Philadelphia Phillies’ Jean Segura hits into a force out that allowed Nick Castellanos to score from third during the fifth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners on Monday in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Philadelphia Phillies’ Jean Segura hits into a force out that allowed Nick Castellanos to score from third during the fifth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners on Monday in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Mariners continue to struggle offensively in shutout loss to Phillies

Seattle falls behind early and never comes close in 9-0 loss.

  • By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer
  • Monday, May 9, 2022 10:12pm
  • SportsMariners

By Tin Booth / Associated Press

SEATTLE — Jean Segura and Rhys Hoskins hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning, Ranger Suárez tossed six strong innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Seattle Mariners 9-0 on Monday night.

Segura’s fourth homer of the season was a line drive out to left-center field against the team he played for in 2017 and 2018. Hoskins followed by golfing a shot down the left-field line off starter Chris Flexen for his third long ball.

Nick Castellanos finished with three hits, including two doubles. Castellanos’ RBI double in the fourth was the start of a three-run inning off Flexen.

The Phillies added three more runs off reliever Diego Castillo in the seventh, with Castellanos, Segura and Hoskins all driving in runs. Castillo has allowed nine earned runs in his past three appearances.

The Phillies had dropped five of six before opening their West Coast swing with a victory on their first visit to Seattle since 2017. Philadelphia had a season-high 17 hits.

The Mariners snapped a six-game losing streak with a win over Tampa Bay on Sunday, but the offense remains underwhelming. Seattle has scored three runs or fewer in 10 of its past 13 games.

Rookie Julio Rodríguez was the lone bright spot for Seattle with the second three-hit game of his young career. Aside from Rodríguez, the only other Seattle hit off Suárez was an infield single from Jesse Winker.

Suárez (3-1) struck out a season-high seven in his best performance of the season.

Flexen (1-5) had not allowed more than three earned runs in his first five starts. The six earned runs were the most since last July, when he gave up seven runs to Houston.

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