Gilbert wins 10th, surging Mariners sweep sliding Padres

Jul 5, 2022, 4:48 AM | Updated: 5:38 pm

Seattle Mariners center fielder Julio Rodriguez slides after making a catch for the out on San Dieg...

Seattle Mariners center fielder Julio Rodriguez slides after making a catch for the out on San Diego Padres' Luke Voit during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 5, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Logan Gilbert earned his 10th win to tie for the major league lead, Sam Haggerty hit his first home run in over two months and the Seattle Mariners beat the San Diego Padres 6-2 on Tuesday.

The Mariners, who have won 12 of their last 15 games, swept the two-game set to win their fifth consecutive series. Seattle (41-42) moved within one game of .500 for the first time since May 4.

“We played really good baseball for a couple of days against a team that is having a very good year,´´ Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “We’re starting to get things going on our side.´´

Haggerty had three hits, Dylan Moore doubled twice and hot-hitting rookie Julio Rodríguez had two singles for Seattle. Haggerty and Rodriguez also both stole a base — Moore, meanwhile, was twice caught stealing.

“We do it with the names that are out there,´´ Servias said. “They understand who they are and that’s what it takes to put good streaks together. We can talk about Julio all you want and it’s great and he’s awesome. But it’s the other guys around him that are making things happen so he doesn’t have to do it every day.´´

The Padres have lost nine of 12.

Gilbert (10-3) allowed one earned run and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked three, struck out one and has a 2.61 ERA.

Gilbert, who is seeking his first All-Star selection, matched Houston’s Justin Verlander and the Dodgers’ Tony Gonsolin atop the big league win chart. He was more efficient than electric, and that was fine by Gilbert.

“I don’t think I had my best stuff today but I was just trying to find a way to get out and be competitive,” Gilbert said.

He wiggled from a massive jam in the second when the Padres loaded the bases with no outs.

Last year, Gilbert might have wobbled. This year, he went to work and escaped unscathed after getting a groundout from Austin Nola and flyballs from Trent Grisham and C.J. Abrams.

“That’s the difference,´´ Gilbert said. “Just taking a breath and understanding I have everything that I need out there. It’s just a matter of executing and believing in myself, knowing that I can get out of things like that.´´

Mike Clevinger (2-1) gave up four runs and six hits over six innings. With the Padres’ offensive struggles, that was enough for the Mariners — San Diego has scored 10 runs in six games, with four coming in the ninth inning on Sunday.

The Padres left 11 runners on base and went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Clevinger retired the initial eight batters before Haggerty’s first home run since April 24 gave Seattle a 1-0 lead in the third. Haggerty sprinted around the bases almost as quickly as his shot left the yard.

“I’m just fast and I kept running,´´ he said.

Seattle scored three times in the fourth for a 4-1 lead. Moore hit a two-run double and Haggerty had an RBI single.

The Padres got a run in the third on a rare error by the Mariners, who entered the game with 28 miscues, the fewest in the majors. With two on, Eric Hosmer hit a grounder that ricocheted off second baseman Adam Frazier’s glove.

Nomar Mazara had three of San Diego’s eight hits.

The Mariners head home with a renewed confidence that their season which started slowing is gathering momentum.

“We’re playing well right now,´´ Gilbert said. “When we were going through a little rough stretch earlier, getting a ton of questions about it, I don’t think anybody really panicked. We know the baseball we can play. We know we’re really good.´´


Mariners: 1B Ty France (elbow) is expected to be activated for this weekend’s series against Toronto.

Padres: LHP Adrian Morejon (shoulder) will begin a rehab stint with Triple-A El Paso and could return prior to the All-Star break.


Mariners: After Wednesday’s day off, Seattle LHP Marco Gonzalez (4-9) faces the visiting Blue Jays to start a four-game series.

Padres: San Diego resumes play on Thursday when RHP Joe Musgrove (8-2) goes against the San Francisco Giants in the opener of a four-game series at home.


More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Associated Press

Ex-Packer Guion gets 1 year for domestic violence assault

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion was sentenced to one year in jail after pleading no contest in a domestic violence assault at his home last fall. Brown County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Walsh also ordered Guion on Tuesday to serve three years’ probation and complete a domestic […]

1 year ago

Joe Jarzynka...

Associated Press

Durant eager for Suns debut vs. Hornets after knee injury

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Durant has been through quite a bit during his 15-year NBA career — but joining a new team midway through the season is a new one for the 13-time All-Star. The 34-year-old Durant doesn’t seem all that worried. Durant makes his highly anticipated Phoenix Suns debut on Wednesday night against […]

1 year ago

FILE - Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores stands on the sideline during the second half of an N...

Associated Press

Judge: NFL coach can press discrimination claims in court

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Coach Brian Flores can pursue some of his discrimination claims against the league and its teams in court rather than through arbitration, a judge ruled Wednesday. The written decision by Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan was issued months after lawyers for the league tried to get the lawsuit moved to […]

1 year ago

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Alex Stalock cools off in the first period during an NHL hockey game ...

Associated Press

Kane trade reinforces hard reality of Blackhawks rebuild

CHICAGO (AP) — After days of speculation, the harsh reality of the Chicago Blackhawks’ situation was reinforced by one move in a flurry of transactions ahead of the NHL trade deadline. Showtime is over, at least in Chicago, and a seemingly bright future is, well, way off in the distance. The reverberations of Chicago’s decision […]

1 year ago

FILE -  Yves Jean-Bart, president of the Haitian Football Federation, wearing a protective face mas...

Associated Press

Disgraced ex-Haitian soccer president announces he’s back

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s former soccer federation president whose lifetime ban from sport over sexual abuse allegations was overturned last month announced Wednesday that he is reclaiming his position. Yves Jean-Bart’s defiant announcement could lead to a standoff with FIFA, which already has appointed an emergency management committee to lead the Haitian Football Association […]

1 year ago

FILE - Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers walks off the field after an NFL football game against the ...

Associated Press

Rodgers says decision on future will come ‘soon enough’

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers says he will make a decision on his future “soon enough” as the four-time MVP quarterback ponders whether to play next season and if his future remains with the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers, 39, discussed his future while speaking on an episode of the “Aubrey Marcus Podcast” that […]

1 year ago

Gilbert wins 10th, surging Mariners sweep sliding Padres