Eugenio Suarez blasted a three-run homerun in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Seattle Mariners a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at T-Mobile Park on Sunday afternoon.
With the loss, the Pirates are now 26-26 on the season…this after beginning the year at 20-8. Luis Ortiz earned a no-decision today, giving up three runs on five hits with four walks and six strikeouts in five innings. Robert Stephenson suffered the loss (0-3), giving up the game-winning homerun in the 10th inning.
Julio Rodriguez hit a solo homerun in the first inning to give the Mariners an early 1-0 lead. They added to their lead in the fourth inning when Cal Raleigh hit his eighth homerun of the season, a solo shot to right field to make it 2-0.
Pittsburgh got on the board in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Austin Hedges that scored Ji Hwan Bae. Seattle responded in the bottom of the inning with their third run of the game off the bat of Jarred Kelenic. His double scored J.P. Crawford to make it 3-1.
Bryan Reynolds’ triple in the eighth inning scored Andrew McCutchen to cut the lead to a single run at 3-2. Reynolds then scored on a wild pitch when Jack Suwinski was walked, tying the game.
The Pirates had a great chance to take the lead in the tenth inning. But they couldn’t push the winning run across the plate, leaving the bases loaded. In the bottom of the inning, Saurez stepped to the plate with two runners on and hit a three-run game-winning homerun to left field to give the Mariners the 6-3 victory.
This was another series loss for a Pirates’ team that seems incapable of winning a series. After winning on Friday evening and putting themselves in a great position to win this series, they couldn’t find a way to win one of the next two games. Now at the .500 mark, they will need to put together a series victory or two going forward to try to right this ship.
The Bucs will continue their road trip on Monday with the first game of their series against the San Francisco Giants at 5:05pm. Rich Hill will be on the mound for Pittsburgh against Anthony DeSclafani for the Giants.
Record vs. Mariners: 1-2
Record vs. American League: 10-16
Record on the Road: 14-13
Overall Record: 26-26
Let’s Go Bucs!