Seager HR, 3 RBIs lift Mariners past Orioles 3-2

BALTIMORE (AP) Nelson Cruz wasn't available, so Kyle Seager assumed the role of big bopper for the Seattle Mariners.

And what a job he did.

Seager homered and hit a pivotal two-run single in the eighth inning to back a fine pitching performance by James Paxton and help Seattle beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 Tuesday night.

Cruz, who leads the team with 20 home runs, was a late scratch with lower back tightness. Seager took over at cleanup and accounted for all the Mariners runs.

''Couple of coaches felt going into the game that Seags was going to be our guy,'' manager Scott Servais said. ''Sometimes guys have to step up. We had the right guy at the right time.''

Though Seager came through in a pinch, he knows his place in the lineup isn't cleanup.

''No, I don't think that's a good idea,'' Seager said. ''I like when Mr. Nelson is in there.''

Paxton (7-2) struck out 10 over seven innings, allowing two runs and six hits. It was the sixth time this season he's reached double figures in strikeouts.

The Mariners came to town with six losses in seven games, and now they've won two in a row to open a four-game series against the team with the worst record in the majors.

''We're supposed to come in here and beat this team,'' Paxton said. ''We're doing a good job so far.''

Alex Colome worked the eighth and Edwin Diaz got three outs for his big league-best 29th save.

Seattle trailed 2-1 before rallying against the weary Baltimore bullpen.

Dee Gordon led off the eighth with a double and Jean Segura got his third hit of the game on a bunt down the third-base line. Orioles reliever Darren O'Day (0-2) hurt himself trying to field the ball and was replaced by Tanner Scott, who walked Mitch Haniger before Seager hit a liner to center.

O'Day's injury was a troublesome hamstring that has been bothering him for weeks and will likely land him on the disabled list.

''Yeah, it's frustrating,'' the right-hander said. ''I was throwing well and helping the team.''

In the fourth inning, Seager hit his 14th home run to offset a second-inning solo shot by Danny Valencia.

It was still 1-1 in the sixth when Baltimore used three straight singles to load the bases for Manny Machado with no outs. The three-time All-Star bounced into a 4-6-3 double-play, breaking into a trot long before he reached first base.

''Usually, when a ball is hit that firmly it's a pretty easy double play,'' manager Buck Showalter said. ''He just took his time and Manny allowed him to take more time than he normally would. It'll be addressed.''

Kevin Gausman gave up one run and five hits in six innings. He left with a 2-1 lead, but the bullpen gave it away, leaving Gausman winless in eight starts since May 11.

THE BARBER OF SEATTLE

Servais may soon be sporting a different look, thanks to a bet he made with Diaz earlier this season. Servais said he would get waves identical to the ones Diaz has shaved into the side of his head if the closer notched 50 saves this season. ''I'm looking forward to the day; others in my family are more concerned,'' Servais said of the potential haircut.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: C Mike Zunino was back in the starting lineup after missing Monday's game with a sore thumb.

Orioles: Showalter said after the game that OF Craig Gentry sustained a rib injury after being hit by a pitch and will be placed on the disabled list. ... RHP Dylan Bundy was placed on the DL with a sprained left ankle. He's expected to be back on July 6. ... RHP Chris Tillman (back) will take his rehabilitation assignment to Triple-A Norfolk after allowing two runs in 3 1/3 innings for Class A Delmarva on Monday.

UP NEXT

Mariners: LHP Wade LeBlanc (3-0, 3.26 ERA) starts on Wednesday night. He is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in four lifetime appearances against Baltimore.

Orioles: Alex Cobb (2-9, 6.56) has gone seven innings in each of his last two starts after yielding nine runs and 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings against Toronto on June 10.

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  • W: J. Paxton (7-2)L: D. O'Day (0-2)S: E. Diaz (29)
  • HR: SEA - K. Seager (14), BAL - D. Valencia (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Gordon 2B41100001.289.309.357.6673.0
J. Segura SS41300000.337.364.479.8433.0
M. Haniger RF30100112.267.351.493.8442.5
K. Seager 3B41231011.225.275.421.6978.5
D. Span DH40000032.255.352.409.761-1.5
R. Healy 1B40000002.249.285.460.7450.0
B. Gamel LF30100110.285.360.389.7491.5
M. Zunino C40000012.190.251.408.659-0.5
G. Heredia CF40100001.238.340.331.6721.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Mancini LF40200010.226.297.373.6701.5
    A. Wynns C00000000.192.192.308.5000.0
    A. Jones CF40100001.289.314.447.7611.0
    M. Machado SS40000012.301.371.552.923-0.5
    D. Valencia RF31211111.287.354.467.8226.5
    J. Peterson PR00000000.202.319.336.6550.0
    M. Trumbo DH40100022.268.326.476.8010.0
    J. Schoop 2B40000012.202.245.357.602-0.5
    C. Davis 1B30000031.147.227.236.463-1.5
    T. Beckham 3B30100000.176.240.264.5042.0
    C. Joseph C21100010.178.202.307.5091.5
    a- C. Rasmus PH-LF10000010.158.238.263.501-0.5
    • a-struck out for Joseph in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Gordon (13), M. Haniger (14)
    • HR - K. Seager (14)
    • RBI - K. Seager 3 (47)
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Beckham (5)
    • HR - D. Valencia (7)
    • RBI - D. Valencia (20)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - J. Segura (6)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - D. Valencia
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - M. Haniger (9)
    • DP - (Gordon-Segura-Healy)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Beckham-Schoop-Davis)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Paxton (W, 7-2)7.062211013.651.1127.0
    A. Colome (H, 9)1.01000104.181.272.5
    E. Diaz (S, 29)1.01000002.630.909.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Paxton (W, 7-2)7.0
    A. Colome (H, 9)1.0
    E. Diaz (S, 29)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Gausman6.05111414.201.3716.0
    M. Givens (H, 11)1.01000103.921.452.5
    D. O'Day (L, 0-2)0.02220003.601.10-9.0
    T. Scott (BS, 2)0.11001106.411.63-1.5
    M. Castro1.20000102.771.343.5
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Gausman6.0
    M. Givens (H, 11)1.0
    D. O'Day (L, 0-2)0.0
    T. Scott (BS, 2)0.1
    M. Castro1.2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 92-67, A. Colome 18-12, E. Diaz 10-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 3-5, E. Diaz 2-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 25, A. Colome 4, E. Diaz 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gausman 100-63, M. Givens 11-9, D. O'Day 6-4, T. Scott 16-10, M. Castro 19-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gausman 6-7, M. Givens 1-1, M. Castro 1-2
    • Batters Faced - K. Gausman 23, M. Givens 4, D. O'Day 2, T. Scott 3, M. Castro 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Gordon 2B41100001.289.309.357.6673.0
    J. Segura SS41300000.337.364.479.8433.0
    M. Haniger RF30100112.267.351.493.8442.5
    K. Seager 3B41231011.225.275.421.6978.5
    D. Span DH40000032.255.352.409.761-1.5
    R. Healy 1B40000002.249.285.460.7450.0
    B. Gamel LF30100110.285.360.389.7491.5
    M. Zunino C40000012.190.251.408.659-0.5
    G. Heredia CF40100001.238.340.331.6721.0
    Total3439312711-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Mancini LF40200010.226.297.373.6701.5
      A. Wynns C00000000.192.192.308.5000.0
      A. Jones CF40100001.289.314.447.7611.0
      M. Machado SS40000012.301.371.552.923-0.5
      D. Valencia RF31211111.287.354.467.8226.5
      J. Peterson PR00000000.202.319.336.6550.0
      M. Trumbo DH40100022.268.326.476.8010.0
      J. Schoop 2B40000012.202.245.357.602-0.5
      C. Davis 1B30000031.147.227.236.463-1.5
      T. Beckham 3B30100000.176.240.264.5042.0
      C. Joseph C21100010.178.202.307.5091.5
      a- C. Rasmus PH-LF10000010.158.238.263.501-0.5
      Total3228111119-----
      • a-struck out for Joseph in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Gordon (13), M. Haniger (14)
      • HR - K. Seager (14)
      • RBI - K. Seager 3 (47)
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Beckham (5)
      • HR - D. Valencia (7)
      • RBI - D. Valencia (20)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Segura (6)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - D. Valencia
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Haniger (9)
      • DP - (Gordon-Segura-Healy)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Beckham-Schoop-Davis)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Paxton (W, 7-2)7.062211013.651.1127.0
      A. Colome (H, 9)1.01000104.181.272.5
      E. Diaz (S, 29)1.01000002.630.909.0
      Total9.08221111---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Paxton (W, 7-2)7.0
      A. Colome (H, 9)1.0
      E. Diaz (S, 29)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gausman6.05111414.201.3716.0
      M. Givens (H, 11)1.01000103.921.452.5
      D. O'Day (L, 0-2)0.02220003.601.10-9.0
      T. Scott (BS, 2)0.11001106.411.63-1.5
      M. Castro1.20000102.771.343.5
      Total9.0933271---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gausman6.0
      M. Givens (H, 11)1.0
      D. O'Day (L, 0-2)0.0
      T. Scott (BS, 2)0.1
      M. Castro1.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 92-67, A. Colome 18-12, E. Diaz 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 3-5, E. Diaz 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 25, A. Colome 4, E. Diaz 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gausman 100-63, M. Givens 11-9, D. O'Day 6-4, T. Scott 16-10, M. Castro 19-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gausman 6-7, M. Givens 1-1, M. Castro 1-2
      • Batters Faced - K. Gausman 23, M. Givens 4, D. O'Day 2, T. Scott 3, M. Castro 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Seager singled to right center, Gordon and Segura scored, Haniger to second32
      • 6TH INNING
        Machado grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Joseph scored, Mancini to third, Jones out at second12
      • 4TH INNING
        Seager homered to right center11
      • 2ND INNING
        Valencia homered to left center01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Austin Wynns catching
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Zunino flied out to right
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Heredia popped out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Edwin Diaz relieved Alex Colome
        • M. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Machado grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Valencia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Valencia singled to center
        • Jace Peterson ran for Danny Valencia
        • M. Trumbo: Pickoff attempt, Trumbo flied out to right
        • J. Schoop: Schoop grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Peterson out at second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Darren O'Day relieved Mychal Givens
        • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gordon doubled to shallow left
        • J. Segura: Segura reached on bunt single to pitcher, Gordon to third
        • Tanner Scott relieved Darren O'Day
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Haniger walked, Segura to second
        • K. Seager: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Seager singled to right center, Gordon and Segura scored, Haniger to second
        • D. Span: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Span struck out looking
        • Miguel Castro relieved Tanner Scott
        • R. Healy: Foul, Healy grounded into double play third to second to first, Seager out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Alex Colome relieved James Paxton
        • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Beckham lined out to shortstop
        • Colby Rasmus hit for Caleb Joseph
        • C. Rasmus: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rasmus struck out swinging
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Mancini singled to right center
        • A. Jones: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Jones lined out to right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Mychal Givens relieved Kevin Gausman
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Healy flied out to deep right
        • B. Gamel: Ball, Gamel singled to center
        • M. Zunino: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Zunino struck out on foul tip
        • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Heredia grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Gamel out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
        • J. Schoop: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • K. Gausman Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
        • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
        • D. Span: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Span struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • C. Joseph: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Joseph singled to right center
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mancini singled to left center, Joseph to second
        • A. Jones: Strike looking, Jones singled to center, Joseph to third, Mancini to second
        • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Machado grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Joseph scored, Mancini to third, Jones out at second
        • D. Valencia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Valencia struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • K. Gausman Pitching:
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Heredia grounded out to third
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Gordon grounded out to second
        • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Segura lined out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • J. Schoop: Schoop popped out to second
        • C. Davis: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Beckham lined out to right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • K. Gausman Pitching:
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Seager homered to right center
        • D. Span: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Span grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Healy flied out to right
        • B. Gamel: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gamel walked
        • M. Zunino: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Zunino flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • M. Machado: Machado grounded out to second
        • D. Valencia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Valencia walked
        • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
        • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Foul, Valencia picked off at second, pitcher to first to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • K. Gausman Pitching:
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Zunino flied out to center
        • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Ball, Heredia singled to left center
        • D. Gordon: Gordon flied out to deep right
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Segura singled to center, Heredia to second
        • M. Haniger: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Haniger flied out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • C. Joseph: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Joseph struck out swinging
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Mancini lined out to left
        • A. Jones: Ball, Ball, Jones flied out to right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • K. Gausman Pitching:
        • D. Span: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Span struck out swinging
        • R. Healy: Ball, Healy grounded out to third
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Gamel grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • D. Valencia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Valencia homered to left center
        • M. Trumbo: Strike swinging, Trumbo singled to left center
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Schoop reached on fielder's choice to second, Trumbo out at second
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • T. Beckham: Beckham doubled to deep right center, Schoop out at home
        • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • K. Gausman Pitching:
        • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Segura singled to left
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Strike looking, Segura caught stealing, catcher to second, Foul, Ball, Haniger doubled to deep right center
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Foul, Seager fouled out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike looking, Mancini struck out looking
        • A. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Jones lined out to right
        • M. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)