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Nine-run second inning propels Mariners past Halos to start off September

9/2 vs LAA by TOM HAYDEN

69-65, 11.5 GB in AL WEST ----

WHAT A WIN! The Mariners took care of business on Friday night in Seattle with an 11-8 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. How they got there was impressive as offense combined to put up a 9-run second inning, tying for most runs in an inning this season. The last time this was accomplished was the very beginning of June, in which the Mariners erased a 12-2 deficit defeating the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. The M's put up 9 runs in a single inning then as well. Dae-Ho Lee and Ketel Marte both had days for Seattle at the plate, and together are my picks for Mariners Players of the Game. With the win, the Mariners are now 11.5 games in back of the Texas Rangers in the American League Western Division standings, and just 4.0 games back in the American League Wild Card standings. 

Offensively on Friday night at the Safe, offense combined to put up a SOLID 11 runs on 13 hits. SS Ketel Marte (.266 AVG) had himself a night going 2-for-5 at the plate with a pair of singles for 3 RBI, all of which in that 9-run second inning. The 3-RBI day now gives Marte a total of 27 on the season. Also contributing offensively was 1B Dae-Ho Lee (.260 AVG) who went 3-for-5 at the plate with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Lee connected for 3 singles in the ball game and now has 44 RBI on the season. LF Guillermo Heredia (.226 AVG) went 2-for-4 at the dish with a double and a single in this one. Heredia drove in pair of runs in this one, and now has 6 RBI on the season in 23 games played to date. The double was the first of Heredia's Major League career. RF Ben Gamel (.091 AVG) made his Seattle Mariner debut on Friday night, batting lead-off and in right field. Gamel didn't record a hit, but did earn himself his first RBI as a Mariner with a bases loaded walk. Ben G went 0-for-3 at the plate on the night. DH Nelson Cruz (.279 AVG) returned to the lineup on Friday night after missing a couple of days with soreness in his left hand nerves. Cruz proved the hand was no longer bothering him as he belted his 33rd homer of the season in the eighth inning of the ball game, a solo shot to add on to a solid Mariner lead. The RBI from the homer was Cruz's 80th of the season. C Mike Zunino (.222 AVG) snapped out of an 0-for-20 slump as he put up an RBI single in that second inning. Zunino went 1-for-4 on the night at the dish, and now has 23 RBI in 35 games played this season. 

On the mound on Friday night, LHP Ariel Miranda made his 7th appearance of the season and his fifth start. Miranda was shaky at first, giving up homers to Mike Trout and Jefry Marte, but he would later calm down to earn himself his 2nd career win. Miranda went 6.0 innings strong, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits (all runs earned) while walking 3 and striking out 5 Halos on the night. Miranda now has an individual W-L record of 2-1 on the season with an ERA of 5.76 in just under 30.0 innings pitched this season. RHP Nick Vincent (3.75 ERA) then came into relief tossing 1.0 inning, giving up nothing and striking out 1 Angel in his outing. RHP Evan Scribner (0.00) who was recently recalled off of the 60-day disabled list, also went 1.0 inning tossing a blank frame. RHP Arquimedes Caminero (3.72 ERA) gave up 4 runs on 4 hits (only 1 run earned) while walking 1 in his outing. Commoner went 0.2 innings. RHP Dan Altavilla (0.00 ERA) and RHP Edwin Diaz (2.54 ERA) then finished up the remainder of the ball game. Altavilla went 0.0 innings while giving up just 1 hit, while Edwin Diaz went 0.1 innings, tossing a blank frame, and earning himself his 12th save of the season! 

WHAT'S NEXT? : 

The Mariners will now play Game 2 of this 3-game series on Saturday night, as RHP Taijuan Walker will look to bounce back from a tough outing in his last start in what will be his 20th start of the year for Seattle. Walker (4-9, 4.00 ERA) and the M's will face LAA LHP Tyler Skaggs (2-3, 4.69 ERA). Be sure to catch all of the action on ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle Radio! First pitch start time- 6:10 PM PAC, 9:10 PM ET!

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue as our M's #KeepFighting towards the #PostSEAson! 

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