Marco Gonzales was looking for some retribution against the
Kansas City Royals.
Gonzales (8-5) pitched a six-hitter for his first career complete game in the
Seattle Mariners‘ 4-1 victory on Friday. The left-hander struck out seven and
didn’t issue a walk while throwing just 96 pitches.
”My last outing against these guys didn’t go great – my second start of the
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was a little more amped than usual,” Gonzales said.
Mitch Haniger and Mike Zunino homered for Seattle.
Gonzales had been chased after just 2 1/3 innings of what became a 10-0 loss
on April 9, but Friday’s start was much different. Gonzalez, who’d never taken a
game into the eighth inning until going 7 1/3 innings against Tampa Bay earlier
this month, didn’t need more than 13 pitches to finish any inning against the
”He has a lot of confidence right now because everything that’s happened to
him this year, he’s earned,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said.
Whit Merrifield singled to lead off the game and advanced to second on a
sacrifice bunt by Rosell Herrera. Gonzales picked Merrifield off second base to
erase the baserunner and would retire nine straight batters before running into
a spot of trouble in the fourth.
Herrera doubled off the glove of left fielder Denard Span with one out. An
infield single from Mike Moustakas put runners on the corners, but Gonzales
induced an inning-ending double play from Salvador Perez to keep the Royals off
”The way that we’ve been playing and the fun that we’ve been having, I can’t
wait for my fifth day to come,” Gonzales said. ”To be able to go out there and
contribute in a positive way and have these guys rally behind you is pretty
Royals starter Ian Kennedy (1-8) retired the first 10 batters he faced before
running into trouble in the fourth. Jean Segura reached on an infield single to
give Seattle its first baserunner of the game. Haniger followed with a two-run
blast over the center-field wall to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead.
After fouling off three straight pitches with a 2-2 count, Zunino blasted a
solo home run two rows from the top of the upper deck in left field to extend
the Mariners’ lead to 3-0 in the fifth.
Kennedy left after five innings due to tightness in his left side that
surfaced on the last pitch to Zunino.
”I felt it
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tight. The last couple pitches I was compensating for it, so I knew … the right
thing to do is to say something.”
Segura added a two-out RBI single in the seventh inning off Brandon Maurer to
give Seattle a 4-0 advantage.
Adalberto Mondesi doubled to open the ninth and Moustakas delivered a two-out
single to center field to drive home the only run of the game for the
Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio was recalled and back in the lineup for the Royals
on Friday after completing an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a
performance-enhancing drug. Bonifacio was suspended in March after testing
positive for Boldenone, which is an anabolic androgenic steroid. Bonifacio
started the game in left field and went 0 for 3 with a strikeout. He hit .255
with 17 home runs and 40 RBIs in 113 games as a rookie in 2017. OF Ryan Goins
was designated for assignment on Thursday to clear a roster spot. ”It was a
tough time down there in Arizona. But I learned from it. It’s never going to
happen again,” Bonifacio said.
Royals: C Perez was back in the lineup after exiting Wednesday’s game in
Milwaukee in the ninth inning after taking a foul ball off his right leg.
Mariners: 3B Kyle Seager was back in the lineup after making only a pinch-hit
appearance in Baltimore on Sunday. Seager has an ”avulsion fracture” in his big
toe and was given the day off in the field to rest. It’s not expected to require
a disabled list stint and Seager is planning to play through the injury.
Royals: RHP Jason Hammel (2-9) will make his 17th start of the season on
Saturday. Hammel has lost four straight starts and has allowed at least three
earned runs in three of the four outings.
Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez (7-6) will take the hill for the 18th time this
season as he looks to continue a run of strong starts. After a rough first two
months of the season, Hernandez has allowed just one earned run in three of his
five starts in June.
Jon Lester won his fifth straight start, Javier Baez
backed him with three hits and two runs, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los
Angeles Dodgers 4-0 on Wednesday.
Lester (9-2) gave up five hits over seven innings. Baez had two doubles, a
triple and a steal. He also made some solid plays at shortstop and second
Kyle Schwarber hit his 14th homer, and Kris Bryant added two hits and an RBI.
And the Cubs handed Ross Stripling his first loss since April 30, taking two of
three in a rematch of the past two NL Championship Series.
Lester walked three and struck out one batter. Anthony Bass worked the final
two innings to finish the six-hitter.
Stripling (6-2) had won six straight starts. The right-hander went six
innings, allowing three runs and eight hits while striking out seven without a
YANKEES 7, MARINERS 5
NEW YORK (AP) – Giancarlo Stanton lined a two-run homer with two outs in the
bottom of the ninth
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Gary Sanchez tied the score with a two-run homer against Alex Colome in the
eighth, and the Yankees went on to complete their largest comeback victory of
Didi Gregorius singled with two outs in the ninth and Stanton hammered an 0-2
breaking ball from reliever Ryan Cook (1-1). The drive traveled a projected 453
feet to left-center for Stanton’s first walk-off homer with the Yankees – his
previous one came in April 2014 for the Marlins (also vs. Seattle).
New York is a season-high 27 games above .500 with the majors’ best record at
Aroldis Chapman (3-0) pitched a perfect inning for the win.
The Mariners have lost three straight for the first time since April 17-19
against the World Series champion Astros.
ASTROS 5, RAYS 1
HOUSTON (AP) – Jose Altuve homered twice, including the last of three
straight by the Astros in the sixth inning, to lift Houston over Tampa Bay.
The game was tied in the bottom of the sixth when George Springer’s 15th
homer made it 2-1. Two pitches later Alex Bregman sent an 87 mph slider from
Rays starter Nathan Eovaldi (1-3) into the seats in left field for his 11th home
But the Astros weren’t done yet, as Altuve put one on the train tracks atop
left field for the second time on Wednesday night to push the lead to 4-1. It
was the first time the Astros hit three home runs in a row since May 2, 2008,
when Miguel Tejada, Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee did it against Milwaukee.
It was a welcome display of power for a team that managed just five singles
in a 2-1 loss to the Rays on Tuesday night that snapped Houston’s 12-game
winning streak. The win made the Astros the first team to reach 50 victories
Houston starter Charlie Morton (9-1) allowed just two hits and one unearned
run in six innings.
TWINS 4, RED SOX 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Robbie Grossman and Max Kepler homered to back an
effective start by Lance Lynn as Minnesota beat Boston.
Grossman led off the bottom of the first with a home run and Kepler added a
two-run shot off David Price (8-5). Brian Dozier added a pair of doubles to help
the Twins win for the fourth time in five games.
Lynn (5-5) again struggled with command, issuing five walks, but he gave up
just one unearned run and three hits in five innings.
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PHILLIES 4, CARDINALS 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Odubel Herrera hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the
seventh inning, Cesar Hernandez had a two-run shot and Philadelphia beat St.
Herrera ripped a 91 mph slider from Sam Tuivailala (1-3) off the scoreboard
on the facing of the second deck in right field to give the Phillies a 4-3 lead.
Herrera has a homer in four straight games.
Yadier Molina hit a pair of homers for the Cardinals off Phillies starter
Edubray Ramos (2-0) got five outs and Adam Morgan retired the last two
batters with the tying run on second for his first career save. The Phillies
took two of three to win a series against the Cardinals for the first time since
Cardinals starter Michael Wacha left in the fourth with a left oblique
INDIANS 12, WHITE SOX 0
CLEVELAND (AP) – Corey Kluber became the first pitcher with 11 wins this
season and Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis hit three-run homers in Cleveland’s
victory over Chicago.
Reigning AL Cy Young winner Kluber (11-3) allowed only a second-inning single
past third base by Omar Narvaez and a third-inning walk to Charlie Tilson in
seven dominant innings. The right-hander struck out seven and retired the last
14 batters before giving way to George Kontos to begin the eighth. Josh Tomlin
surrendered a double to Jose Abreu in the ninth before completing the combined
Kluber now has one more victory than Washington’s Max Scherzer and the
Yankees’ Luis Severino.
Ramirez put the Indians ahead 3-0 in the first with his team-high 22nd home
run off starter Reynaldo Lopez (2-5). He also extended his on-base streak to a
career-high 28 games, scored three times and stole a base.
Kipnis’ three-run shot and Edwin Encarnacion’s two-run double were part of a
six-run sixth against Bruce Rondon that pushed the lead to 11-0.
ATHLETICS 12, PADRES 4
SAN DIEGO (AP) – Light-hitting Franklin Barreto connected for a 424-foot,
three-run home run, one of five long balls Oakland hit in routing San Diego.
Josh Phegley, Mark Canha, Matt Olson and Jed Lowrie also went deep for
The A’s hit seven homers in sweeping the two-game series. Stephen Piscotty