirez, E Chavez
RBI – J Jones (3), J Buck 2 (4), B Miller (15), S Romero 3 (9)
2-out RBI – J Jones, J Buck 2
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – R Cano 2, J Smoak 1, D Ackley 1
Team LOB – 8
Fielding
E – J Jones (1, field)
DP – 1 (B Miller-R Cano-J Smoak)

Atlanta

 
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB AVG
Jason HeywardRF 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .250
B.J. UptonCF 5 2 2 1 1 0 3 1 0 .221
Freddie Freeman1B 4 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 .296
Justin UptonLF 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 .294
Evan GattisC 3 1 2 3 1 1 1 0 0 .260
Chris Johnson3B 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .256
Tommy La Stella2B 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 .421
Andrelton SimmonsSS 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 .263
Gavin FloydP 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 .100
Luis AvilánP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Jordan SchaferPH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .129
Alex WoodP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Ryan DoumitPH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .200
Anthony VarvaroP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 36 5 10 5 2 3 13 1 14
Batting
2B – J Heyward (8, E Ramirez); C Johnson (11, E Ramirez)
HR – B Upton (5, 2nd inning off E Ramirez 0 on, 2 Out), E Gattis (12, 1st inning off E Ramirez 2 on, 1 Out)
RBI – B Upton (15), F Freeman (32), E Gattis 3 (27)
2-out RBI – B Upton
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – A Simmons 1, G Floyd 2, R Doumit 1
GIDP – A Simmons
Team LOB – 7
Running
SB – B Upton (9, 2nd base off E Ramirez/J Buck)
Fielding
E – C Johnson (4, throw)
Outfield assists – J Heyward
Pitching

Seattle

 
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP ERA
Erasmo Ramírez 3.0 8 5 5 1 4 2 1.64 6.82
Tom Wilhelmsen 2.0 1 0 0 2 2 0 1.36 2.83
Dominic Leone(W, 2-0) 2.0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1.13 1.40
Danny Farquhar(HLD, 3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.20 2.70
Fernando Rodney(SV, 15) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.48 2.49

Atlanta

 
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP ERA
Gavin Floyd 5.0 10 5 3 1 4 1 1.47 2.80
Luis Avilán 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1.63 4.26
Alex Wood(L, 5-6) 2.0 2 2 2 0 2 1 1.29 3.51
Anthony Varvaro 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.98 2.66
WP – D Farquhar, E Ramirez
IBB – A Simmons (by E Ramirez)
Pitches-strikes – D Leone 28-20; D Farquhar 15-8; F Rodney 16-9; E Ramirez 60-37; T Wilhelmsen 30-19; G Floyd 86-54; L Avilan 17-8; A Wood 29-19; A Varvaro 15-12
Ground balls-fly balls – D Leone 1-0; D Farquhar 1-1; F Rodney 0-0; E Ramirez 6-2; T Wilhelmsen 3-0; G Floyd 11-4; L Avilan 1-0; A Wood 3-1; A Varvaro 2-1
Batters faced – D Leone 6; D Farquhar 4; F Rodney 3; E Ramirez 18; T Wilhelmsen 8; G Floyd 26; L Avilan 4; A Wood 8; A Varvaro 4
Game Details
Game Time: 3:08.
Umpires: HP–Paul Schrieber. 1B–Marty Foster. 2B–Will Little. 3B–Ted Barrett.
Weather: 85 degrees, Partly Cloudy.
Wind: 3 mph, Left to Right.
Attendance: 36,503.

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