Mariners use long ball to slug their way past Rays

SEATTLE — Danny Valencia hit a three-run homer and tied a career high with five RBIs, Taylor Motter connected for a first-inning grand slam off Jake Odorizzi, and the Seattle Mariners routed the Tampa Bay Rays 12-4 on Friday night.

Seattle jumped on Odorizzi (3-3) for five runs in the first, although none were earned after Brad Miller’s error at second base helped create the big inning. Valencia started his night with a two-out, bases-loaded walk and Motter followed with his second slam of the season. He also hit one April 23 at Oakland.

While Motter’s sixth homer staked Seattle to a big early lead, Valencia’s fifth home run broke the game open. Despite being out in front on a breaking ball, Valencia was able to keep his bat back long enough to line Odorizzi’s final pitch into the left-field bullpen for a three-run shot and an 8-0 advantage.

Valencia added an RBI single as part of Seattle’s four-run seventh to match his career high. Valencia’s last five-RBI game also came against Tampa Bay last season.

That was plenty of offence for Seattle starter Christian Bergman, who pitched …read more

Source:: – Sport

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