SEATTLE MARINERS

Soler, Rojas HRs help Marlins send Mariners to 3rd straight loss

Apr 29, 2022, 7:04 PM | Updated: 7:29 pm

              Seattle Mariners' Jesse Winker reacts after je struck out swinging during the third inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Friday, April 29, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
            
              Miami Marlins' Miguel Rojas, right, is congratulated by third base coach Al Pedrique (13) after Rojas hit a home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Friday, April 29, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
            
              Miami Marlins right fielder Avisail Garcia (24) catches a ball hit by Seattle Mariners' Adam Frazier during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 29, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
            
              Seattle Mariners catcher Luis Torrens (22) tags out Miami Marlins' Jorge Soler as he attempted to steal home during the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 29, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
            
              Seattle Mariners second baseman Adam Frazier is unable to catch a ball hit by Miami Marlins' Jesus Aguilar during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 29, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
            
              Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Matt Brash pitches to Miami Marlins' Jazz Chisholm Jr. during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 29, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
            
              Miami Marlins' Elieser Hernandez, left, pitches to Seattle Mariners' Jesse Winker during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 29, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
            
              Miami Marlins' Jacob Stallings (58) and Jesus Aguilar congratulate each other after they both scored on a single by Jesus Sanchez during the second inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Friday, April 29, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI (AP) — Jorge Soler and Miguel Rojas homered and the Miami Marlins won their sixth straight game, beating the Seattle Mariners 8-6 Friday night.

Marlins 8, Mariners 6: Box score

Soler’s homer in the first inning bounced off a column behind the left-center field pavilion and was measured at 468 feet, the third-longest in the major leagues this season.

Jesús Sánchez’s two-run single with the bases loaded against Mariners starter Matt Brash capped a four-run second inning. Jesús Aguilar and Jacob Stallings also had RBI singles that stretched the Marlins’ lead to 6-3.

Miami increased its lead on Rojas’ two-run homer in the third. A day after getting hit in the jaw with a pitch against Washington, Rojas powered a fastball from Mariners’ reliever Matthew Festa over the wall in left for his first homer of the season.

Marlins starter Elieser Hernández settled down after a difficult second and limited Seattle to three runs over five innings. Hernández (2-1) scattered five hits, struck out five and walked one.

Seattle, which has now lost three straight, rallied with three runs in the ninth on Jarred Kelenic’s one-out RBI double against reliever Shawn Armstrong. Anthony Bender relieved Armstrong and allowed Luis Torrens’ sacrifice fly and Adam Frazier’s run-scoring single before retiring Ty France on a force out for his fifth save.

Brash (1-2) was lifted after two innings. The right-hander allowed six runs, seven hits, struck out three and walked two.

The Mariners quickly erased a two-run deficit on Torrens’ bases clearing double for a 3-2 advantage in the second.

Mitch Haniger singled to lead off the second in his return from the injured list, but was replaced by pinch runner Abraham Toro because of a right ankle sprain. Haniger missed 11 games after entering COVID protocols and was reactivated Friday.

ROSTER MOVE

The Mariners designated RHP Matt Koch for assignment. Koch had four relief appearances in his one-month stint with the club.

RARE MIAMI APPEARANCE

Despite 25 years of interleague play, the Mariners’ visits to Miami have been scarce. The current three-game series is Seattle’s first in Miami since 2014, and the only other visit against the NL club was another three-game set in 2005.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (left forearm contusion) threw a bullpen session Friday and is scheduled to make his next start against Houston on Monday.

Marlins: RHP Dylan Floro (right rotator cuff tendinitis) is scheduled to make a relief appearance Saturday at Triple-A Jacksonville.

UP NEXT

LHP Robbie Ray (2-1, 3.91) will start the middle game of the series for the Mariners on Saturday, while the Marlins will go with LHP Jesús Luzardo (1-1, 3.77).

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