julius rodriguez Had a career-high five hits with five RBI, including a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning and an error. seattle mariners escaped from Kansas City Royals with 6-4 win on Thursday.
Rodriguez had three singles and a triple for his home runs while joining Alex Rodriguez, Mike Cameron and Rupert Jones in select company.
A five-hit performance on Thursday was followed by Rodriguez’s four-hit night on Wednesday, giving him nine hits over the past two days. It is the first time that a player has recorded so many hits in a span of two games this season. In addition, Rodríguez (who is 22 and 231 days old) is the youngest player since 1936 to record that many hits in a two-game span.
The homer was the 20th of the season for Rodriguez, who had already stolen 30 bases, making the 22-year-old phenom just the fourth Mariners player in the 20-30 club. He is the second player in MLB history to have 20 homers and 30 stolen bases in each of his first two seasons, joining Royals shortstops. Bobby Witt Jr.
Thursday’s performance exacerbated the recent tear that Rodriguez has sustained since early August. Before Thursday, he was hitting .328 with a .908 OPS to go along with two homers and 16 RBI in his first 14 games of the month.
Rodriguez’s gain in August is in line with the Mariners’ recent decline. Seattle won for the 11th time in 14 games on Thursday, leaving it just a half game behind. toronto for the final wild-card spot in the American League.
Of course, Rodriguez got some help along the way. Cal Raleigh A homer was added in the ninth inning to give some relief to Seattle’s bullpen. Isaiah Campbell (3–0) clinched the win in the seventh inning for the Mariners. Trent Thornton eighth and tossed matt brash Made his fourth save in the ninth inning.
carlos hernandez (1-8) took the loss when Rodriguez threw the first pitch over the left field bullpen.
Nelson Velazquez homered for the fourth time in seven games for Kansas City, and MJ Melendez, Michael Massey And Freddy Fermin Also scored runs for the Royals in a fitting end to a disappointing four-match series.
On Thursday, one player from each team was ejected from the plate. The other was clipped on the base paths, one was fouled off first base and Seattle called out on a runner after he inexplicably started to walk back to the dugout when an outfielder dropped his fly ball.
angel jerpa Somehow kept the Royals in the game through the first four innings, each stranding runners but giving up only one run. And it was still 1–0 when Velazquez homered deep in the fourth inning to tie the game.
The Mariners retreated in the sixth max castillo The first two batters were walked and Rodriguez scoreless a liner to left. The ball went past Melendez, who misjudged the angle of its approach, and hit the outfield wall. cad marlow scored easily but dominic song Already got out trying to score.
It was not a first base running mistake.
Michael Garcia Witt’s double in the bottom of the inning was put out at the plate, though the Royals continued to attack. Massey tied the game with a single, Velazquez added a single and Melendez a double before Fermin added a sacrifice fly – the inning ended when Melendez was thrown out at third base.
However, the biggest mistake occurred in the base running in the seventh.
dylan moore Hit a fly ball that Melendez ran in and proceeded to catch. Moore thought he had made it cleanly and, after touching first base, turned around and headed toward the Seattle dugout. But the ball actually went out of Melendez’s glove, and he threw cautiously to first base, where the umpires ruled that Moore had fouled himself.
Luckily, Rodriguez was there to save the Mariners with his no-doubt shot the very next inning.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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