Tom Murphy hit a two-run home run in the second inning and added a solo shot in the sixth, and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 Friday night for their eighth win in 11 games.
Seattle a continued to move closer in the AL wildcard race, closing in on a New York game for second in the standings stuck.
"I think the biggest thing we did do is ease those downward stretches really to find a way to win somehow to break the monotony of losing two, three, four games in a row "Murphy said. " It's the best team I've ever been on when it comes to this. It is amazing how good we are in morale and how much we do not allow what happened yesterday to affect us today. "
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Murphy's fifth career multihomer game was the catalyst for a few mistakes night to give Arizona three points. Murphy's two-point shot in the second gave Seattle a 3-2 lead, and his featZion solo in the sixth has just crossed the fence in the left center's deep field. Both home runs were won by Arizona starter Madison Bumgarner.
"He's been probably one of our most consistent batsmen here for the last week or so, just on their own, "said Scott Servais, Seattle manager. . "Obviously his niche is killing lefties. He usually stays straight on left handed pitch, and he was still there tonight.
J.P. Crawford started the game with a solo homerun for Seattle, and Ty France had a single key with two outs and two strikes in the fifth inning that scored Dylan Moore and drew 3-3.
Bumgarner (7-10) pitched six innings, but the three allowed home runs were a season high.
"It was much better than the previous three (starts), but the result was pretty good the same, "Bumgarner said. " This can be frustratingnt. "
Marco Gonzales (8-5) pitched six innings, dispersed four hits and allowed three unearned runs. France 's two out error in the second kept the game going. inning and Henry Ramos followed with a two-run homer, the first of his career after 916 minor league games.
One inning later, Gonzales 's throwing error on a takedown attempt got Ketel Marte to place third and he scored on the fly from Carson Kelly's sacrifice. But that 's all Arizona has escaped for Gonzales, who has struck out 11 of the last 12 games to which he faced and felt his fastball improve as the match progressed.
"Facing these guys literally last week it was the game plan "said Gonzales. " I was proud of us. We executed, we were stubborn, we didn't stick to that plan and it worked for us. "
Arizona got closer to 5-4 when theprospect Seth Beer hit a solo homerun facing Diego Castillo in the eighth inning in his first major league at bat. Beer was called up from Triple-A Reno earlier today and was the fourth player in Diamondbacks history to score in his first at-bat. The last one was John Hester in 2009.
"Kudos to him for being prepared and ready in this situation " said Arizona manager Torey Lovullo. "He dropped the cannon on the ball. It was a nice swing.
Castillo fumbled in the eighth, and Drew Steckenrider hit the side in the ninth for his eighth save.
Beer was Arizona 's last hope to join the major league club. Beer has reached 0.287 with 33 doubles, 16 homers and 59 RBIs for Reno this season. Beer will probably bent in the starting lineup as a designated hitter for the Diamondbacks on Saturday, but will also be used at first base.
SI Drew Ellis was picked by Reno to free up a spot for beer.
Diamondbacks: RHP Merrill Kelly (COVID-19 IL) pitched four innings in a Rookie League game 'Arizona Thursday. Kelly threw over 60 shots. Lovullo said it hasn't been decided but Kelly's next move could be in the majors. ... RHP Tyler Clippard was placed on the COVID-19 injured list earlier this week, but continued to test negative. Lovullo believed that Clippard needed another negative test and could be activated.
Mariners: RHP Justin Dunn (shoulder) kicked off a game simulation. Manager Scott Servais said that they had to see how Dunn felt on his way out, and he would probably need another com exit.me this before considering a rehabilitation mission. ... FROM Jake Fraley (shoulder) could join the Triple-A Tacoma on a rehab mission at some point this weekend.
Diamondbacks: RHP Humberto Castellanos (1-1, 3.65) returns to Seattle. Castellanos allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Mariners last weekend. This will be his first career road start.
Mariners: RHP Chris Flexen (11-5, 3.56) will make his second straight start against Arizona. Flexen pitched six innings and allowed three runs, but received no ruling last week. Seattle is 18-8 out of Flexen's 26 starts this season.