Cano’s 3-Run HR Lifts Mariners Over Orioles 6-3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer, Dustin Ackley had a solo shot and the Seattle Mariners got an effective outing from their bullpen in a 6-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night.
Cano was 2 for 23 lifetime against Miguel Gonzalez (5-6) before connecting in the fifth inning to put the Mariners up 4-1. It was his eighth home run of the year, the first in 15 games since July 12.
That was enough to give Seattle its eighth win in 21 games since July 7.
Caleb Joseph homered and Manny Machado had three hits for the Orioles, whose previous seven games were decided by one run.
Coming off a 14-week stay on the disabled list with a strained back muscle, Seattle starter James Paxton gave up two runs in 4 1-3 innings.
Relievers Dominic Leone (4-2), Brandon Maurer, Yoervis Medina, Charlie Furbush and Fernando Rodney followed with a combined 4 2-3 innings of four-hit ball.
With the score 1-all in the fifth, newcomer Austin Jackson got his first hit with the Mariners, a single. He took third on a double by Ackley and scored when Cano hit a drive over the scoreboard in right field.
Joseph homered in the bottom half to hasten Paxton’s exit.
Kendrys Morales made it 6-2 with a two-run single in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Ryan Flaherty singled in a run in the bottom half, but Rodney retired Machado with two outs and runners on the corners.
Paxton faced only two batters before falling behind. Nick Markakis drew a leadoff walk and scored on a double by Machado.
Ackley tied it in the third with his sixth home run, the first of his three hits.
Mariners: Seattle placed DH Corey Hart on the 15-day DL with a bruised right knee. “It got to the point where I was tired of hitting balls and going nowhere because I don’t have the legs,” said Hart, who was sidelined with a strained hamstring earlier this season.
Orioles: 1B Chris Davis did not start because he’s still feeling the effects of a stomach virus, manager Buck Showalter said. Davis was in an 0-for-11 skid before flying out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth.
Mariners: Seattle calls upon right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma (9-5), who has a 32-16 lifetime record but allowed four runs over seven innings in a loss to Baltimore last week.
Orioles: Chris Tillman, who began his professional career in the Mariners organization, seeks to go 6-0 lifetime against Seattle. Tillman is 6-0 on the road and 1-5 at home.
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