Endy Chavez had not hit a home run in 266 plate appearances dating back 13 months. But that dinger in the bottom of the 7th proved to be the game-winner as the Mariners held off a late rally by the Cleveland Indians and won 3-2 Friday night.
Chris Young continued his tremendous pitching at Safeco, tossing five innings of four-hit ball while allowing only one earned run before turning it over to the best bullpen in the American League.
Young was pulled after five innings because he had thrown 91 pitches. But he had the 2-1 lead thanks to an RBI single by Kyle Seager – who went 3-for-4 and has an eight-game hitting streak at Safeco in which he is batting .613. Michael Saunders – fresh off the DL – doubled in his first at-bat of the game and scored in the 4th on a single by Brad Miller to give the M’s the 2-1 lead.
The Mariners bullpen held serve as Joe Beimel, Danny Farquhar, Yoervis Medina and Charlie Furbush combined for 3 IP of scoreless relief allowing just one hit and two walks. Fernando Rodney came in for the 9th and gave up a one-out single to Nick Swisher. After getting the 2nd out, Michael Bourn singled Swisher home for the first run the bullpen had allowed in 24 IP.
Rodney got Asdrubal Cabrera to pop up to end it and earn his 22nd save of the year.
Saturday’s game is the club’s 81st, the halfway point of the season. After 80 games, the Mariners stand at 43-37, eight games better than 2013. The Mariners have the 5th-bbst record in the AL and are currently 0.5 games up on the Baltimore Orioles for the 2nd wild-card spot.
- 2B – M Bourn (7, C Young); J Kipnis 2 (13, C Young, C Furbush); L Chisenhall (20, C Young)
- SF – M Brantley
- RBI – M Bourn (19), M Brantley (52)
- 2-out RBI – M Bourn
- Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – M Brantley 1, C Santana 1, L Chisenhall 2, Y Gomes 1, N Swisher 1
- Team LOB – 9
- Outfield assists – M Brantley
- DP – 2 (T Bauer-A Cabrera-C Santana, M Brantley-A Cabrera-C Santana)
- 2B – K Seager (20, T Bauer); M Saunders (7, T Bauer)
- HR – E Chavez (1, 7th inning off T Bauer 0 on, 1 Out)
- RBI – E Chavez (7), K Seager (55), B Miller (22)
- 2-out RBI – K Seager, B Miller
- Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – E Chavez 3, L Morrison 1, D Ackley 1
- GIDP – R Cano
- Team LOB – 8
- SB – E Chavez (1, 2nd base off T Bauer/Y Gomes)
- E – L Morrison (1, field)
|Trevor Bauer(L, 2-4)||6.1||9||3||3||2||5||1||1.46||4.39|
|Chris Young(W, 7-4)||5.0||4||1||1||1||4||0||1.16||3.15|
|Joe Beimel(HLD, 6)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.21||1.40|
|Danny Farquhar(HLD, 7)||1.0||0||0||0||1||1||0||1.24||2.86|
|Yoervis Medina(HLD, 12)||0.2||0||0||0||1||0||0||1.11||2.43|
|Charlie Furbush(HLD, 11)||0.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.23||3.70|
|Fernando Rodney(SV, 22)||1.0||2||1||1||0||1||0||1.28||2.30|
- WP – T Bauer
- HBP – A Cabrera (by C Young)
- Pitches-strikes – T Bauer 111-69; K Crockett 17-14; V Pestano 2-1; N Hagadone 4-3; C Young 91-61; J Beimel 12-7; D Farquhar 18-9; Y Medina 11-6; C Furbush 8-6; F Rodney 15-12
- Ground balls-fly balls – T Bauer 6-7; K Crockett 0-1; V Pestano 0-1; N Hagadone 0-2; C Young 3-5; J Beimel 1-0; D Farquhar 1-1; Y Medina 2-0; C Furbush 1-0; F Rodney 1-1
- Batters faced – T Bauer 28; K Crockett 4; V Pestano 1; N Hagadone 2; C Young 21; J Beimel 3; D Farquhar 4; Y Medina 3; C Furbush 2; F Rodney 5
- Game Time: 3:05.
- Umpires: HP–Doug Eddings. 1B–Marvin Hudson. 2B–Brian O’Nora. 3B–Adam Hamari.
- Weather: 66 degrees, Overcast.
- Wind: 0 mph, No Wind Direction.
- Attendance: 28,084.