Cruz's 3-run HR in DC halts 5-game skid

Cruz's 3-run HR in DC halts 5-game skid

WASHINGTON -- The Mariners had not scored more than one run in any game since May 18, so scoring four runs Thursday afternoon qualified as an offensive outburst. Nelson Cruz hammered a go-ahead three-run homer and Robinson Cano added a run-scoring single, helping Seattle snap a five-game skid with a 4-2 victory against the Nationals at Nationals Park.

It was exactly what Mariners manager Scott Servais, who was ejected during the sixth inning, asked for after his postgame comments Wednesday night, prompting his team to pick up its intensity. In that sixth, Jean Segura and Cano collected hits off left-hander Gio Gonzalez, setting the stage for Cruz's homer against right-hander Jacob Turner.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Daniel Shiferaw is a contributor to MLB.com based in Washington, who covered the Mariners on Thursday.

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Cano, Cruz do heavy lifting as club responds

Servais pleased with Mariners' intensity in snapping five-game skid

Cano, Cruz do heavy lifting as club responds

WASHINGTON -- It took less than 24 hours for the Mariners to respond to manager Scott Servais' challenge.

One afternoon after he asked for more intensity from his team, the skipper got what he was looking for in Thursday's 4-2 win against the Nationals, a victory which snapped a five-game losing streak.

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Daniel Shiferaw is a contributor to MLB.com based in Washington, who covered the Mariners on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Servais' ejection appears to spark Mariners

Soon after manager gets tossed, Cruz drills go-ahead 3-run HR

Servais' ejection appears to spark Mariners

WASHINGTON -- Mariners manager Scott Servais was ejected in the top of the sixth inning of Thursday's 4-2 win over the Nationals.

The skipper was tossed by home-plate umpire Adam Hamari after arguing from the Seattle dugout about a called third strike on Guillermo Heredia.

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Daniel Shiferaw is a contributor to MLB.com based in Washington, who covered the Mariners on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners tab Gallardo for opener at Fenway

Mariners tab Gallardo for opener at Fenway

The Mariners and Red Sox open their first series of 2017 with a three-game holiday weekend set at Fenway Park.

The injury-riddled Mariners come in looking to build momentum after halting their five-game losing streak Thursday with a 4-2 win over the Nationals.

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Early Nats runs, lack of help hurt again in DC

Early Nats runs, lack of help hurt again in DC

WASHINGTON -- Anthony Rendon continued his hot streak at the plate, hammering a three-run homer in the first inning to help guide the Nationals to a 5-1 victory against the Mariners on Wednesday night at Nationals Park. Washington jumped on Seattle for four runs in the first and added another in the second against rookie right-hander Sam Gaviglio.

The early runs provided a cushion for Nats righty Tanner Roark, who rebounded from a rough stretch with seven innings of one-run ball and eight strikeouts.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Daniel Shiferaw is a contributor to MLB.com based in Washington.

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Slumping Seattle not using injuries as excuse

Club has scored 1 run in each of last 5 games, usually while facing big early deficit

Slumping Seattle not using injuries as excuse

WASHINGTON -- The Mariners may have one of the more injury-depleted rosters in baseball at the moment, but they believe that shouldn't stop them from being competitive every game.

In Wednesday's 5-1 loss against the Nationals, Seattle was unable to climb out of yet another early deficit, getting shut out by Washington after the first inning. On the night, the offense was held to 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position, including seven men left on base. The club has scored just one run in each of its last five games -- all losses.

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Daniel Shiferaw is a contributor to MLB.com based in Washington who covered the Mariners on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners call up Whalen, option Pagan

Mariners call up Whalen, option Pagan

WASHINGTON -- Emilio Pagan's impressive four-inning outing in Tuesday night's 10-1 loss may have saved the Mariners' bullpen for a night, but it also created a need for another fresh arm.

Because of that need, Seattle optioned the rookie reliever to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday and recalled right-hander Rob Whalen from Tacoma to serve as a long man -- and perhaps more.

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Daniel Shiferaw is a contributor to MLB.com based in Washington who covered the Mariners on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners acquire outfielder Aplin from Astros

Mariners acquire outfielder Aplin from Astros

SEATTLE -- Andrew Aplin, a 26-year-old outfielder who spent the past six years in the Astros' Minor League organization, was acquired by the Mariners on Wednesday for a player to be named or cash.

Aplin had been designated for assignment on Monday by Houston after hitting .250/.375/.345 in 32 games for Triple-A Fresno.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O'Neill comes up big for Tacoma

O'Neill comes up big for Tacoma

After his second straight scoreless start for the Dayton Dragons, also the longest of his career, Tony Santillan may not have much more to prove at the Class A level.

The Reds' No. 14 prospect flat-out dominated over eight innings on Wednesday against Great Lakes, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out five in a game that was suspended due to rain after 13 scoreless frames. In his previous turn, Santillan had completed a then-season-high seven innings after losing a perfect game bid with one out in the seventh.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pagan's relief saves 'pen, gives confidence

After 2 tough outings to open career, rookie goes 4 scoreless to help out Seattle

Pagan's relief saves 'pen, gives confidence

WASHINGTON -- The cost of having a starting rotation decimated by injuries is the trickle-down effect it can have on the bullpen. This is the reality the Mariners have been living in for the last few weeks, relying on inexperienced arms to give them length and keep the ever-evolving relief corps fresh.

That hasn't always been easy, which is why rookie reliever Emilio Pagan's effort in Tuesday's 10-1 loss to the Nationals stood out to manager Scott Servais. With a lopsided score and starter Christian Bergman lasting just four innings, Pagan -- who was making his third career appearance -- came in to finish the rest of the game.

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Daniel Shiferaw is a contributor to MLB.com based in Washington who covered the Mariners on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bergman allows 4 HRs on tough night in DC

Bergman allows 4 HRs on tough night in DC

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals' Majors-best offense awakened from its brief recent slumber, breaking out for eight runs during a rain-soaked fourth inning at Nationals Park to cruise to a 10-1 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday night.

Washington had averaged 2.8 runs per game during their previous five games, before its lineup erupted for nine hits in the fourth inning, matching a Nats team record. That included back-to-back home runs -- a two-run homer from Jayson Werth followed by a 450-foot moonshot from Bryce Harper -- and a three-run homer from Anthony Rendon, who also went deep in the second inning for his second career multi-homer game. He had five RBIs on the night.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Daniel Shiferaw is a contributor to MLB.com based in Washington.

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Cano raring to go after rare DL stint

Cano raring to go after rare DL stint

WASHINGTON -- Robinson Cano may have only been out of the Mariners' lineup for 11 games, but even that layoff felt a bit too long for him.

Throughout his 12-year career in the big leagues, the veteran second baseman has been known for his durability. So his 10-day disabled list stint as a result of a right quad strain was unfamiliar territory that made him antsy for a quick return.

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Daniel Shiferaw is a contributor to MLB.com based in Washington who covered the Mariners on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Can Zunino provide boost to offense?

Beat reporter Greg Johns answers questions from Mariners fans

Inbox: Can Zunino provide boost to offense?

When will the Mariners recall Mike Zunino? Also, is he out of options and does he have to make the team next spring or go through waivers?
-- Gil P., Spokane, Wash.

Zunino was recalled Monday and will join the team in Washington, D.C., for the start of the upcoming road trip on Tuesday against the Nationals. After batting .293 in 12 games for Triple-A Tacoma and hitting three homers in their last two games in Iowa, that's enough of what the Mariners wanted to see to bring Zunino back, particularly with Carlos Ruiz and Tuffy Gosewisch combining to bat .110 (8-for-73).

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners recall Zunino, Pagan amid flurry

Gosewisch, Vogelbach and Heston optioned to Triple-A Tacoma

Mariners recall Zunino, Pagan amid flurry

SEATTLE -- The Mariners had an off-day on Monday to travel across the country for the start of an eight-game road trip in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, but that didn't slow general manager Jerry Dipoto from continuing his flurry of roster moves as the club attempts to deal with a rash of injuries.

Catcher Mike Zunino and reliever Emilio Pagan were recalled from Triple-A Tacoma, while catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, first baseman Daniel Vogelbach and starter Chris Heston were optioned back to Tacoma.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners can't stop White Sox offense

Mariners can't stop White Sox offense

SEATTLE -- Tim Anderson provided the offensive punch and Derek Holland threw eight innings of one-run ball Sunday as the White Sox rolled to an 8-1 victory over the Mariners in their second straight runaway win at Safeco Field.

The White Sox won the last three games of the four-game series, including a combined 24-2 margin over the final two days, as they improved to 20-22 on the year. Anderson went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs, while Holland allowed six hits, including Nelson Cruz's 11th home run of the season in the seventh.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

Rob Shore is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the White Sox on Sunday.

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Heston's 1st Mariners start marred by walks

Heston's 1st Mariners start marred by walks

SEATTLE -- Chris Heston, recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday, struggled in his first start of the season, surrendering seven runs on seven hits in three-plus innings in the Mariners' 8-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

"The thing that was frustrating today for us, and for Chris, was the lack of command," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "You have to trust your stuff, trust your defense behind you. He was living too far on the edges and wasn't working out too good and he got out over the plate and got hurt a little bit."

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gallardo hit hard as Mariners fall

Gallardo hit hard as Mariners fall

SEATTLE -- Avisail Garcia continued his red-hot start to the season with two home runs and a career-best four hits and six RBIs on Saturday as the White Sox rolled to a 16-1 victory over the Mariners at Safeco Field.

Garcia also doubled twice in his 4-for-5 night as the 25-year-old right fielder moved into the American League batting lead with a .357 average. The White Sox racked up their most runs and hits (19) of the season in the one-sided affair and improved to 19-22 with their second straight win.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

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Mariners call on Freeman to pitch in rout

Infielder allows one run in ninth inning vs. White Sox

Mariners call on Freeman to pitch in rout

SEATTLE -- Mike Freeman hadn't pitched since Little League.

So, naturally, he made his Major League debut on the mound Saturday.

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Diaz could return to closer's role soon

Diaz could return to closer's role soon

SEATTLE -- Encouraged by what he saw from Edwin Diaz's two-inning performance in Friday's 2-1 loss to the White Sox, Mariners manager Scott Servais said the 23-year-old isn't far from returning to the closer role after moving temporarily out of that spot to work on some mechanical issues.

Diaz allowed just two infield singles in the eighth inning on Friday, then worked a 1-2-3 ninth before the White Sox won in the 10th with a run off Tony Zych.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Waldrop plates four for Arkansas

Waldrop plates four for Arkansas

Astros prospects Kyle Tucker and Jason Martin have been swinging hot bats lately, and the trend continued Saturday as the duo led Class A Advanced Buies Creek to an 8-2 win over Down East.

Tucker, ranked as the Astros' No. 2 prospect and 30th on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list, and Martin (Astros' No. 26) combined for five hits and five RBIs as the Astros won for the fifth time in six games.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Miranda's gem goes for naught in loss

Miranda's gem goes for naught in loss

SEATTLE -- Melky Cabrera's RBI double in the top of the 10th lifted the White Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Mariners on Friday, as Chicago snapped a seven-game road losing streak while holding Seattle to one hit on the night.

Mariners reliever Tony Zych hit Kevan Smith with a pitch to lead off the 10th and pinch-runner Leury Garcia was sacrificed to second before Cabrera delivered the two-out game-winner for the White Sox, who improved to 18-22.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

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Mariners opt to slow Haniger's rehab routine

Rookie outfielder feels soreness in oblique after workout

Mariners opt to slow Haniger's rehab routine

SEATTLE -- After initially hoping to send right fielder Mitch Haniger out to start a Minor League stint with Class A Advanced Modesto on Friday, the Mariners backed off that plan and will keep the standout rookie in Seattle for now to continue rehabbing the strained oblique in his right side that has sidelined him the past 3 1/2 weeks.

"I'm just treating it and going day to day, trying to take it slow before we go out and do anything," said Haniger, who hit .342 in 21 games before going on the 10-day disabled list on April 26.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gaviglio gives beleaguered rotation a boost

Rookie from Oregon tosses five scoreless innings

Gaviglio gives beleaguered rotation a boost

SEATTLE -- Looking to stay afloat in the American League West while their pitching staff returns to health, the Mariners have found a life raft from two fill-in starters -- Sam Gaviglio and Christian Bergman -- who pieced together 12 1/3 scoreless innings in back-to-back wins on Wednesday and Thursday.

Gaviglio didn't get the win in his first Major League start in Seattle's 5-4 victory over the White Sox on Thursday, but he put them in position by allowing just three hits and a walk in a 75-pitch outing.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Heredia's heroics: Mariners win in walk-off

Heredia's heroics: Mariners win in walk-off

SEATTLE -- Pinch-hitter Guillermo Heredia drove home Jarrod Dyson with a walk-off single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as the Mariners topped the White Sox, 5-4, in Thursday's series opener at Safeco Field.

The speedy Dyson gave Heredia a chance by avoiding what looked like an inning-ending double play on a grounder to third by Carlos Ruiz with one out. Dyson beat the throw to second, with Ruiz still thrown out at first for the second out. Reliever Dan Jennings then intentionally walked Jean Segura before Heredia singled to right for the win.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

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Paxton passes hurdle with bullpen session

Lefty throws 25 pitches, could begin rehab stint soon

Paxton passes hurdle with bullpen session

SEATTLE -- Mariners manager Scott Servais admitted the light at the end of the tunnel is still distant when it comes to regaining his fleet of injured pitchers, but progress is underway and James Paxton is the closest to returning after throwing a 25-pitch bullpen session on Thursday.

The Mariners have four of their original rotation members on the disabled list and all are back throwing again now, although Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and Drew Smyly are limited to playing light catch and could be a month or more from returning.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners pay their respects to Chris Cornell

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Mariners pay their respects to Chris Cornell

Legendary Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell passed away at the age of 52 on Wednesday in Detroit. So, before the Tigers played the Orioles for a Thursday matinee, the Tigers' press notes featured a small tribute: The headings were Cornell songs. 

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Needing long outing, Bergman saves taxed 'pen

Righty combines with Pazos to blank A's on Wednesday

Needing long outing, Bergman saves taxed 'pen

SEATTLE -- They needed this one. The rotation, the bullpen and manager Scott Servais all breathed a sigh of relief with Christian Bergman's 7 1/3 scoreless innings in the Mariners' 4-0 win over the A's on Wednesday.

A group of injury fill-ins have done their best to keep the Mariners competitive in the American League West -- despite having five starters on the disabled list -- but not since James Paxton threw eight innings on April 15 had a Seattle starter gone as deep into a game as Bergman went in the series finale.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.