Mariners right fielder Mallex Smith hits the wall as he misses a deep fly ball off the bat of the Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon for a three-run double during the fifth inning of a game Aug. 8, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Mariners right fielder Mallex Smith hits the wall as he misses a deep fly ball off the bat of the Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon for a three-run double during the fifth inning of a game Aug. 8, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Mariners held to one hit in loss to Rockies

The offense and bullpen continue to struggle as Seattle falls 5-0 for its third straight defeat.

Associated Press

SEATTLE — Charlie Blackmon added three more hits to his major league-leading total and drove in three runs, and four Colorado Rockies pitchers combined to one-hit the Seattle Mariners in a 5-0 win on Saturday night.

Colorado won for the seventh time in eight games to keep rolling atop the NL West and Blackmon wasn’t the only star.

Rockies starter Ryan Castellani, making his major league debut, began with four perfect innings. He was pulled after a hit batter and walk to open the fifth.

Castellani struck out three and threw 60 pitches.

Reliever Jeff Hoffman kept the no-hitter going until J.P. Crawford lined a single to center field with two outs in the sixth inning for the Mariners’ lone hit.

Hoffman (2-0) threw three innings before Yency Almonte pitched a perfect eighth and Phillip Diehl closed out the ninth.

Blackmon doubled twice, the second hitting the top of the wall in right field and barely missing a grand slam. Blackmon settled for a bases-clearing double to give Colorado a 3-0 lead. Blackmon has 25 hits in 14 games and raised his batting average to .446.

Daniel Murphy and Trevor Story also had RBI singles for Colorado.

Castellani relied heavily on his fastball and spotted a good changeup and breaking pitches when needed.

Castellani’s perfect streak ended when he hit Kyle Seager leading off the fifth. Daniel Vogelbach walked and Colorado manager Bud Black didn’t hesitate pulling Castellani. Hoffman got out of the only jam the Rockies faced with a double play and grounder back to the mound.

Seattle’s Nick Margevicius threw 3.1 scoreless innings in his first start since sliding into the Mariners rotation. Margevicius was pulled after 61 pitches giving way to Seattle’s shaky bullpen.

Anthony Misiewicz (0-1) gave up two runs in one inning.

Trainer’s room

Mariners pitcher Kendall Graveman will see a specialist early next week to determine what procedure to have after suffering a neck strain in his last start. Manager Scott Servais said whatever the treatment it will be a significant amount of time that Graveman is out of the rotation.

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