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Pirates hit 5 HRs, back Locke in 9-4 win over M's

Posted: June 25, 2013 - 11:11pm
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Joe Saunders, center, hands the baseball to manager Eric Wedge while being relieved in the second inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)  Elaine Thompson
Elaine Thompson
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Joe Saunders, center, hands the baseball to manager Eric Wedge while being relieved in the second inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE (AP) — Starling Marte hit two of Pittsburgh’s five home runs and Jeff Locke pitched seven sharp innings to lead the Pirates past the Seattle Mariners 9-4 on Tuesday night.

Marte opened the game with a triple and hit solo shots in the second and eighth for the first multihomer game of his career. Locke (7-1) limited Seattle to two runs and four hits, leaving him tied for second in the National League with a 2.06 ERA.

Brandon Inge had a three-run shot in the second inning, his first home run since Aug. 1 with Oakland against Tampa Bay. Russell Martin and Gaby Sanchez also went deep for the Pirates in their first five-homer game since July 22, 2009, against Milwaukee.

It was the second time this season the Mariners have allowed five long balls. Houston connected five times on April 9.

Kyle Seager hit his 10th home run in the sixth for the Mariners. It was the sixth that Locke has allowed this season, first by a left-handed hitter.

Justin Smoak added a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth off Bryan Morris.

Marte rattled his first-inning triple into the right-field corner and scored on Jordy Mercer’s groundout.

That was as much damage as Mariners lefty Joe Saunders (5-8) allowed in his previous start Wednesday at the Los Angeles Angels, when he gave up his only run on a wild pitch in a complete-game, 1-0 loss.

Saunders couldn’t complete two innings this time as the Pirates chased him with five runs in the second.

Martin opened the inning with his home run to center, his eighth. With one out, Tony Sanchez singled and Neil Walker walked. Inge, with two hits in his previous 32 at-bats, connected for a three-run shot to left on a 2-2 pitch.

One pitch later Marte homered to right-center.

After Andrew McCutchen’s two-out double, Blake Beavan replaced Saunders, who is 10-3 in 17 starts at Safeco Field. His ERA at the park rose from 2.31 to 2.80.

The Mariners scored a run in the second on Carlos Triunfel’s two-out single to center, driving in Raul Ibanez from second.

Seager opened the sixth with his home run to right on a 2-1 pitch from Locke.

Marte hit his eighth homer with two outs in the eighth on the first pitch from Carter Capps. Sanchez hit his seventh in the ninth off Capps.

NOTES: The last time Saunders worked just 1 2-3 innings was Aug. 7, 2009, with the Angels against the Rangers. His career low is two-thirds of an inning on Sept. 30, 2006, with the Angels against the A’s. ... The Pirates have had eight scheduled days off this season, including one Monday. They are 8-0 in the first game after an off day. ... Before the game, the Mariners placed CF Franklin Gutierrez on the 15-day disabled list (strained right hamstring) and recalled OF-2B Dustin Ackley from Triple-A Tacoma.

NATIONALS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 5

WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam LaRoche hit a three-run homer and Gio Gonzalez won for the first time since May 5 as the Washington Nationals defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5 Tuesday night.

Jayson Werth added a double, RBI-single and two walks for Washington, which led 6-0 after five innings and snapped a two-game skid.

Gonzalez (4-3) went 6 1-3 innings, giving up two runs and nine hits. He struck out four and walked one. Rafael Soriano allowed an RBI single to Miguel Montero in the ninth, but earned his 20th save.

Martin Prado homered and Paul Goldschmidt had three hits for Arizona. Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill, playing his first game since going on the disabled list April 14 with a broken left hand, went 2 for 4 with a double, single and walk.

Washington matched its season high for runs in an inning with the five-run third off starter Trevor Cahill (3-9).

BREWERS 9, CUBS 3

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Rickie Weeks homered twice and drove in four runs as Milwaukee beat the Chicago Cubs.

Jonathan Lucroy added a two-run double, and Juan Francisco also homered for Milwaukee, which has defeated Chicago 19 of the last 21 times at home, including nine in a row.

Kyle Lohse (3-6) gave up eight hits and three earned runs in seven innings. He struck out three and didn’t walk a batter.

Chicago’s Edwin Jackson (3-10) allowed six earned runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings to fall to 0-3 against Milwaukee this season.

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, mired in a 13-for-98 (.133) slump, had his streak of 269 consecutive games played end. It was the longest active run in the National League.

MARLINS 4, TWINS 2

MIAMI (AP) — Marcell Ozuna drove in two runs and Derek Dietrich homered to help Miami top Minnesota.

A.J. Ramos (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings in relief, and Steve Cishek worked the ninth for his 13th save for the Marlins, who have won four of five.

Miami starter Jose Fernandez allowed one run and four hits in five innings. The 20-year old Fernandez struck out three and walked three. He is 2-1 with a 1.67 ERA in five June starts.

Kevin Correia (6-5) held the Marlins scoreless through five innings before running into trouble in the sixth.

PHILLIES 6, PADRES 2

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Domonic Brown hit his 20th home run and tied a career high with four RBIs as Philadelphia beat San Diego.

Kyle Kendrick (7-4) went eight innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and no walks to earn the victory.

Jason Marquis (9-3), who had won eight straight decisions over 11 starts, went 4 1-3 innings, giving up six runs on six hits, walking five and striking out four to take the loss.

He allowed back-to-back walks on eight pitches to Ryan Howard and Brown in the fifth inning, which led to Marquis’ exit from the game and contributed to three more runs by the Phillies, who took their 6-2 lead.

DODGERS 6, GIANTS 5

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kemp made a marvelous catch for the final out in his first game back from the disabled list to preserve the Los Angeles Dodgers’ victory over slumping San Francisco.

Mark Ellis and Hanley Ramirez each hit a two-run homer for the Dodgers, and rookie Stephen Fife pitched effectively into the seventh inning. Los Angeles handed the defending World Series champions their third loss in a row and eighth in 11 games, dropping them under .500 for the first time since losing to the Dodgers on opening day.

It is the latest the Giants had a losing record since 2008, when they finished 72-90 in Bruce Bochy’s second year as manager.

Fife (2-2) allowed three runs and four hits, including solo homers by Brandon Belt and Buster Posey. He struck out three and walked two in his 11th major league start. It was only the second time he gave up more than two runs.

Mike Kickham (0-2) yielded six runs — five earned — and eight hits over 5 1-3 innings in his second big league start.

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