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Varsho homers, has Four RBIs to assist Diamondbacks beat Mariners

Daulton Varsho homered and drove in 4 runs and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat Seattle 7-Three on Saturday night time to snap a six-game dropping streak and deal a blow to the Mariners’ wild-card hopes.

Varsho’s two-run homer completed off a four-run fourth inning in opposition to starter Chris Flexen (11-6). Varsho added a two-run double within the sixth off Justus Sheffield, ending Three for Four whereas batting ninth.

Arizona had misplaced 11 of 12 coming into the sport and snapped Seattle’s two-game successful streak. The Mariners had an opportunity to maneuver into the second of two AL wild-card spots when the day began, however misplaced floor to Toronto and New York.


Varsho mentioned the Mariners’ postseason hopes supplied the Diamondbacks with a little bit extra motivation after being swept final week by Seattle and falling 5-Four on Friday night time.

“I feel quite a lot of groups we play right here on the finish are within the playoff hunt,” Varsho mentioned. “Understanding that, we’re all attempting to spoil their celebration. … It’s nothing private, but it surely’s simply form of the best way that this sport works.”

Varsho, a catcher who additionally performs the outfield, displayed his versatility within the sport, monitoring down Jake Bauers’ fourth inning fly ball with an athletic seize simply after his homer.

“He appears to essentially be on the baseball, impacting the baseball, and doing it at actually crucial instances and that’s what we ask our gamers to do, to be at their aggressive greatest when it’s wanted most,” Diamondbacks supervisor Torey Lovullo mentioned. “He made a terrific play in proper discipline, He simply was everywhere in the diamond, and that’s what he’s able to.”

Humberto Castellanos (2-1) gave up a two-run residence run to Mitch Haniger – his 300th – two batters into the sport.

“He was possibly a little bit nervous, (coping with) a little bit adrenaline rush early on,” Lovullo mentioned.

However Castellanos settled down in his first street begin and retired 10 straight at one level earlier than permitting a solo homer to Jarred Kelenic in fourth. He struck out 4 and scattered 4 hits over 5 1/Three innings.

Pavin Smith and Seth Beer every had an RBI within the decisive fourth inning and David Peralta additionally drove in a run. Relievers Joe Mantiply, Sean Poppen, Noe Ramirez and J.B. Wendelken pitched Three 2/Three scoreless innings, holding the Mariners to 2 hits whereas placing out 4.

“Sadly, these video games occur,” Mariners supervisor Scott Servais mentioned. “I do know we need to win each sport right here down the stretch, however realistically that’s robust to do. It is in all probability not going to occur. We’ve bought to return again at it tomorrow, bought to win the collection, we’ll want a great effort by everybody tomorrow.”


After Flexen buzzed a fastball over rookie Seth Beer’s head to start out the second inning, Lovullo known as the umpires over for a convention concerning the pitch.

“Look, any time a ball travels up close to any individual’s head, I don’t prefer it, interval,” Lovullo mentioned. “I don’t assume there’s a spot on this sport for a baseball up round any individual’s neck-chin-head.”

Flexen’s first pitch of the inning simply missed Beer’s head and bounced off his bat an evening after the rookie opened his profession with a house run. Lovullo felt the pitch was no accident.

“I do know that this pitcher has a 3% stroll price in opposition to left-handed batters, so we are able to all draw our conclusions from that,” he mentioned.


Diamondbacks: RF Cole Calhoun (left hamstring) participated in 5 reside at-bats and began his baserunning program on Saturday. Calhoun has been out since Aug. 11 when he injured his hamstring. He had surgical procedure on the identical one in April. … RHP Merrill Kelly (COVID-19) will throw 25 pitches in a bullpen session Monday and might be evaluated for a return. … RHP Tyler Clippard (COVID-19) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session and is “feeling higher and higher,” supervisor Lovullo mentioned. “The signs he felt have decreased considerably.”

Mariners: OF Jake Fraley (proper shoulder irritation) appeared Saturday night time because the designated hitter for Triple-A Tacoma in a rehab task. If all goes properly, he’ll in all probability seem within the discipline on Sunday, Servais mentioned.


Diamondbacks: LHP Tyler Gilbert (1-2, 3.12) makes his sixth profession begin and second in opposition to the Mariners within the collection finale. He earned a top quality begin in opposition to Seattle on Sept. 5, giving up three earned runs in seven innings.

Mariners: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (7-8, 4.32) tries to cease a two-game dropping streak in his first profession begin in opposition to the Diamondbacks.


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