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This weekend, the Cardinals and Mariners played a three-game series at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. The series featured a pair of one-run wins for the M’s and a slugfest of a victory for the Cardinals.
Game One: Mariners 4, Cardinals 3 — WP: Donn Roach (1-0) LP: Trevor Rosenthal (2-3)
The Cardinals came back from a 1-0 deficit to take a 3-1 lead after a three-run eighth inning, but their plans of a victory were drowned out by an offset Trevor Rosenthal and slugger Adam Lind, as the Mariners took Friday’s game by a 4-3 score.
It was a pitcher’s duel through six innings between Carlos Martinez and Wade LeBlanc. LeBlanc was making his first major-league start since September of 2014, and Martinez was riding a fine month of June. LeBlanc held the Cardinals to three hits in his six innings, only one for extra bases; Martinez lasted an inning longer, but he had surrendered an RBI groundout to Dae-Ho Lee.
With the M’s up 1-0 in the eighth, Joaquin Benoit took the mound. With the bases loaded and one out, Aledmys Diaz drew a walk to force in the game’s tying run. After that walk, Benoit’s third of the inning, Donn Roach entered the game. A fielding error by third baseman Kyle Seager allowed Matt Holliday to reach base and two runners to score, giving the Cardinals a 3-1 lead, though the Cardinals did not record a base hit.
Closer Trevor Rosenthal took the hill in the bottom of the ninth with a two-run lead. Seager led off the frame with a double to left, and Lee followed by drawing a walk. Lind stepped in the box next and hammered Rosenthal’s 1-1 delivery to right field for his thirteenth home run of the season, a three-run, walk-off homer.
-Following his third blown save of the season on Friday night, the Cardinals relieved Trevor Rosenthal of his duties as the team’s closer. Rosenthal has a 5.63 earned run average in 24 innings of work out of the bullpen for the Cardinals this season. The role is expected to be fulfilled by Jonathan Broxton, Seung Hwan Oh, and Kevin Siegrist.
Game Two: Mariners 5, Cardinals 4 — WP: Nathan Karns (6-2) LP: Mike Leake SV: Steve Cishek (17)
A shaky start for Mike Leake was followed by a very effective outing from Tyler Lyons, but the Cardinals failed to overcome the damage the Mariners did in the early going and dropped Saturday’s game, 5-4.
The Mariners had five runs up against Leake through two innings, including one that scored as a result of a fielding error by Jhonny Peralta and two on a Dan-Ho Lee single.
Matt Holliday plated a run in the third to put the Cardinals on the board, the last run scored until the fifth inning, when Aledmys Diaz teed off on Mariners starter Nathan Karns a three-run homer to pull St. Louis within one run of a tied game.
Lyons entered with one out in the fourth inning and pitched the rest of the game for the Cardinals, whiffing four and allowing a total of three base runners through 4.2 innings.
Former Cardinal Steve Cishek pitched the top of the ninth and allowed a double to Matt Carpenter, but the hit was to no avail for the Cardinals, who failed to make any more magic.
-After being scratched from Friday’s game with lower back tightness, Matt Adams did not appear in Saturday’s game for the Cardinals.
Game Three: Cardinals 11, Mariners 6 — WP: Kevin Siegrist (5-2) LP: Nick Vincent (2-3)
Starter Jaime Garcia seemed a bit offset in his outing, but he was bailed out by his teammates and the long ball, as the Cardinals bashed their way to a win on Sunday to avoid the three-game sweep.
The Mariners put three on the board through three innings and carried a 3-1 lead to the fifth inning, where the Cardinals began to go on a tear. St. Louis plated four in the inning against Jared Paxton, RBIs coming from Matt Holliday, Stephen Piscotty, and Brandon Moss. Matt Carpenter homered in the fifth to give the Cardinals a 6-3 lead.
With Garcia nearing the end of his rope, Franklin Gutierrez hammered a three-run homer to tie the game in the sixth. Garcia finished the inning, but it was his last.
Jedd Gyorko and Tommy Pham hit back-to-back homers off Nick Vincent in the seventh, and Holliday homered off Edwin Diaz in the eighth. In the ninth, Pham and Carpenter hit their second home runs of the day to give the Cardinals a comfortable, 11-6 advantage, one their bullpen could hang to.
Cardinals: The Cardinals have four games coming up with the Royals this week, and the first two will be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
Mariners: After an off day on Monday, the M’s will play a brief, two-game series with the Pirates in Pittsburgh.