Cal Raleigh homers twice as Mariners keep scorching and topple Pink Sox 6-2

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Nick Pivetta’s 10-strikeout recreation was not sufficient to defeat the Seattle Mariners.

Seattle Mariners’ Cal Raleigh holds a trident within the dugout after hitting a solo residence run, his second of the the evening, towards the Boston Pink Sox through the seventh inning of a baseball recreation, Monday, July 31, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photograph/Lindsey Wasson) Lindsey Wasson/AP Photograph

SEATTLE (AP) — On the day they mentioned goodbye to their nearer and one of many anchors to their clubhouse, the Seattle Mariners reached their highwater mark for the season.

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Unusual occasions for a crew that’s lingered round .500 for many of the season proper as much as the commerce deadline.

“It’s laborious this time of yr. It truly is. Gamers and their households and every part else with the commerce deadline and attempting to see the way it all performs out,” Seattle supervisor Scott Servais mentioned.

Cal Raleigh hit a pair of solo residence runs off Nick Pivetta, Julio Rodríguez added a two-run single as a part of a four-run eighth inning, and the Mariners moved a season-best 4 video games over .500 with a 6-2 win over the Boston Pink Sox on Monday evening.

Seattle (55-51) concluded its most profitable month of the season, going 17-9 in July and inched nearer within the AL West and wild card races.

However the profitable month wasn’t sufficient for the Mariners entrance workplace to maintain from promoting off a number of items. Seattle’s afternoon began with nearer Paul Sewald being traded to Arizona and outfielder AJ Pollock getting dealt to San Francisco.

The day ended with the Mariners having fun with their eighth win in 11 video games.

“It’s unlucky to see (Sewald) go. We want him one of the best of luck. But it surely’s out of our management,” Raleigh mentioned. “We are able to take a look at it two methods — we are able to form of pack it in, or we are able to preserve going and attempting to make this factor actual and form of show them mistaken.”

Raleigh hit a towering fly ball main off the second inning that had sufficient carry to sneak into the suitable subject seats for his fifteenth homer of the season. His sixteenth with one out within the seventh inning was a no-doubter off the bat and stayed contained in the foul pole to offer Seattle the lead.

It was Raleigh’s fourth multi-homer recreation this season and second previously two weeks after hitting a pair on July 22 towards Toronto.

The 2 homers have been the one errors by Pivetta, who was in any other case excellent in his return to beginning a recreation. Beginning for the primary time since Might 16, Pivetta (7-6) pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowed 5 hits and struck out 10.

“Him going deep within the recreation, that was big for us to reset and truly give us an opportunity to win the collection the following two days,” Boston supervisor Alex Cora mentioned.

Seattle was capable of rating 4 occasions within the eighth with Rodríguez lining a single off reliever Joe Jacques down the right-field line to attain a pair, and Eugenio Suárez and Teoscar Hernández following with RBI singles.

Boston misplaced its third straight and has scored three runs or much less in 4 straight video games.

Boston’s first run got here courtesy of a play straight off the youth baseball subject. Jarren Duran walked to open the sport, stole second, instantly superior to 3rd as catcher Tom Murphy’s throw airmailed into heart subject and scampered residence as Rodríguez’s throw from the outfield received previous Suárez at third base.

Whereas Seattle’s protection was shaky in that second, it got here via later with key performs by Suárez and second baseman Jose Caballero, and Rodríguez working down Pablo Reyes’ liner in right-center subject.

J.P. Crawford ended the sport with a spectacular catch of Masataka Yoshida‘s line drive.

“All of us take satisfaction into all we do defensively too as a result of we all know that’s a means that we are able to win ballgames,” Rodríguez mentioned.

Matt Brash (6-3) was certainly one of 5 relievers utilized by the Mariners after starter George Kirby labored via 5 innings. Justin Turner’s infield single with two outs within the ninth scored Wong, however Turner walked off the sphere with a slight limp after beating out the gradual grounder.

Turner is day-to-day with a left heel contusion.


Boston positioned LHP Joely Rodriguez on the 15-day injured listing with proper hip irritation and recalled Jacques from Triple-A Worcester. Rodriguez has pitched solely 11 innings all season on account of a mix of an indirect damage and shoulder irritation.


Pink Sox: RHP Brayan Bello (7-6, 3.66) has pitched at the very least six innings in 4 of his previous 5 begins. Bello allowed three runs over six innings in his final outing towards Atlanta.

Mariners: RHP Bryce Miller (7-3, 3.96) picked up the win in his final begin regardless of giving up six runs and 4 homers to Minnesota. In his previous two begins at residence, Miller has allowed one earned run in 10 1/3 innings pitched.