Gilbert solid again, Mariners end Marlins 7-game winning streak | Radio WGN 720
MIAMI (AP) — Logan Gilbert maintained his streak of impressive starts, Julio Rodríguez hit his first major league home run and the Seattle Mariners snapped Miami’s seven-game winning streak, beating the Marlins 7-3 Sunday.
JP Crawford also homered while Jesse Winker had three hits and two RBIs for the Mariners, who went on a four-game skid.
Making his first start against a Newfoundland club, Gilbert (4-0) held the Marlins without a hit until the single with two outs from Jon Berti in the fifth. The 24-year-old right-hander was lifted after allowing Brian Anderson’s solo homer with two outs in the sixth.
“I just wanted to finish strong, he had a good swing,” Gilbert said of Anderson’s shot. “This stuff happens, but yeah, I wasn’t too happy about it.”
Gilbert allowed three hits, walked four and struck out five. He came out with a 0.64 ERA in five starts. Anderson’s outburst was the first earned run Gilbert has allowed since the start of the season against Minnesota on April 9.
“They had some good at-bats, long at-bats,” Gilbert said. “It made me work there. I just tried to stay in the zone, stay aggressive and keep going.
Rodríguez’s three-point strike against Sandy Alcantara (2-1) landed on the left center catwalk and made it 5-0 in the sixth. Crawford hit a two-out double and the Marlins intentionally walked Abraham Toro to face Rodríguez, who started the day with an average of .205.
“Words cannot describe how I feel,” Rodríguez said. “It was a beautiful moment and the moment it happened. Very exciting. That home run means a lot more to me because it helped us bounce back from losses and against a good club and starter like Sandy Alcantara.
Rodríguez had never encountered the situation of having an opponent intentionally stepping the previous batter to face him.
“It was the first and that’s what they got,” Rodríguez said. “If they wanted to do the challenge with me, I’ll give you the challenge. I said, ‘if you want it, let’s go.’/”
Marlins manager Don Mattingly defended the decision to pitch to Rodríguez.
“Toro had already gotten a hit to drive in a race earlier after a switch,” Mattingly said. “The number wasn’t really close for us, but I also know that kid is a talented youngster who’s going to be really good. You hate to get him excited and stuff, but I mean it’s just a better match for Sandy from this point of view.
Berti scored from third on Jorge Soler’s single against Mariners reliever Andres Muñoz in the seventh.
Winker’s two-run single in the ninth made it 7-2. Miami’s Jorge Soler hit his third homer in the bottom half.
The Mariners finished the Florida leg of their nine-game road trip 2-4, with Gilbert winning both outings against Tampa Bay and Miami.
“Great win today against a quality opponent,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “The guys over there can really throw. We have our hands full here in Florida and I think it’s time for us to leave Florida.
Crawford’s solo shot in the second gave Seattle a 1-0 lead. Crawford, who extended his hitting streak to 10 games, drove Alcantara’s fastball into the Mariners bullpen at right center for his fourth homer.
Seattle stretched their advantage on Toro’s single in the fourth.
Alcantara allowed five runs, six hits, struck out six and walked four in 5 2/3 innings. It was Alcantara’s shortest outing since their five-inning opening day start against San Francisco.
THE BARK IN THE PARK
Sunday’s attendance of 16,741 included spectators with 232 pet dogs. Arfs and barking were noticeable from the upper deck section throughout the game. The Marlins are planning three more pet fostering promotions this season.
ALMOST FALLS TO MARLINS
Seattle selected Gilbert with the 14th pick in the 2018 Entry Draft, one ahead of Miami. The Marlins drafted outfielder Conor Scott, who was dealt to Pittsburgh in the offseason for receiver Jacob Stallings.
Mariners: RHP Sergio Romo (right shoulder inflammation) kicked off a bullpen session and could soon increase his workload for a minor league appearance.
Marlins: IF Jazz Chisholm Jr. (stomach discomfort) was a late scratch but a pinch hit and a single in the eighth.
Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (1-2, 3.86) avoided serious injury after being hit in the wrist during online practice in his previous outing and will start Game 1 of a series against Houston on Monday night .
Marlins: RHP Pablo López (2-0, 0.39) will look to continue his strong April in Game 1 of a three-game home series against Arizona on Monday night. López pitched 18 scoreless innings before the game.
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