Kendrys Morales Leads Mariners Home Run Derby, Top Rangers


Just hours after Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington resigned abruptly, the Seattle Mariners hit four homers and handed the Rangers their 7th straight loss, 7-5 at the Ballpark at Arlington.

The Mariners have now won four straight after dropping five of their last seven, and have regained the 2nd AL wild-card spot by a half game over the Detroit Tigers.

Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer in the 4th inning to get the Mariners on the board. After the Rangers got one back in the bottom half, Mike Zunino and Brad Miller both homered to put the M’s up 5-1.

Zunino’s homer was his 20th of the season, making him the first catcher in Seattle history to have 20 homers in a season – breaking Miguel Olivo‘s mark of 19 in 2011.

Morales added another two-run homer in the 6th, and it would prove to be the game-winner.

Hisashi Iwakuma pitched just 5.1 IP, but got the win. He allowed seven hits and three runs walking just one and striking out five. Six relievers were used to finish the win, including Fernando Rodney, who allowed a run in the 9th to make it 7-5 but closed it out for his 42nd save of the season.

Endy Chavez left the game in the fifth inning after getting a cut above his left eye, sliding headfirst into second base on a successful steal. His helmet appeared to be the culprit when it came off just as his head collided with the left knee of Texas SS Luis Sardinas. Chavez got three stitches and was not diagnosed with a concussion and is expected to be available Saturday.

The Mariners are now just two games back of the free-falling Oakland Athletics for the first wild-card spot and second place in the AL West.

Dallas native Chris Young toes the slab for the M’s today against his former club.




Austin JacksonCF501000101.270
Dustin AckleyLF400001001.253
Robinson Canó2B400000002.320
Kyle Seager3B220002100.277
Kendrys MoralesDH422420000.228
Logan Morrison1B300000000.238
Mike ZuninoC411110101.200
Endy ChávezRF201000010.283
James JonesPR-RF211000010.253
Brad MillerSS411210201.205


2B – A Jackson (30, A Claudio); J Jones (9, N Cotts)

HR – K Morales 2 (6, 2nd inning off S Baker 1 on, 0 Out, 6th inning off S Tolleson 1 on, 1 Out), M Zunino (20, 5th inning off S Baker 0 on, 1 Out), B Miller (10, 5th inning off S Baker 1 on, 1 Out)

RBI – K Morales 4 (39), M Zunino (49), B Miller 2 (33)

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – D Ackley 1, R Cano 1

Team LOB – 4


SB – E Chavez (5, 2nd base off S Baker/T Telis), J Jones (23, 3rd base off N Cotts/T Telis)


E – B Miller (16, field)

DP – 2 (R Cano-B Miller-L Morrison, B Miller-R Cano-L Morrison)


Leonys MartínCF513000000.273
Elvis AndrusDH500000302.265
Tomás TelísC512000002.242
Adrián Béltre3B412001001.325
Ryan RuaLF500000105.194
Rougned Odor2B402100000.260
Adam Rosales1B412210113.302
Luis SardiñasSS311001100.280
Michael ChoiceRF401000203.179


2B – L Martin (12, F Rodney)

HR – A Rosales (4, 6th inning off B Maurer 1 on, 2 Out)

RBI – R Odor (37), A Rosales 2 (17)

2-out RBI – R Odor, A Rosales 2

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – T Telis 1, R Rua 1, A Rosales 1

GIDP – E Andrus, M Choice

Team LOB – 9


SB – A Rosales (2, 2nd base off Y Medina/M Zunino)



Hisashi Iwakuma(W, 14-6)5.17331500.992.97
Charlie Furbush0.10000001.193.72
Brandon Maurer0.11110111.374.94
Joe Beimel0.01000001.161.99
Tom Wilhelmsen(HLD, 8)1.01000100.981.96
Yoervis Medina(HLD, 21)1.01001001.192.22
Fernando Rodney(SV, 42)1.02110101.302.62


Scott Baker(L, 3-4)4.14551331.205.52
Shawn Tolleson1.21221111.162.97
Álex Cláudio0.21001101.381.13
Román Méndez1.10000001.061.71
Neal Cotts1.01000001.313.94

WP – F Rodney

HBP – L Morrison (by R Mendez)

Pitches-strikes – H Iwakuma 84-61; C Furbush 9-6; B Maurer 14-9; J Beimel 7-5; T Wilhelmsen 16-10; Y Medina 16-8; F Rodney 19-12; S Baker 68-46; S Tolleson 28-16; A Claudio 17-9; R Mendez 17-8; N Cotts 10-7

Ground balls-fly balls – H Iwakuma 10-1; C Furbush 1-0; B Maurer 1-1; J Beimel 1-0; T Wilhelmsen 2-1; Y Medina 1-1; F Rodney 2-1; S Baker 3-7; S Tolleson 3-2; A Claudio 0-0; R Mendez 2-0; N Cotts 1-1

Batters faced – H Iwakuma 23; C Furbush 1; B Maurer 3; J Beimel 1; T Wilhelmsen 4; Y Medina 4; F Rodney 5; S Baker 18; S Tolleson 7; A Claudio 4; R Mendez 5; N Cotts 4

Game Details

Game Time: 3:27.

Umpires: HP–Paul Nauert. 1B–Larry Vanover. 2B–Angel Hernandez. 3B–Vic Carapazza.

Weather: 95 degrees, Mildly Cloudy.

Wind: 8 mph, In From Right.

Attendance: 23,428.