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Iannetta hits Walk-Off HR in eleventh inning, Mariners complete sweep of the Rays


5/11 vs TB by TOM HAYDEN

SAFECO FIELD, SEATTLE, WA. ----

Walk-off homeruns are one of the greatest things to watch in the game of baseball, of course, if your team hit the homer. On Wednesday afternoon Mariners fans witnessed for themselves a walk-off homerun by C Chris Iannetta, and it was a good one. Here's what led up to it.

On the mound, RHP Taijuan Walker made the start, and had himself another impressive outing. Despite giving up a grand slam, you have to credit Walker for going out there and getting things done again. Taijuan just had a tough sixth inning, as he gave up the 4 runs. Walker (2.63 ERA), went 5.2 innings striking out 9, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits. LHP Mike Montgomery (2.41 ERA) RHP Nick Vincent (1.84 ERA), LHP Vidal Nuño (1.74 ERA) and RHP Steve Johnson (1.80 ERA) tossed the rest of the game. Relief gave up 1 run on 5 hits. RHP Steve Johnson got the win (1-0 so far this season).

Offensively the Mariners put up 8 hits on the day. LF Nori Aoki (.238 AVG) had a 2 hit night. RF Seth Smith (.253 AVG) had 2 RBI. DH Nelson Cruz (.270 AVG) connected for his sixth HR of 2016, a solo blast to left center field in the third inning. C Chris Iannetta (.218 AVG) then connected for a solo HR when it mattered most, bottom of the eleventh inning, for his third HR of 2016.

The Mariners will start up a new series with the 13-20 Los Angeles Angels on Friday night in Seattle. First pitch start time- 7:10 PM PAC, 10:10 PM ET. RHP Nathan Karns (3-1, 3.38 ERA) will make his seventh start of the year facing LAA RHP Nick Tropeano (1-2, 3.69 ERA). Watch on ROOT Sports NW™ or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle™!

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.

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