Marmolejos’ first slam carries Mariners to 8-3 win, split

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rookie José Marmolejos hit his first grand slam and Shed Long Jr. also connected in the six-run first inning that carried the Seattle Mariners to an 8-3 victory against the San Diego Padres and a split of Thursday’s doubleheader.

The Mariners took two of three from the Padres, who got three home runs Thursday from red-hot Manny Machado.

In the first game, Wil Myers hit a game-ending three-run homer to cap a seven-run rally with two outs in the seventh inning and give the Padres a 10-7 win. Machado had two homers among his three hits and drove in four runs.

They played the doubleheader after the Mariners voted unanimously not to play Wednesday night as a protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Mariners have the most Blacks in baseball, eight on the active roster and 11 on the 40-man roster.

The Mariners jumped all over Garrett Richards (1-2) in the first. Marmolejos, added as the “29th” player for the doubleheader, hit his grand slam with one out and Long connected with two outs to give Seattle a 6-0 lead and chase Richards. It was Marmolejos’ third and Long’s second.

Machado homered in the bottom of the first off Yusei Kikuchi (1-2), his 11th. The Padres continued to cut into the lead on Jurickson Profar’s RBI single in the second and Trent Grisham’s RBI single in the fifth. That scored Jorge Mateo, aboard on his first career hit, a ground-rule double.

San Diego loaded the bases with one out in the sixth but the rally fizzled when pinch-hitter Josh Naylor grounded out to first and Eric Hosmer was thrown out at home.

Seattle added two runs off David Bednar in the seventh.

In the first game, San Diego rallied from a 7-3 deficit to stun the Mariners.

Myers watched for a few seconds as his majestic shot sailed well over the left-field fence, tossed his bat and pointed to the Padres’ dugout in one motion, and then began his trot. He tossed off his helmet as he approached home and leaped onto the plate and into as wild a celebration.

“That was a lot of fun,” Myers said. “I made the last out the last inning and was able to do something there that inning right there. Just all around offensively that last inning was really cool. We never gave up. Down to our last out and we come around and do that. It was really cool all the way around with the win.”

After Craig Stammen allowed four runs in the top of the seventh, Seattle’s Taylor Williams (0-1) gave it right back in the bottom of the inning. He gave up a two-run, bases loaded single to Machado. Another run scored on a wild pitch and Eric Hosmer tied it with an RBI single.

Dan Altavilla came on and allowed rookie Jake Cronenworth’s single before Myers homered to left, his eighth.

“This is a ton of fun. We’ve got a great team,” Myers said. “We’ve got a lot of great players here and everybody’s doing something, everybody’s contributing to help the team win.”

Pierce Johnson (3-1) got the win.

Austin Hedges started the winning rally when he was hit by a pitch, and Trent Grisham and Fernando Tatis Jr. drew walks, “and then we just went barrel to barrel to barrel and you get it to Wil and you’re sitting there first and third and he laid off a pitch and then he got something he could handle,” manager Jayce Tingler said.

“It’s big for Wil but it’s just a group of collective men that are pulling for one another. When you have that spirit, it gets contagious and it’s something special. Their heart and their grit continue to go and it’s everybody picking up one another. You keep playing and magical things can happen.

“To see them get rewarded like that in the seventh inning is pretty meaningful.”

Seattle manager Scott Servais called it “about as a crazy a last inning that you’re going to see in a ballgame in quite some time. We weren’t able to close it out. We did a lot of good things offensively in that seventh to put us in a great spot, shut the door. Obviously, (against) a good team on the road, we’ve got to nail it down at the end and we just weren’t able to execute and get it done.”

The Padres had tied the game 3-3 with impressive home runs by Fernando Tatis Jr. and Machado opening the sixth inning. Tatis hit his big league-leading 13th homer an estimated at 448 feet onto the roof of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building in the left-field corner at Petco Park, making him just the second Padres player to homer to the top of the landmark.

Machado followed with a shot into the second deck in left field, his second of the game and ninth this season. Both were off Matt Magill.

Stammen allowed all five batters he faced to reach, including Sam Haggerty, Kyle Lewis and Kyle Seager with RBI base hits. Seager’s hit chased Stammen, and Austin Nola hit a sacrifice fly off Johnson.

Ljay Newsome pitched four strong innings in his first big league start after Taijuan Walker was traded earlier in the day, and fellow rookie Marmolejos hit a two-run homer.

Newsome, 23, made the emergency start about three hours after the Mariners announced they sent Walker to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Newsome, making his second big league appearance, retired the first seven Padres batters and 10 of 11 before Machado homered to left-center with one out in the fourth, his ninth. Newsome allowed three hits, struck out four and walked none.

The Mariners took a 3-0 lead off Dinelson Lamet in the fourth, including Marmolejos’ two-run homer to left-center.


Mariners: LH Nick Margevicius (1-1, 4.31) is scheduled to start Friday night’s opener of a four-game series at the Los Angeles Angels.

Padres: Haven’t announced their starter yet for Friday night’s game at Colorado.


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