Mariners snap 5-game skid with 3-2 victory over Padres

SEATTLE (AP) The rookie season for Seattle's Yusei Kikuchi and the transition from pitching in Japan to pitching in the majors has proved to be a challenge.

At times Kikuchi has looked dominant. At times he's looked overwhelmed. But throughout the season, Kikuchi has worked at making the adjustments needed to eventually be successful.

Kikuchi threw five strong innings, Mallex Smith doubled leading off the eighth and scored when Daniel Vogelbach beat out a potential inning-ending double play, and the Mariners snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday.

''I thought Yusei was outstanding today in the fact he went into the game trying to make an adjustment with his mechanics and he did,'' Seattle manager Scott Servais said. ''And he got some results. The ball had life on it today. That was the difference.''

Kikuchi lasted only five, but the start as a whole will be viewed as an improvement. Kikuchi struck out eight, his most since striking out a season-high 10 in early May against Cleveland. Instead of watching his start devolve after Fernando Tatis Jr. homered leading off the game, the left-hander scattered just three more hits.

Kikuchi's final inning may have been his best. After giving up a leadoff single to Tatis, Kikuchi struck out Wil Myers for the third time, threw a fastball past Manny Machado for strike three and got Eric Hosmer looking to end his outing.

Much of the success was due to an adjustment Kikuchi made after watching video of his last start. His arm motion was getting too long, throwing off the timing of his delivery and keeping his pitches from having the late movement needed.

''My rhythm and timing was off from where I was trying to throw. I tried to make sure everything was set first and then go home with it,'' Kikuchi said through an interpreter.

Seattle had just one victory in the previous six starts by Kikuchi, but speed was the deciding factor in the eighth.

Smith led off the inning with a sinking liner that Myers couldn't control on a diving attempt. Smith advanced to second when the ball slipped from Myers' hand on the throw and was credited with a double. Myers also missed a diving attempt on a liner from Tom Murphy in the second inning that went for a triple and led to Seattle's first run.

''I think he has the capacity to make those plays, but just didn't come up with them today,'' San Diego manager Andy Green said. ''They were plays that hurt us in the end, but he's giving everything he's got to try and make that play.''

J.P. Crawford bunted and catcher Austin Hedges appeared to throw out Smith at third base, only to have the call overturned on replay to put runners at the corners with no outs. Andres Munoz (0-1) struck out Domingo Santana before Vogelbach hit a slow chopper to Tatis. The shortstop had no play at home plate to get Smith and instead tried to turn a double play. Vogelbach shuffled down the line and beat the relay throw, allowing the go-ahead run to score.

Anthony Bass pitched the ninth for his second save and capped four solid innings from Seattle's bullpen. Matt Magill (3-0) pitched the eighth to get the win.

San Diego starter Joey Lucchesi allowed two runs and five hits pitching into the sixth.

LAUNCH ANGLE

Tatis hit his 21st homer of the season leading off the game, a shot into the second deck of left field.

Kyle Seager hit a solo home run that gave Seattle a 2-1 lead. The lead held until the sixth when Francisco Mejia golfed a solo shot off Seattle reliever Brandon Brennan to draw the Padres even at 2. It was Mejia's fifth long ball of the season.

HANIGER'S RECOVERY

Seattle OF Mitch Haniger continues to ramp up his baseball activity in the hope of going out on a rehab assignment next week when the Mariners go on the road. Haniger estimated he's about 85 percent in his recovery from a ruptured testicle suffered in early June. Haniger said hitting and throwing haven't been a problem, but running at full speed has been his limitation so far. The Mariners are hoping with a few more days of full pregame activity he'll be cleared to start playing and eventually returning to the club.

''It's been good to just get going and start cranking things up,'' Haniger said. ''It's a lot better this time. I think everything is fully healed and now it's just about building up and getting going.''

UP NEXT

Padres: San Diego returns home to open a four-game series with Colorado. Eric Lauer (6-8) will start the opener. Lauer picked up his first win since early June in his last start, allowing two runs in a victory over the Dodgers.

Mariners: After an off day the Mariners open a three-game series against Tampa Bay, with Marco Gonzales (12-9) getting the start in the opener.

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SD52-61
100001000281
SEA48-68
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  • W: M. Magill (3-0)L: A. Munoz (0-1)S: A. Bass (2)
  • HR: SD - F. Mejia (5), F. Tatis (21), SEA - K. Seager (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Tatis SS41211101.325.387.601.9878.0
W. Myers LF40100032.227.318.403.7210.5
M. Machado 3B40000023.272.340.494.834-1.0
E. Hosmer 1B40000041.280.329.446.776-2.0
H. Renfroe RF40100020.235.295.547.8410.0
F. Mejia DH41311011.257.305.408.7137.5
M. Margot CF30000102.245.320.404.7241.0
L. Urias 2B20000101.134.310.194.5041.0
a- G. Garcia PH10100000.277.365.406.7711.0
A. Hedges C30000013.185.248.322.570-0.5
b- J. Naylor PH10000001.240.290.380.6700.0
  • a-singled for Urias in the 9th
  • b-hit into fielder's choice for Hedges in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Smith RF41200010.232.299.345.6445.5
J. Crawford SS30000011.247.333.406.740-0.5
D. Santana DH40000033.264.335.464.799-1.5
D. Vogelbach 1B40010012.225.354.491.8450.5
D. Moore PR-LF00000000.208.311.365.6760.0
T. Murphy C41200021.272.300.519.8194.0
K. Seager 3B31121001.221.294.423.7187.0
A. Nola 2B30100000.303.354.528.8821.0
T. Lopes LF20100100.500.7141.2501.9642.0
R. Court 1B00000000.154.214.231.4450.0
K. Broxton CF30000033.179.241.289.530-1.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - W. Myers (15)
    • HR - F. Tatis (21), F. Mejia (5)
    • RBI - F. Tatis (49), F. Mejia (15)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Machado 2 (2), E. Hosmer, M. Margot, L. Urias, A. Hedges 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Smith (16)
    • 3B - T. Murphy
    • HR - K. Seager (11)
    • SH - J. Crawford (2)
    • RBI - D. Vogelbach (67), K. Seager 2 (28)
    • 2-Out RBI - K. Seager (6)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Vogelbach, T. Murphy, K. Broxton 3 (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Smith (31)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Hosmer)
    • E - F. Tatis (16)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Nola-Crawford-Court)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Lucchesi5.15221814.191.1811.0
    M. Baez1.21000100.001.202.5
    A. Munoz (L, 0-1)1.01110202.530.94-3.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Lucchesi5.1
    M. Baez1.2
    A. Munoz (L, 0-1)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Y. Kikuchi5.04113815.341.4811.0
    B. Brennan (BS, 2)1.01110115.661.371.5
    S. Tuivailala1.01000202.841.583.0
    M. Magill (W, 3-0)1.01000204.671.5310.0
    A. Bass (S, 2)1.01000003.261.029.0
    PITCHERSIP
    Y. Kikuchi5.0
    B. Brennan (BS, 2)1.0
    S. Tuivailala1.0
    M. Magill (W, 3-0)1.0
    A. Bass (S, 2)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lucchesi 102-67, M. Baez 18-13, A. Munoz 18-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lucchesi 5-3, M. Baez 1-2, A. Munoz 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Lucchesi 22, M. Baez 5, A. Munoz 5
    PITCHING
    • WP - Y. Kikuchi (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Kikuchi 94-54, B. Brennan 17-11, S. Tuivailala 20-12, M. Magill 17-12, A. Bass 9-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Kikuchi 3-4, B. Brennan 2-0, S. Tuivailala 1-0, M. Magill 1-0, A. Bass 2-0
    • Batters Faced - Y. Kikuchi 22, B. Brennan 4, S. Tuivailala 4, M. Magill 4, A. Bass 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    100001000281
    SEA48-68
    01010001X370
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Tatis SS41211101.325.387.601.9878.0
    W. Myers LF40100032.227.318.403.7210.5
    M. Machado 3B40000023.272.340.494.834-1.0
    E. Hosmer 1B40000041.280.329.446.776-2.0
    H. Renfroe RF40100020.235.295.547.8410.0
    F. Mejia DH41311011.257.305.408.7137.5
    M. Margot CF30000102.245.320.404.7241.0
    L. Urias 2B20000101.134.310.194.5041.0
    a- G. Garcia PH10100000.277.365.406.7711.0
    A. Hedges C30000013.185.248.322.570-0.5
    b- J. Naylor PH10000001.240.290.380.6700.0
    Total34282231315-----
    HITTERSAB
    F. Tatis SS4
    W. Myers LF4
    M. Machado 3B4
    E. Hosmer 1B4
    H. Renfroe RF4
    F. Mejia DH4
    M. Margot CF3
    L. Urias 2B2
    a- G. Garcia PH1
    A. Hedges C3
    b- J. Naylor PH1
    Total34
    • a-singled for Urias in the 9th
    • b-hit into fielder's choice for Hedges in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Smith RF41200010.232.299.345.6445.5
    J. Crawford SS30000011.247.333.406.740-0.5
    D. Santana DH40000033.264.335.464.799-1.5
    D. Vogelbach 1B40010012.225.354.491.8450.5
    D. Moore PR-LF00000000.208.311.365.6760.0
    T. Murphy C41200021.272.300.519.8194.0
    K. Seager 3B31121001.221.294.423.7187.0
    A. Nola 2B30100000.303.354.528.8821.0
    T. Lopes LF20100100.500.7141.2501.9642.0
    R. Court 1B00000000.154.214.231.4450.0
    K. Broxton CF30000033.179.241.289.530-1.5
    Total30373111111-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Myers (15)
      • HR - F. Tatis (21), F. Mejia (5)
      • RBI - F. Tatis (49), F. Mejia (15)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Machado 2 (2), E. Hosmer, M. Margot, L. Urias, A. Hedges 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Smith (16)
      • 3B - T. Murphy
      • HR - K. Seager (11)
      • SH - J. Crawford (2)
      • RBI - D. Vogelbach (67), K. Seager 2 (28)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Seager (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Vogelbach, T. Murphy, K. Broxton 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Smith (31)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Hosmer)
      • E - F. Tatis (16)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Nola-Crawford-Court)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Lucchesi5.15221814.191.1811.0
      M. Baez1.21000100.001.202.5
      A. Munoz (L, 0-1)1.01110202.530.94-3.0
      Total8.07331111---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Lucchesi5.1
      M. Baez1.2
      A. Munoz (L, 0-1)1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Y. Kikuchi5.04113815.341.4811.0
      B. Brennan (BS, 2)1.01110115.661.371.5
      S. Tuivailala1.01000202.841.583.0
      M. Magill (W, 3-0)1.01000204.671.5310.0
      A. Bass (S, 2)1.01000003.261.029.0
      Total9.08223132---
      PITCHERSIP
      Y. Kikuchi5.0
      B. Brennan (BS, 2)1.0
      S. Tuivailala1.0
      M. Magill (W, 3-0)1.0
      A. Bass (S, 2)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lucchesi 102-67, M. Baez 18-13, A. Munoz 18-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lucchesi 5-3, M. Baez 1-2, A. Munoz 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Lucchesi 22, M. Baez 5, A. Munoz 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - Y. Kikuchi (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Kikuchi 94-54, B. Brennan 17-11, S. Tuivailala 20-12, M. Magill 17-12, A. Bass 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Kikuchi 3-4, B. Brennan 2-0, S. Tuivailala 1-0, M. Magill 1-0, A. Bass 2-0
      • Batters Faced - Y. Kikuchi 22, B. Brennan 4, S. Tuivailala 4, M. Magill 4, A. Bass 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Vogelbach reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Smith scored, Crawford out at second23
      • 6TH INNING
        Mejia homered to right center22
      • 4TH INNING
        Seager homered to right12
      • 2ND INNING
        Seager grounded out to shortstop, Murphy scored11
      • 1ST INNING
        Tatis homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Anthony Bass relieved Matt Magill
        • Ryan Court at first base
        • Greg Garcia hit for Luis Urias
        • G. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Garcia singled to center
        • Josh Naylor hit for Austin Hedges
        • J. Naylor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Naylor reached on fielder's choice to second, Garcia out at second
        • F. Tatis: Tatis grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Naylor out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Matt Magill relieved Sam Tuivailala
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
        • H. Renfroe: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Renfroe struck out looking
        • F. Mejia: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mejia singled to right
        • M. Margot: Margot reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Mejia out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Andres Munoz relieved Michel Baez
        • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Smith doubled to left center
        • J. Crawford: Foul, Crawford hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Smith to third
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • D. Vogelbach: Strike swinging, Vogelbach reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Smith scored, Crawford out at second
        • Dylan Moore ran for Daniel Vogelbach
        • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Sam Tuivailala relieved Brandon Brennan
        • A. Hedges: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hedges struck out swinging
        • F. Tatis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Tatis grounded out to shortstop
        • W. Myers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Myers doubled to shallow right
        • M. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Baez Pitching:
        • A. Nola: Foul, Ball, Nola lined out to third
        • T. Lopes: Strike looking, Lopes grounded out to third
        • K. Broxton: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Broxton struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Brandon Brennan relieved Yusei Kikuchi
        • H. Renfroe: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Renfroe struck out swinging
        • F. Mejia: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mejia homered to right center
        • M. Margot: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Margot grounded out to first
        • L. Urias: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Urias grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lucchesi Pitching:
        • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Vogelbach grounded out to pitcher
        • Michel Baez relieved Joey Lucchesi
        • T. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Murphy reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • K. Seager: Ball, Seager lined into double play first, Murphy out at first
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
        • F. Tatis: Ball, Ball, Tatis singled to right
        • W. Myers: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Myers struck out swinging
        • M. Machado: Ball, Tatis to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hosmer struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lucchesi Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
        • J. Crawford: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Crawford popped out to second
        • D. Santana: Santana flied out to deep right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
        • H. Renfroe: Renfroe singled to deep left
        • F. Mejia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mejia struck out swinging
        • M. Margot: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Margot walked, Renfroe to second
        • L. Urias: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Urias walked, Renfroe to third, Margot to second
        • A. Hedges: Ball, Foul, Hedges popped out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lucchesi Pitching:
        • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Vogelbach grounded out to first
        • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Seager homered to right
        • A. Nola: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Nola reached on an infield single to shortstop, Nola to second on shortstop Tatis throwing error
        • T. Lopes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lopes walked
        • K. Broxton: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Broxton struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
        • A. Hedges: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hedges grounded out to third
        • F. Tatis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Tatis walked
        • W. Myers: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Myers struck out swinging
        • M. Machado: Pickoff attempt, Machado popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lucchesi Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Smith grounded out to second
        • J. Crawford: Foul, Crawford grounded out to catcher
        • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
        • H. Renfroe: Ball, Strike looking, Renfroe grounded out to third
        • F. Mejia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mejia reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • M. Margot: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Margot flied out to shallow center
        • L. Urias: Ball, Urias popped out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Lucchesi Pitching:
        • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Murphy tripled to deep left
        • K. Seager: Seager grounded out to shortstop, Murphy scored
        • A. Nola: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Nola flied out to deep center
        • T. Lopes: Ball, Ball, Lopes singled to left
        • K. Broxton: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Broxton struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
        • F. Tatis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Tatis homered to left
        • W. Myers: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Myers struck out swinging
        • M. Machado: Ball, Foul, Machado grounded out to second
        • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lucchesi Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smith singled to left
        • J. Crawford: Strike looking, Smith stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Crawford struck out looking
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Vogelbach struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)