Seattle’s Marco Gonzales throws a pitch during the first inning of a Tuesday’s game at Safeco Field. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Seattle’s Marco Gonzales throws a pitch during the first inning of a Tuesday’s game at Safeco Field. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Padres get better of Diaz in 9th inning, beat Mariners

  • Tuesday, September 11, 2018 10:17pm
  • Sports

SEATTLE — Wil Myers lined a run-scoring double off major league saves leader Edwin Diaz with one out in the ninth inning to lift the San Diego Padres over the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Diaz entered with the game tied at 1 and struggled without having a chance at his 55th save. Diaz (0-4) gave up singles to Hunter Renfroe and Eric Hosmer leading off the inning. After a strikeout of Franmil Reyes, Myers jumped on the first pitch and pulled it into the left field corner, letting pinch-runner Travis Jankowski score easily from second.

It was just the second inning all night the Padres put multiple runners on base, but they were able to capitalize on their opportunity unlike the Mariners.

Seattle was 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position and missed on chances to take the lead in both the seventh and eighth innings. Kirby Yates pitched the ninth inning for his eighth save.

Seattle had runners at second and third and no outs in the seventh and failed to score, and loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth inning, and failed to score again. Cameron Maybin, who doubled in the seventh, couldn’t come through in the eighth against Craig Stammen (8-2), flying out to the warning track in right to end the threat.

Seattle fell 8½ games behind Oakland in the race for the second wild-card spot in the American League with only 18 games remaining. Robinson Cano’s solo home run in the third inning was Seattle’s only run.

Marco Gonzales pitched well in his first start off the disabled list for Seattle. Gonzales lost four straight decisions before going on the disabled list with a muscle strain in his neck on Aug. 27. In all four starts, he allowed at least four earned runs. In two of the starts he was knocked around for seven and eight earned runs.

Gonzales was on a limited pitch count but made the most of his five innings, allowing just four hits and one run before departing after 66 pitches. He struck out two and limited any damage to Reyes’ run-scoring infield single in the fourth inning.

San Diego starter Bryan Mitchell was even better. Making his second start after missing four months due to an elbow injury, Mitchell allowed four hits over six innings. His lone mistake was the changeup he left up in the zone that Cano hit out to center field. Mitchell retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced.

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