SEATTLE -- It's nice to be home, but the road didn't treat the Mariners poorly at all. Fresh off their 10-day, 10-game road trip, the Mariners returned home on Thursday to play the first of seven straight games at Safeco Field, starting with four against the Rangers. Their most recent trip garnered a 6-4 record, something manager Mike Hargrove was happy with. "I thought it was a good road trip," Hargrove said. "We beat teams we needed to beat, and competed with teams we needed to compete with."More
After losing the first game of the trip to the Indians, the Mariners took two of three games from the Devil Rays, swept the Royals and took the first of three games against the first-place Angels before dropping the next two. Still, the Mariners scored 21 runs in the four losses, an encouraging sign after struggling with runners in scoring position earlier this season. Despite dropping their most recent series, the trip was an overall success in Hargrove's eyes. "Had we won [on Wednesday] it probably would have been a great road trip. ... But it still was a very good road trip," Hargrove said. "Any time you can come back over .500 on a road trip, it's a good road trip." Seattle hosts Texas and Baltimore before finally receiving a day off on June 7, marking the end of a grueling stretch of 23 games in as many days. Green adjusting: Since being recalled on May 23 from Triple-A Tacoma, reliever Sean Green has allowed one earned run and struck out six batters in 6 1/3 innings. Green was recalled to fill in for reliever Chris Reitsma, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The hardest part throughout his Major League journey has been bouncing back and forth from Tacoma to Seattle, but Green said he's happy with his role, and he doesn't focus on how long he may be with the Mariners. "When you get called up, you're in the big leagues, and really all you can think about is trying to do well when you're there," Green said. "You never know, you might be there the rest of your career, or you might be there for a week." With a 3.09 ERA in seven games this season, he has proven to be a solid fill-in, a position he's growing increasingly comfortable with. "It's an easy team to melt into," Green said. "There are a lot of good personalities, and everybody is very team-oriented." Hot bats: The Mariners haven't struggled making contact lately, averaging 8.14 runs per game over the last seven contests. Their .279 average is second in the American League, behind Detroit's .282. After recording two hits in Thursday's game, the Mariners set a new club record for the most hits in May. The previous club record was 296 hits, set in 1999, but singles from Ichiro Suzuki and Jose Guillen helped the Mariners surpass that record in the first inning. Sexson settling: After struggling through much of the season, first baseman Richie Sexson seems to be pulling out of his slump, recording hits in seven of his last nine games. He hit .324 with 10 RBIs on the most recent road trip, raising his average to .167. On deck: The Mariners face off against the Rangers on Friday night at 7:05 PT in the second game of a four-game set. Lefty Jarrod Washburn (5-4, 3.22 ERA) will start opposite righty Kevin Millwood (2-4, 6.62).
Patrick Brown is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less