Staff Writer for 102.9 & 750 The Game
Seattle — The Mariners took control from the beginning and defeated the Marlins 6-1 for their fourth straight win. Interleague play began for the Mariners in a fitting manner, as Ichiro returned to Seattle and was honored in a pregame ceremony. Ichiro himself went 0-3 but made an impressive catch in left field, thrilling the home crowd.
Ariel Miranda earned his first win of the season, pitching perfect through the first three innings. Miranda struck out five batters and allowed only four singles in seven innings. Robinson Cano and Taylor Motter powered the offense, Cano going 2-4 with a home run and a double, collecting three RBIs, and Motter hitting 2-4 with a monster homer of his own.
Robinson Cano got the Mariners’ bats going early in the game with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first.
But the Mariners weren’t finished as Nelson Cruz went back-to-back with another home run, giving the Mariners a 3-0 lead.
The Mariners continued their offensive show in the fourth inning as Leonys Martin singled, stole second, and reached third on a throwing error by Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler. Jarrod Dyson hit a double into left field, driving in Martin.
Cano switched places with Dyson, putting the Mariners up 5-0 and getting his third RBI of the night.
The following inning, Taylor Motter hit a solo home run, his third of the year, into the upper deck in left field.
Nick Vincent relieved Miranda in the eighth inning, striking out one and shutting down the Marlins, including Ichiro for his final plate appearance of the game. Evan Scribner closed out the ninth inning, allowing the Marlins’ only run of the game, a solo home run by Christian Yelich, but struck out two other batters and finished the game for the Mariners, who improved their record to 6-8.
Yovani Gallardo starts for the Mariners tomorrow. Pregame coverage will begin at 6pm on 102.9 and 750 The Game.