SEATTLE — Edwin Diaz lost his command just long enough that the ninth inning became uncomfortable for Seattle.
Fortunately the Mariners did enough at the plate to withstand an off night from their young closer.
“You can’t walk out of this thinking ‘Oh my gosh,'” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “We won the game. We got three outs before they got three runs. That’s what the job called for tonight.”
Home runs from Kyle Seager, Robinson Cano and Adam Lind were enough to hold off Milwaukee’s rally in the ninth inning, and the Mariners won their seventh straight at home beating the Brewers 7-6 on Friday night.
Seager got Seattle started with a solo home run, Cano added a two-run shot and Lind’s solo homer in the eighth became a huge insurance run as the Mariners pulled within two games of Baltimore for the second wild card in the American League.
Seattle also got key RBI hits from Stefan Romero, Nelson Cruz and Ketel Marte as the Mariners added on and didn’t rely solely on the long ball.
“We haven’t done that always this season,” Servais said. “We just put pressure on them every inning, which was really important tonight.”
Ryan Braun had a two-out, two-run single in the ninth off Diaz to pull the Brewers within 7-6 after Diaz walked the bases loaded. But Diaz struck out Hernan Perez to close out his ninth save with the tying run at third.
Diaz struggled throwing his fastball for strikes in the ninth but believed the problem is mechanical.
“I was feeling like I dropped my arm a little bit. I need to work on that,” Diaz said.
Chris Carter hit the longest recorded home run in Safeco Field history, estimated at 465 feet after hitting the batting backdrop in center field for the first of Milwaukee’s three home runs. Jonathan Villar and Keon Broxton added back-to-back homers off Seattle starter Wade LeBlanc leading off the sixth inning.
LeBlanc (3-0) was able to limit the damage to those three solo homers, although he lasted just 5 1/3 innings.
“The homers are getting a little ridiculous,” said LeBlanc, who has allowed seven in his last three starts.
Brent Suter (0-1) made his major league debut for Milwaukee but was unable to make it out of the fifth inning, giving up four runs and seven hits.
For the first three innings, Suter was just fine. Aside from three walks, he didn’t allow a hit through the first 10 outs. Seager ended that streak with a long home run to right field. Suter was unable to make it out of the fifth inning, giving up Cano’s two-run shot and Romero’s base hit before being lifted.
“A little bit of nerves, walking a couple guys in the early innings,” Suter said. “Then I just made a couple mistakes in the third and fourth innings that came back to haunt us.”
Seattle also took advantage of three Milwaukee errors. Marte reached on shortstop Orlando Arcia’s throwing error leading off the sixth and scored when left fielder Jake Elmore couldn’t hold on to Cruz’s sinking line drive. Elmore initially made the catch but lost the ball as he hit the ground.
Carter’s home run was his 28th of the year and according to Mariners records was 3 feet longer than Mark Teixeira’s 462-foot home run in 2007.
Suter became the first left-handed pitcher to start a game for the Brewers since Aug. 23, 2013. Milwaukee had used just right-handers in its starting rotation for nearly three calendar years — a span of 474 games. Suter snapped the second-longest streak in major league history of right-handed starters. The longest streak still belongs to the Dodgers, who used just right-handed starters for 681 straight games from 1992-97.
Brewers: Along with bringing up Suter to make the start, Milwaukee also optioned RHP Damien Magnifico to Triple-A Colorado Springs, designated OF Ramon Flores for assignment and reinstated OF Domingo Santana from the 15-day DL.
Mariners: Seattle optioned slumping slugger Dae-Ho Lee to Triple-A Tacoma, along with RHP Joe Wieland. Romero was recalled from Tacoma and RHP Steve Cishek was activated from the 15-day DL.
Brewers: Wily Peralta (5-8) goes for his second straight victory. Peralta allowed one run in six innings in his last start against Cincinnati.
Mariners: Felix Hernandez (7-4) looks for his fourth win since being activated off the DL on July 20. Hernandez allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings in a victory over the Angels in his last start.
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