New York at Seattle

New York
W: R. Elias (8-8) L: J. Niese (5-5)
HR: NYM - None   SEA - M. Zunino (14)

Mariners 5, Mets 2 wire reports

SEATTLE -- Dustin Ackley drifted back to find the wall, jumped and wondered.

Only when the Seattle Mariners' left fielder tumbled to the ground did Ackley know he'd robbed Travis d'Arnaud of a home run.

"I knew I felt something. I didn't know if I felt it hit off my glove or go in the web, but when I came down is when I knew I had it," Ackley said. "I was like, 'Well, something is in there.' "

Ackley had three hits to go along with his outstanding catch, Kyle Seager drove in two runs and Mike Zunino homered into the second deck in the Mariners' 5-2 victory against the New York Mets on Monday night.

After losing two of three to the Angels after the All-Star break, Seattle got a solid start from Roenis Elias and improved to 8-2 all-time against the Mets.

Elias (8-8) threw 5 1/3 innings before leaving with cramping in his left forearm. Seattle's bullpen was stellar the rest of the way, helped by Ackley's grab to steal a home run from d'Arnaud in the sixth.

"How about that catch?" Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. "I think it really goes back to the work he put in in spring training ... and he really, really worked hard to improve his outfield play, and he continues to work hard."

Seager had RBI singles in his first two at-bats and Zunino hit his 14th homer of the season, an estimated 415-foot shot off starter Jonathon Niese (5-5) into the second deck in left field.

Ackley added an RBI double in the eighth.

"I've felt pretty good and the results are there, too," Ackley said. "That helps build the confidence."

Elias took advantage of a long break between starts -- he hadn't pitched since July 9. He looked rested and his improved command led to eight strikeouts and two walks.

Elias had retired five of six batters when he looked down at his hand after throwing a pitch to Lucas Duda leading off the sixth. Elias was immediately visited by trainers and McClendon. The left-hander threw a couple of warmup pitches and stayed in, striking out Duda on a 2-2 pitch.

That was enough for McClendon, who immediately signaled to the bullpen. Elias walked off to a nice ovation, but with a trainer at his side and continuing to try to stretch his hand. Seattle announced Elias left with cramping in his left forearm and McClendon said there was no worry as of now about it being a lingering problem.

"I didn't want to take a chance," McClendon said. "He was outstanding."

Dominic Leone took over and was immediately greeted by a deep drive from d'Arnaud. Ackley found the left-field fence, got just enough elevation to get his glove over the wall and made the catch in the webbing of his glove.

Niese came off the disabled list before the game. He hadn't pitched since leaving in the first inning July 4 against Texas when he was struck in the back by Alex Rios' line drive. The left-hander was placed on the DL two days later with a left shoulder strain.

Niese's streak of 21 straight starts giving up three earned runs or less was snapped when Willie Bloomquist collected his third hit, an RBI double in the fourth inning for a 4-1 Seattle lead.

David Wright had an RBI single on the 10th anniversary of his debut in the majors, but the Mets' only other run came on second baseman Robinson Cano's error in the ninth that allowed Juan Lagares to score.

New York lost its third straight after winning eight of nine.

"You look at every game since the All-Star break and we've been outhomered," manager Terry Collins said. "That was what was getting us going, and you're not going to ask guys to start swinging for the fences, but it helps out when we hit the ball out of the ballpark."


Seattle optioned 1B Justin Smoak to Triple-A Tacoma after the game to clear a roster spot for RHP Erasmo Ramirez to start Tuesday. ... Wright's debut came on July 21, 2004, at Shea Stadium against Montreal. He went 0 for 4 while batting seventh in a 5-4 Mets victory. Wright said the memories of being at Triple-A Norfolk the night before, getting notified of his call-up and arriving at the stadium remain vivid. His teammates treated Wright to dinner on Sunday night when they arrived in Seattle. Wright said the dinner became more of a roast. ... Seattle picked up its 22nd victory vs. left-handed starters, most in baseball. ... Niese last allowed more than three earned runs Sept. 7, 2013, at Cleveland.

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Players of the Game

W. Bloomquist
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
New York

D. Wright
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Daniel Murphy, 2B5010012.288.407.335
David Wright, 3B5021013.280.410.339
Eric Campbell, 1B4000013.327.430.373
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Chris Young, LF3010102.202.352.288
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Ruben Tejada, SS3110113.234.293.355
Jonathon Niese, P0000000.036.071.156
   Josh Edgin, P0000000.000.000.000
   Daisuke Matsuzaka, P0000000.182.182.250
RBI - David Wright (50)
2-OUT RBI - David Wright (12)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Tejada-Murphy-Campbell
New York (N.L.) Mets
Jonathon Niese (L,5-5) 61144261 3.13
Josh Edgin 0.2100000 1.62
Daisuke Matsuzaka 1.1211020 3.61
WP - Jonathon Niese (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 93-63, Josh Edgin 4-3, Daisuke Matsuzaka 26-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 8-1, Josh Edgin 1-1, Daisuke Matsuzaka 1-1
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 28, Josh Edgin 3, Daisuke Matsuzaka 6
Seattle Mariners
Willie Bloomquist, SS5231022.279.349.299
James Jones, CF4010013.284.345.313
Robinson Cano, 2B4010010.334.459.392
Kyle Seager, 3B4022001.280.493.348
Stefen Romero, RF4020003.199.317.240
   Endy Chavez, RF0000000.262.355.289
Justin Smoak, 1B3000100.208.352.279
Corey Hart, DH3110102.213.337.291
   Brad Miller, PR-DH0100000.204.323.272
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Mike Zunino, C4111034.206.415.257
Roenis Elias, P0000000.000.000.000
   Dominic Leone, P0000000.000.000.000
   Charlie Furbush, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brandon Maurer, P0000000.000.000.000
   Danny Farquhar, P0000000.000.000.000
2B - Willie Bloomquist (6, Niese), Robinson Cano (23, Edgin), Corey Hart (7, Matsuzaka), Dustin Ackley (17, Matsuzaka)
HR - Mike Zunino (14, Niese)
RBI - Willie Bloomquist (13), Kyle Seager 2 (66), Dustin Ackley (31), Mike Zunino (36)
2-OUT RBI - Willie Bloomquist (5), Kyle Seager (24)
SB - Willie Bloomquist (1, 2nd base off Niese/d'Arnaud)
CS - Dustin Ackley (3, 2nd base by Niese/d'Arnaud)
Team LOB - 8
E - Robinson Cano (4, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Roenis Elias (W,8-8) 5.1511280 4.41
Dominic Leone (H,6) 0.2200000 2.16
Charlie Furbush (H,12) 0.2000010 3.72
Brandon Maurer (H,1) 1.1100010 5.24
Danny Farquhar 1110020 2.68
WP - Roenis Elias (5), Danny Farquhar (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Roenis Elias 90-57, Dominic Leone 17-10, Charlie Furbush 10-7, Brandon Maurer 21-14, Danny Farquhar 26-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roenis Elias 2-6, Dominic Leone 1-1, Brandon Maurer 1-2, Danny Farquhar 1-1
Batters Faced - Roenis Elias 23, Dominic Leone 4, Charlie Furbush 2, Brandon Maurer 5, Danny Farquhar 5
Game Information
Attendance - 21943
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Marvin Hudson