SEATTLE — A six-hit, eight-run inning was the highlight of an offensive explosion by the Seattle Mariners in a 13-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, wrapping up the seven-game homestand. Seattle took three of four games in the series.
Seattle chased Baltimore starter Gabriel Ynoa in the third inning after Ynoa allowed five of the first six batters to reach base in the frame. Daniel Vogelbach walked to bring in the first run of the inning after a walk to Mallex Smith and singles from J.P. Crawford and Domingo Santana.
Omar Narvaez drove in the second run of the inning on a sacrifice fly. Ynoa would exit the game after walking Kyle Seager, Ynoa’s third free pass of the game, to reload the bases.
The Mariners tacked on six more runs in the inning, sending 13 batters to the plate.
Yusei Kikuchi picked up his fourth win on the season, his first since May 19 at Minnesota. He pitched six innings, giving up three runs on five hits with five walks and three strikeouts.
Kikuchi had thrown more than 50 pitches through the first two innings, but was able to settle down and retire the side in order and face the minimum over the next three innings.
“Kind of a strange day for him. It took him awhile to get going,” manager Scott Servais said. “[He] threw some good changeups today — that was probably the one thing that stood out for me. Obviously our offense helped him out today and it was a nice way to wrap up the homestand.”
Kikuchi said it was easy to adjust early in the game because of the run support he received from his teammates. The large cushion from the offense allowed Kikuchi to throw his changeup more than he has in the past.
“The score really helped me to experiment with it today and throw it more than usual,” Kikuchi said. “After today, I feel like I have the confidence to use it more in tight situations and tight games and that’s what I want to do working forward.”
Servais added the number of walks Kikuchi issued was something that needed to be worked on despite pitching into the sixth inning.
“That’s not ideal. He was able to work through it today, double play balls helped,” Servais said. “Sometimes you go out and try to be too perfect on the edges. It’s hard to survive in the big leagues walking five guys in a game and getting through six innings. He was fortunate today.”
Crawford finished the day 4-for-4 at the plate with a home run and three singles, driving in four runs. It was the first four-hit game of his career.
He said big innings come from being able to put together quality at bats.
“Mallex started us off, he had a good at bat to get a walk and we just got the train rolling,” Crawford said. “Everyone contributed, everyone put together good at bats.”
Crawford has reached base in 24 of 27 games this season.
“My timing has been good,” he said. “I’m not missing my pitches to hit.”