Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Arizona1 0 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 790
Seattle2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 360
  W: H. Castellanos (2-1)   L: C. Flexen (11-6)
6:10 PM PT7:10 PM MT8:10 PM CT9:10 PM ET21:10 ET1:10 GMT9:10 6:10 PM MST8:10 PM EST8:40 PM VEN5:10 UAE (+1)7:10 PM CT, September 11, 2021
T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington  Attendance: 15,483

Mariners, one game out of wild card, face Diamondbacks

According to STATS
According to STATS

Arizona Diamondbacks at Seattle Mariners

  1. The Mariners swept a three-game set in Arizona last week. The Diamondbacks are 5-7 all-time in Seattle, most recently sweeping a three-game series in July 2015.
  2. The Diamondbacks lost both games at home against Texas this week and have now lost five straight and 10 of their last 11. They have allowed at least seven runs in seven of those games.
  3. The Mariners avoided a three-game sweep in Houston with an 8-5 win on Wednesday. They had 13 hits in that game, tied for their fifth most this season. They had 14 in an 8-5 win against Arizona on September 4.
  4. Madison Bumgarner's last start came against the Mariners, who touched him up for five runs (all earned) on five hits and five walks in 6.0 innings. The five walks were his most issued since a career-high six on July 21, 2018 in Oakland.
  5. Following a four-start stretch where Marco Gonzales allowed a total of two earned runs, he has now allowed multiple runs in t
  6. Batters have combined to hit just .222 at T-Mobile Park in Seattle this year, the lowest mark in the majors. Last year, the stadium had a combined batting average of .217, also the lowest in the big leagues.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/10/2021 thru 9/12/2021

The Seattle Mariners, the team with the longest postseason drought in the four major professional sports, are just one game out of the American League's second and final wild-card berth.

Tom Murphy hit two home runs Friday night as the Mariners (77-64), seeking their first playoff berth since 2001, defeated the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 in the opener of a three-game series.

The teams will meet again Saturday night in Seattle.

It was Seattle's 30th one-run victory of the season, the most in the majors.

"Always interesting, always entertaining," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "That's it. That's the 2021 Mariners. A nice way to start the homestand. We got an opportunity to pick up a game in the standings (Friday), which is really nice as our guys continue to grind through it."

Murphy, who missed all of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season because of a foot injury, hit a two-run homer in the second inning to give the Mariners the lead and a solo shot in the sixth that proved to be the game-winner.

"I think the biggest thing we've done is mitigate those down-stretches really to find a way to win somehow to break up the monotony of losing two, three, four games in a row," Murphy said. "This is the best team I've ever been on when it comes to that. It's incredible how much morale we have and how much we don't allow what happened yesterday to affect us today."

Both of Murphy's homers came off Arizona left-hander Madison Bumgarner, a former World Series MVP.

Over the past 11 games, Murphy is batting .321 with two homers and nine RBIs.

"He's been probably one of our most consistent at-bats here over the last week or so, just grinding through it," Servais said. "Obviously, his niche is killing the lefties. He usually stays right on left-handed pitching, and he was right there again (Friday)."

The Diamondbacks (45-96), who have lost six in a row and 11 of their past 12, did have a highlight.

Prospect Seth Beer, called up from Triple-A Reno earlier Friday, made his debut as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and homered off right-hander Diego Castillo. Beer was the fourth player in franchise history to go deep in their first major league at-bat.

"Kudos to him for being prepped and ready in that situation," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "He dropped the barrel on the ball. It was a beautiful swing."

Arizona's Henry Ramos also hit his first MLB homer, in the second inning.

The Diamondbacks are scheduled to start right-hander Humberto Castellanos (1-1, 3.65 ERA) on Saturday. Castellanos allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings in an 8-5 loss to the Mariners last weekend, getting a no-decision in his only career appearance against Seattle.

Right-hander Chris Flexen (11-5, 3.56) is set to take the mound for the Mariners. Flexen is 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA in two career starts against Arizona. He went six innings and allowed three runs against them on Sunday but didn't get a decision in Seattle's 10-4 victory.

The Mariners are 18-8 in Flexen's starts this season.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 11, 2021