Tom Murphy hit two home runs and Marco Gonzales won his seventh consecutive decision as the Seattle Mariners defeated the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 Friday night.
J.P. Crawford also homered for Seattle (77-64), which moved within one game of the New York Yankees in the chase for the American League’s second and final wild-card playoff berth.
Gonzales (8-5) allowed three runs, all unearned, over six innings. The left-hander gave up four hits, walked one and struck out three.
Henry Ramos and pinch hitter Seth Beer both hit their first major league home runs for the Diamondbacks (45-96), who have lost 11 of their past 12 games, including the past six in a row. Arizona was swept by Seattle in a three-game series last weekend in Phoenix.
Beer, in his first plate appearance during his major league debut, hit an eighth-inning shot off right-hander Diego Castillo to pull the Diamondbacks within a run.
Mariners right-hander Drew Steckenrider struck out the side in the ninth for his eighth save of the season.
Seattle broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth inning. Dylan Moore led off with a single and stole second base. With two outs, Ty France grounded a run-scoring single to center field to make it 4-3.
Murphy hit his second homer of the night and 11th of the season, a solo shot, with two outs in the sixth to double the lead.
Crawford gave the Mariners an early edge with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first off left-hander Madison Bumgarner (7-10).
The Diamondbacks scored twice in the second to take the lead. With two outs, Josh Rojas reached when first baseman France dropped a throw. Ramos then went deep to left.
The Mariners regained the lead in the bottom of the inning as Luis Torrens doubled with one out and Murphy followed with a two-run shot to left to make it 3-2.
The Diamondbacks tied it at 3-3 in the third. Ketel Marte walked with one out, advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt by Gonzales and scored on Carson Kelly’s sacrifice fly to center.
Bumgarner, who lost his third consecutive decision, went six innings and allowed five runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out six.
–Field Level Media
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