The Mariners’ Jose Marmolejos (right) celebrates his two-run home run with Evan White during the fifth inning of a game against the Diamondbacks on Sept. 12, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Mariners’ Jose Marmolejos (right) celebrates his two-run home run with Evan White during the fifth inning of a game against the Diamondbacks on Sept. 12, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Mariners beat Diamondbacks to snap 3-game skid

Ty France and Jose Marmolejos homer to back Justus Sheffield’s strong outing in Seattle’s 7-3 victory.

Associated Press

PHOENIX — Ty France and José Marmolejos hit homers, Justus Sheffield pitched seven quality innings and the Seattle Mariners snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-3 on Saturday night.

The Mariners jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning off Arizona starter Zac Gallen, who has been one of the best pitchers in the National League this season. France started the scoring with a solo homer, which was his second in two days. The next three runs came with two outs when Marmolejos hit a run-scoring double and Luis Torrens added a two-run double.

“Nice ballgame all the way around tonight,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “I thought the pitching side, offensively, we did a lot of good things early in the ballgame. Can’t get much better effort than we got out of everyone tonight. Got the results we were looking for, too.”

Sheffield (3-3) avoided trouble for most of the night, giving up two runs on five hits. The one exception was the fourth, when the Diamondbacks loaded the bases with no outs. Wyatt Mathisen hit a one-out, two-run single to pull the D-backs within a 5-2 margin, but Sheffield struck out Carson Kelly and retired Pavin Smith on a ground out to end the threat.

The 24-year-old Sheffield has thrown seven innings in back-to-back starts. He struck out seven and walked three on Saturday.

“I feel like the whole game my fastball was, by far, my best pitch tonight,” Sheffield said. “I was able to locate inside and that was the plan, to jam them.”

Marmolejos hit a two-run homer in the fifth to push the Mariners lead to 7-2. It was the rookie’s fifth homer of the season. France is hitting .379 (11-of-29) since coming to the Mariners in a mid-season trade from the Padres.

“Getting consistent at-bats, getting settled at the plate, it’s made a huge difference,” France said. “To come in and contribute right away feels good.”

Gallen (1-2) set a big-league record last week after giving up three runs or less in the first 23 starts of his career. That streak was broken on Monday when he gave up four runs over five innings against the San Francisco Giants.

The right-hander had more trouble against the Mariners, giving up seven runs on seven hits, including two doubles and two homers. He walked five and struck out six, needing 98 pitches to get through five innings.

“This one was a little uncharacteristic,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said of Gallen’s outing. “He had a few misfires early and had trouble getting started. I think he’s going to get back on the right track.”

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