The Mariners’ J.P. Crawford tosses his helmet after striking out during the sixth inning of a game against the Giants on Sept. 16, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The Mariners’ J.P. Crawford tosses his helmet after striking out during the sixth inning of a game against the Giants on Sept. 16, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Mariners lose to Giants in ‘home’ game in San Francisco

Seattle falls 9-3 in the first of two games moved to the Bay Area due to unhealthy air in Washington.

Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria homered for San Francisco, and the visiting Giants playing at home beat the Seattle Mariners 9-3 on Wednesday night in a game moved to the Bay Area because of smoky, dangerous air in Western Washington.

Donovan Solano and Mauricio Dubon hit early RBI singles as the Giants backed Drew Smyly (1-0) and snapped a three-game losing streak with a “road” victory at Oracle Park. One encouraging development: A familiar mist hovered over the outfield late in the game, not smoke.

Smyly made his first start since Aug. 1 and second appearance since being sidelined by a sprained index finger on his pitching hand.

Belt hit a two-run homer in the third inning and Longoria connected for a solo drive one out later against right-hander Ljay Newsome (0-1). Crawford contributed a two-out shot in the seventh and Mike Yastrzemski added an RBI double as the Giants pounded out 15 hits.

The Mariners drew a pair of bases-loaded walks in the fourth.

This marked the first of two games relocated from Seattle because of the unhealthy air quality from numerous West Coast wildfires. The Mariners and Oakland Athletics played a Monday doubleheader in the smoke and players expressed concern.

The Mariners took off about 10 a.m. Wednesday — rare day-of travel in baseball — from Seattle and pitcher Kendall Graveman even joked about wearing uniforms on the plane and eating sack lunches on the way. Some went straight to Oracle Park upon landing in San Francisco, while others opted to stop by the team hotel.

“There was some talk about it,” manager Scott Servais said with a grin on a pregame Zoom call.

Seattle was the home team but wore its gray road jerseys. The Giants sported their cream-colored home uniforms — the first time playing as the road team at home since Game 2 of a doubleheader with the Reds on July 23, 2013, making up a rainout from July 4 that year.

“If there ever was a year for this to happen, this was it, because nothing is normal,” Servais said. “It has been weird all year long.”

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