Healy leads Mariners over Rockies

Monday, July 9, 2018


Seattle Mariners’ Ryon Healy heads to first base after hitting a two-run double against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday in Seattle.

SEATTLE (AP) — Ryon Healy came to the plate in the first inning mired in an 0-for-13 slump. The Seattle Mariners had the bases loaded and two outs, and Healy broke through in a big way.

Healy doubled to drive in two runs, and followed it up with an even bigger threerun homer in the seventh to tie his career high with five RBIs and lead the Mariners to a 6-4 win against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

"It was a big situation there in the first, bases loaded with two outs. It felt great," Healy said. "It felt like a monkey was lifted off my back, just helping the team there."

Healy's homer was his 18th of the season and helped the Mariners bounce back after dropping the first two games of the series.

Wade LeBlanc (5-0) picked up the win despite giving up four runs and allowing three homers to the Rockies in six innings. The three homers allowed were the most by LeBlanc in an appearance this season.

Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez and Trevor Story hit the homers for the Rockies, who snapped a five-game winning streak.

"All three cases were good hitters," LeBlanc said. "A couple mistakes, and the one to Story I thought was a good pitch."

Edwin Diaz struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth for his major leagueleading 35th save.

Colorado starter Antonio Senzatela (3-2) allowed all six runs and five hits, walking three with two strikeouts.

"I just wanted to be able to give the team a chance to win. I just needed to settle down. In the sixth, I had one bad pitch and it cost us."

Senzatela was making his second start of the season after opening the year in the bullpen and a stint in Triple-A Albuquerque. He pitched seven scoreless innings in his previous outing on July 3.

Blackmon gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with his 17th home run. The Mariners answered in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases for Kyle Seager's sacrifice fly and again for Healy's double.

Gonzalez led off the fifth inning with his eighth homer for Colorado, and Story gave the Rockies a 4-3 lead in the top of the sixth with a tworun shot, his 17th.

In the bottom of the inning, Nelson Cruz walked and Kyle Seager singled. One out later, Healey homered to left field.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jake Odorizzi pitched six scoreless innings and Mitch Garver, Eduardo Escobar and Brian Dozier homered as Minnesota completed a four-game sweep of Baltimore.

Odorizzi (4-6) turned in his third consecutive strong outing, allowing just five hits and a walk while striking out five. In his last three starts, he's allowed only two earned runs over 17 innings.

Baltimore's Chris Davis homered off reliever Matt Magill with two outs in the ninth to break up the shutout.

Orioles starter Alex Cobb (2-11), Odorizzi's former teammate in Tampa Bay, kept the Twins at bay for the first four innings but still ended up taking the loss. That ties him with Kansas City's Jason Hammel for the most in the major leagues.