Mariners Keep Finding Ways to Win Close Games

SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 13: Mike Marjama
SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 13: Mike Marjama /

The Mariners are 6-2 in games decided by one run this season – a breath of fresh air for all M’s fans.

The Mariners were able to pull off a tough road win this afternoon to start out their four-game stint with the Cleveland Indians. This is the last stop of their three-city road trip; they have taken two of three games from both the Texas Rangers and the Chicago White Sox.

The M’s lost their first game against Chicago in an abysmal 10-4 loss as starter Mike Leake gave up a hit to his first seven batters. They bounced back in the second game of the series, however, and their current win streak of three games began. The last two wins in Chicago and the first game in Cleveland have been one-run ball games.

In recent memory, the Mariners have been more on the receiving end of disheartening one-run losses, which make these wins feel so much sweeter.

The Mariners look to add to their current three-game win streak Friday as Erasmo Ramirez gets the start against the reigning AL Cy Young Corey Kluber. First pitch is at 4:10 PT.

CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 24: Edwin Diaz
CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 24: Edwin Diaz /

Edwin Diaz has been a vital part of every close game this season, beginning on Opening Day. He was able to secure a 2-1 victory at Safeco in the 9th with two runners in scoring position. Although M’s fans have been holding their breath in the last inning for three consecutive games now, Edwin has been clutch. Diaz earned his 11th save yesterday afternoon, which leads all of the major leagues. Wade Davis and Jeurys Familia have a tie for second in the majors with 9 saves.

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The Mariners are now 14-10, only 2 games back of the AL West-leading Houston Astros. The close wins can be stressful, but we will take them any time we can get them!