MLB: 8-Home Run Game As St. Louis Cardinals Defeat Seattle Mariners

Sweeping the Chicago Cubs put the St. Louis Cardinals on a five-game winning streak, which the Seattle Mariners put to an end on Friday with a 4-3 victory over St. Louis. After the Cards dropped another 1-run contest to the Mariners on Saturday 5-4, they unloaded 17 hits for 11 runs on Sunday evening, including six homers from one of the most productive offensive lineups in the league. Seattle kept it close through six innings, good for two home runs of their own and 12 hits on the night.

Despite their recent series and Chicago’s recent struggles against the Florida Marlins, the Cubs remain nine games ahead of St. Louis in the NL Central, as Chicago continues to hold the highest winning percentage in the MLB with an overall record of 48-26. Despite trailing the Chicago Cubs by so much, the Cardinals remain very much alive in the race for the National League Wild Card playoff, especially with over half of the regular season left to play.

Meanwhile, the Seattle Mariners are in third place in the AL West, 2.5 games out of Wild Card contention. They are 11 games behind the division-leading Texas Rangers, currently the best team in the American League at 49-27. While the Cardinals may have won Sunday night, the Mariners walk away with two of the three games in the series.

St. Louis Cardinals stats

Matt Carpenter was one of two Cardinals players that had two homers on the night, including a single-run shot in the Top of the 6th and another in the Top of the 9th. He was 3-for-6 on the night, crossing the plate three times and earning two RBIs. He leads the St. Louis squad with a 1.004 OPS. Tommy Pham had two homers as well, going 2-for-5 on the night. Jedd Gyorko’s only hit of the night was a single-run homer in the Top of the 7th, while Matt Holliday had his 14th home run of the season in the Top of the 8th. Aledmys Diaz went 3-for-5 on the night, maintaining his current place as holder of the team’s highest batting average (.312).

St. Louis went through four pitchers on Sunday, with starter Jaime Garcia (5-6, 4.09 ERA) earning six strike outs in 5.2 innings, while giving up five earned runs. Kevin Siegrist (5-2, 2.97 ERA) was awarded the win after pitching 1.1 innings. Without using Travis Rosenthal, the Cardinals made it through the 8th and 9th Innings with Jonathan Broxton and Matt Bowman respectively.

Seattle Mariners stats

Nelson Cruz had a single-run homer for the Seattle Mariners in the Bottom of the 3rd, going 2-for-4 on the night with two RBIs. Franklin Gutierrez had the only three-run homer of the night, tying the game in the Bottom of the 6th at a score of 6-6. Five different players from Seattle had a multiple-hit game on Sunday, earning their 6 runs off of 12 total hits.

Seattle went through a total of six pitchers on Sunday. In the end, Nick Vincent (2-3, 3.47 ERA) was awarded the loss after giving up two runs in the 7th inning. Starting pitcher James Paxton (1-3, 4.15 ERA) had seven strike outs in five innings but also gave up eight hits and five earned runs.


Where To Watch

With the Cardinals-Mariners series finished, St. Louis moves on to face the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on Monday night. The game begins at 7:15 p.m. CT and will air on FOX Sports Midwest. The two Missouri-based teams will play two games in Kansas City and then travel a few hours East to play two more games in St. Louis on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Seattle Mariners have Monday off and then host a two-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 28 and 29 before their four-game series at home against the Baltimore Orioles. Tuesday night’s game begins at 7:10 PM PT and will air on Root Sports.

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