Mitch Haniger (17) of the Seattle Mariners jumps at the plate when he hit a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the 13th inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 1, 2018 in Seattle. The Mariners won 4-3 in 13 innings. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
by Associated Press June 2 at 3:29 a.m.
SEATTLE – Mitch Haniger swung through the fences with the 3-1 count, but to no avail.
He went down 3-2 and still hit a long home run to a more impressive point at Safeco Field.
Haniger hit an impressive homer off the field at the start of the 13th inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the homer. Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Friday night to improve to 6-0 in extra innings.
Haniger's drive went out to right center field, culminating a game that lasted 4 hours, 16 minutes. Haniger jumped to a crowd of teammates on the home plate and was sprayed with a bucket of blue Gatorade.
"I was trying to crush the 3-1 (throw)," Haniger said. "It's like my turn at bat, and 3-2 becomes the team's at-bat and it tries to get to the base and start something."
The homer was his 12th this season and his eighth game- RBI winner. He also drew three walks.
"I can not believe he hit that ball in that part of the stadium," said Mariners manager Scott Servais. "It's very difficult to drive a ball in the opposite direction once it's late and the temperatures get cold." Mitch stays inside himself, "I do not think he was thinking about the home run, but he did fit in at the optimum point."
Roenis Elias (1-0), who was called from Triple-A Tacoma that same day, won with two scoreless innings.
Matt Andriese (1-3) was the last of seven Tampa Bay pitchers. He threw a 12th inning without allowing any scoring before giving up the shot that ended the Haniger game.
"We fought hard to recover, which is great," Andriese said of the Rays returning from a 3-0 deficit. "Unfortunately, we lost the game, it's hard to lose so late in the game."
Seattle closer Edwin Diaz left the tie in the ninth inning, his third save this season 22 times. Matt Duffy singled against Joey Wendle after Wendle walked, stole second place and reached third place in a wild pitch.
"We fell short tonight," said Rays manager Kevin Cash. "But when you do it closing, and (Diaz) is really really hard, he says a lot about the guys."
The Mariners had a solid performance from starter Mike Leake, who allowed two runs in seven innings with eight strikeouts in high season. Leake allowed six hits and no pbad. He has allowed three runs or less in five of his last six starts.
Seattle reliever Alex Colome, who was traded from the Rays to the Mariners on May 25, pitched a scoreless eighth inning on his first outing against his former team.
"Everyone is falling apart at the moment," Servais said. "That's the fun of that." Our boys kept holding there. They know we're on the right side (in extra tickets) because they believe. And we had the right man on the plate at the end. "
Veteran reliever Sergio Romo made his fifth start for the Rays as part of his experiment to open games with the bullpen Romo faced five batters in 1 1/3 innings before leaving after walking with Haniger, Romo has not thrown more than 1 1/3 innings in any of his starts by allowing four runs in 4 2/3 innings.
The Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the third when Nelson Cruz singled to the right to score Jean Segura in second, Segura reached the base in a single in the box with Austin Pruitt before Kyle Seager won the change and hit a single to the left.
Seattle took a 3-0 lead in the fourth, Ryon Healy's single scored Ben Gamel, who started the inning with a triple, after Guillermo Heredia doubled, Healy scored from third base by David Freitas. good defensive entry for Tampa Bay center fielder Mallex Smith, who dived trying to catch two line runs in the gap but let both balls roll to the wall.
Leake pitched four innings without allowing runs and had two outs in the field. fifth before giving consecutive homers to Carlos Gomez and Johnny Field, making it 3-2.
Mariners: C Mike Zunino was not in the starting lineup on Friday, a ring was pressed against him on Thursday night, but Zunino said he was fine and would not need any additional free time. Pinched and remained in the game, going 1 for 2.
MARINERS BULLPEN MOVE
The Mariners appointed for LHP badignment Marc Rzepczynski, 32, who was fighting this season.
Seattle RHP Marco Gonzales (5-3) makes his 12th start of the season when he faces Tampa Bay's Chris Archer (3-3) on Saturday. Gonzales (3.60 ERA) did not allow a clean run in his previous three starts, a span of 19.1 innings. Archer threw six innings of a 1-0 win over Oakland in 13 innings last time.
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