Seattle-It wasn't rainy in the Pacific Northwest yesterday, but the Seattle Mariners found a way to rain on the New York Mets' parade. The Mets had lost two in a row heading into last night's contest with the Mariners, and they were looking to get back on track in Jonathon Niese's return from the disabled list. That did not happen, as the Mariners (53-46) roughed up Niese and beat the Mets (46-53) 5-2.
The Mariners got on the board first when Kyle Seager drove home Willie Bloomquist in the bottom of the first to give Seattle a 1-0 lead. The Mets answered back in the top of the third when an RBI single from David Wright tied the game at one. The Mariners responded with two runs in the third, starting with a solo home run from catcher Mike Zunino to give the home team a 2-1 lead. Another RBI single from Seager pushed the lead out to 3-1, and a ground rule double by Willie Bloomquist in the fourth plated another run to push the Seattle lead to 4-1.
That would be all the damage against Niese (L, 5-5), who struggled in his return from the DL. Niese lasted six innings but gave up four runs on 11 hits while walking two and striking out six. The outing would go down as Niese's worst of the season, and it would be one the Mets couldn't recover from due to the strong outing from Mariners' lefty Roenis Elias. Elias (W, 8-8) cruised through 5.1 innings of work, allowing only one run on five hits while walking two and striking out eight. Elias could have gone deeper in the game if not for a left forearm cramp that led Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon to pull him for precautionary reasons.
The Mets couldn't scratch anything out against the tough Seattle bullpen, and the Mariners picked up an insurance run in the eighth on an RBI double from Dustin Ackley to make it 5-1. The Mets picked up an unearned run in the ninth against Mariners' reliever Danny Farquhar, but that would be all the offense they could muster on the night.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Mariners' shortstop Willie Bloomquist. Bloomquist went 3 for 5 with two runs scored and an RBI to set the table for the Mariners' offense.
Post Game Notes:
- The four earned runs saw Niese's run of 21 consecutive starts allowing three earned runs or fewer come to an end.
- On the 10th anniversary of his major league debut, David Wright went 2 for 5 at the plate and drove in one of the two Met runs.
- Travis d'Arnaud had another good day at the plate, going 2 for 4. d'Arnaud was also robbed of a home run in the sixth inning on an outstanding play from Ackley in left field.
- Mets' outfielder Chris Young left the game in the eighth inning after having cramping in his left calf. He was replaced by Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
The Mets will look to snap their three game losing streak as they continue their series with the Mariners tonight. Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.18 ERA) will be on the mound for the Mets, while the Mariners will turn to rookie right hander Erasmo Ramirez (1-4, 4.58 ERA). First pitch at Safeco Field is scheduled for 10:10 pm.
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