Mariners Hit Three Home Runs, Shutout Pirates 6-0

Mitch Keller gives up two runs and strikes out seven in five innings Tuesday night

Matt Harkins
September 17, 2019 - 11:00 pm

© Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Seattle Mariners Starting Pitcher Marco Gonzales pitches seven shutout innings, scattering six hits and the Mariners hit three solo home runs on their way to a 6-0 shutout victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday night at PNC Park.

"(Gonzales) Changed speeds effectively, pitched off his fastball," said Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle. "When he threw it, he threw it where he wanted it. The curveball, the cutter and the changeup played extremely well for him, he threw them all for strikes and he threw them in whatever count he wanted to throw them in."

Seattle got on the board first in the top of the second inning when Omar Narvaez scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Dee Gordon.

With two outs in the bottom of the third, Pirates Shortstop Kevin Newman extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

However, Mariners Catcher Narvaez threw out Newman trying to steal second and it was the second consecutive inning he threw out a Pirates runner trying to steal second to end an inning.

The Mariners would add on a run in the top of the fifth as Shed Long would single to left centerfield and bring home Marco Gonzales after he led off the inning with a double into the right field corner.

Starting Pitcher Mitch Keller worked his way through five innings and gave up two runs on six hits and struck out seven on 95 pitches (58 strikes).

"Thought I threw the ball pretty well," said Keller. "Missed some pitches, obviously the pitcher's leadoff double there to start that inning, if that doesn't happen I feel like that inning goes a little different. Get out of there with fewer pitches, maybe go back out for the sixth depending how the lineup turns over. But other than that I felt pretty good about the outing."

Michael Feliz would come on in relief for Keller in the sixth and the first two batters he faced, Narvaez and Austin Nola, would hit solo home runs to add on to the Mariners lead.

Long would lead off the seventh inning with a solo home run off of Williams Jerez, who was recently claimed off waivers from the San Francisco Giants, to extend the Mariners lead to 5-0.

The Pirates had a great chance to get on the scoreboard in the seventh inning after Jose Osuna and Elias Diaz led off with back to back singles, but Gonzales was able to recover and retire the next three Pirates batters in order.

The Pirates and Mariners will play game two of this series Wednesday night as Dario Agrazal (4-4, 4.91 ERA) takes the mound for Pittsburgh against Justin Dunn (0-0, 27.00 ERA) and Seattle at 7:05 pm from PNC Park.

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