The Mariners turned a rare triple play Sunday, one that proved to be crucial in their 6-5 extra-inning win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
The play started with a grounder to first baseman Mark Trumbo, who forced out batter Ryan Goins. That left Kevin Pillar hung up between first and second, but eventually Ezequial Carrera moved far enough off third base that the Mariners turned their attention to him. With Carrera caught in a rundown, Pillar headed to third, so Mariners catcher Mike Zunino drove Careera back to third, which automatically made Pillar out. Carrera was caught up in the confusion, though, and fell off the base, allowing Zunino to tag him and end the top of the fourth inning.
For those keeping score at home, mark the play – the 11th triple play in Mariners history – down as 3-6-2-2. And it was important, as it saved a run, allowing the Mariners to come back from a deficit and eventually force a 10th inning, where Franklin Gutierrez walked off with his second big home run in less than a week.