Mariners Beat O’s 2-1 Behind Dominant Pitching

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PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 25: Edwin Diaz #39 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates his 50th save of the year with catcher Mike Zunino #3 in a 4-3 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 25, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. All players across MLB will wear nicknames on their backs as well as colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms during Players Weekend. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 25: Edwin Diaz #39 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates his 50th save of the year with catcher Mike Zunino #3 in a 4-3 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 25, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. All players across MLB will wear nicknames on their backs as well as colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms during Players Weekend. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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The Mariners began their homestand with a win Monday night against the Baltimore Orioles. They squeaked by with another one-run game, improving their record to 34-18 in such affairs.

The pitching was Seattle’s key for success after a strong start by Erasmo Ramirez and a formidable bullpen that helped earn him the win.

The Mariners pitching picked the right night to dominate the Orioles offense because their bats were almost equally as miserable. Both teams combined for just 8 hits and 3 runs.

Erasmo made his first start since the Padres shelled him for 7 runs in 3 innings of work on Wednesday. He was able to bounce back with a strong outing, throwing 5.1 innings of 2-hit baseball while striking out 5. His sole earned run was a 4th-inning home run by Johnathan Villar that grazed the right field foul pole.

The Mariners offense was pitiful but were bailed out by their pitchers. They matched Baltimore’s run in the fourth with an RBI-single by Ryon Healy and tacked on another in the fifth with a Dee Gordon sacrifice fly. Seattle would be held scoreless for the rest of the game, but the 2 runs were all they needed to secure a win.

Zach Duke, Nick Vincent and Alex Colomé were strong in relief to maintain Seattle’s 2-1 lead. They allowed only a hit in 2.2 combined innings of work.

It is likely that you will find a play on both SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays and Not Top 10 plays from Seattle’s win tonight. To cap off Dee Gordon’s nightmare season as a center fielder, he dropped the most routine of pop-ups in the 7th inning and put the tying run on second base. Luckily, the run wouldn’t score.

On the web-gem side of tonight’s ballgame, Ryon Healy was robbed of a hit in the 8th inning. Baltimore second-baseman Johnathan Villar made a Superman-esque dive behind the bag to rob the Mariners of an important insurance run.

Villar robbed an insurance run from the wrong team, because the Mariners are undefeated this season when Edwin Diaz is handed a one-run lead. To cap off a dominant pitching performance for Seattle, Diaz struck out the side and earned his club-record 52nd save for the Mariners.

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Despite the win, Seattle was unable to gain ground on either Oakland or Houston in the postseason race as both teams won today. However, they will look to capture a series against the Orioles Tuesday night and move to 6-0 on the season against Baltimore. Wade Leblanc will make the start for Seattle in a 7:10PT first pitch.

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