06/22 23:58 CDT Shed Long Jr the star again as Mariners top Rockies 2-1
Shed Long Jr the star again as Mariners top Rockies 2-1
By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) --- Shed Long Jr. hit a solo homer with one out in the eighth
inning that lifted Seattle over the Colorado Rockies 2-1 on Tuesday night, the
Mariners' fifth straight victory.
Two days after Long hit a game-ending grand slam in the 10th inning to complete
a four-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays, the lefty came through again with
another late long ball for the Mariners.
Long drove a 1-1 pitch from Colorado's Tyler Kinley (1-2) to straightaway
center field. It was the second straight appearance where Kinley gave up homer
after he blew a save opportunity last Saturday against Milwaukee.
Paul Sewald (4-2) worked the eighth inning for Seattle to get the win, and
Kendall Graveman pitched the ninth for his sixth save and first since May 16.
The Mariners have won eight of nine.
Seattle starter Chris Flexen was on the cusp of another dominant performance
before C.J. Cron's solo homer with two outs in the seventh inning pulled the
Rockies even at 1.
Cron caught up to a 95 mph fastball with two outs in the seventh and drove it
to right-center field for his 10th homer of the season.
The home run snapped Flexen's streak of scoreless innings at 15. But other than
the brief troubles in the seventh, Flexen was outstanding. He struck out six
and didn't allow a hit until Brendan Rodgers' single in the fifth inning.
Flexen has allowed three earned runs or less in four of his past five starts.
Colorado starter Kyle Freeland recovered from three rough starts to post his
best outing of the season. Freeland had allowed 18 earned runs in his past
three outings, including nine home runs, but managed to stymie the Mariners
Freeland scattered five hits and struck out seven. The only run allowed came on
J.P. Crawford's infield hit with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth
inning. But the Mariners missed out on their chance at a big inning on Dylan
Moore's baserunning mistake and became the third out.
Rockies: RHP Jon Gray may return to the rotation this weekend against
Milwaukee, manager Bud Black said. Gray made a rehab start for Triple-A
Albuquerque on Sunday and threw on the side before Tuesday's game. Gray went on
the injured list earlier this month with a flexor strain. ... IF/OF Chris
Owings was reinstated from the 60-day injured list shortly before the start of
Tuesday's game. Owings has been out since early April following thumb surgery.
The Rockies designated RHP Joe Harvey for assignment.
Mariners: 1B Evan White was transferred to the 60-day injured list after having
a setback in his recovery from a hip flexor injury while on a rehab assignment
at Triple-A Tacoma. Manager Scott Servais said White had left Seattle to seek a
second opinion on the injury. White has been out since May 14. Seattle claimed
IF/OF Jake Hager off waivers from Milwaukee to take White's spot on the 40-man
roster. Hager will report to Tacoma. Seattle also recalled IF Donovan Walton
from Tacoma and RHP Yohan Ramirez was optioned.
Rockies: RHP German Mrquez (5-6, 4.26) makes his 16th start. He threw six
shutout innings in his last start against Milwaukee but had to be removed early
because of cramps. He's 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in two career starts vs. Seattle.
Mariners: LHP Justus Sheffield (5-6, 5.65) makes his 13th start of the season.
Sheffield allowed a season-high seven runs over five innings in his last start
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