Sánchez makes game-saving catch, Marlins top Mariners 4-1

Jun 14, 2023, 9:52 PM | Updated: Jun 15, 2023, 12:25 am

Seattle Mariners Miami Marlins...

Jesús Sánchez and Jorge Soler celebrate a Miami Marlins win over the Seattle Mariners. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

(Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

SEATTLE (AP) — Jesús Sánchez raced back to the wall, made his leaping attempt and felt there was weight to his glove.

Home run robbery’s don’t get much better than what Miami’s right fielder pulled off on Wednesday night, stealing a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the Marlins’ 4-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners and avoid a three-game sweep.

Miami Marlins 4, Seattle Mariners 1: Box score

Sánchez’s leaping, game-saving catch at the wall robbed Seattle’s Eugenio Suárez of a slam that would have tied the game. Instead, it became a painfully long sacrifice fly for Seattle and a highlight moment for Sánchez.

“When I felt that the glove was heavy I knew there that I had made the catch,” Sánchez said through an interpreter. “I grabbed the ball, just made the throw. It was great.”

Seattle loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning against A.J. Puk thanks to a pair of errors by Luis Arraez. Suárez lined a 2-1 pitch from Puk deep to right field, but Sánchez quickly tracked his way to the wall and made a leaping grab to pull back the potential game-tying homer.

Ty France scored on the play to break up the shutout, but Cal Raleigh lined out to Sánchez to end the game.

“That’s 100 percent the best play that’s ever happened when I’ve been pitching,” Puk said.

It was the third time in the game Suárez hit a long fly ball, only to see it grabbed on the warning track or at the wall.

“It is hard, man, but I understand this game. Sometimes, it’s like that,” Suárez said.

Sánchez’s defensive gem made a winner out of 20-year-old rookie Eury Pérez, who dazzled in just his seventh start. Pérez limited the Mariners to just a pair of hits and pitched into the sixth for the first time. Pérez (4-1) struck out six and walked only one and helped Miami’s pitching recover after getting knocked around in the first two games of the series.

“They were swinging a lot of breaking ball pitches in the last couple of games and so we decided to attack with that with the fastball,” Pérez said. “Fastball was extraordinary today.”

Jorge Soler hit his 20th homer of the season hitting a line drive out to deep right-center field off Seattle starter Luis Castillo leading off the sixth inning. Soler hit just 13 homers in 72 games last season for the Marlins, but reached the 20-homer mark for the third time in his career.

Arraez’s chase of .400 ran into a roadblock against Seattle pitching. Arraez went 0-for-3 on Wednesday with a walk and hit by pitch, and was hitless in 12 at-bats in the series. It’s the first time this season Arraez has gone hitless in three straight games.

Pérez had some good fortune also, as two earlier flyouts by Suárez and a long fly ball from Teoscar Hernández failed to carry out of the park that might have cleared the wall on a warmer night.

Castillo (4-5) limited damage overall considering he struggled badly with his control from the outset. Castillo labored through 5 2/3 innings, giving up only two hits and two runs, but matched his career-high with six walks.

Jonathan Davis scored on a wild pitch from Castillo in the third inning, and the Marlins added a pair in the eighth on Nick Fortes’ RBI double and Davis’ sacrifice fly.

“Luis, stuff was really good, just not as sharp command wise as he normally is,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I say all that and they got just two hits off him and a couple of runs.”


Miami Marlins: Injured OF Jazz Chisholm Jr. took batting practice on the field before Wednesday’s game as he continues to recover from a right big toe injury. Manager Skip Schumaker said Chisolm would be re-evaluated Thursday and that this was the first step in eventually getting back on the field.

Seattle Mariners: RHP Penn Murfee is seeking a second opinion on his pitching elbow focused on a possible nerve issue and his ulnar collateral ligament. Manager Scott Servais said he expected Murfee to be out an extended period.


Miami Marlins: Following a travel day, Miami opens a weekend series in Washington. RHP Sandy Alcantara (2-5, 4.75) starts looking to follow up on his last outing when he pitched seven innings of one-run ball vs. the White Sox.

Seattle Mariners: After an off day, Seattle opens a three-game series with the White Sox on Friday. Rookie RHP Bryan Woo (0-1, 10.80) starts for the Mariners against RHP Michael Kopech (3-5, 4.03) for Chicago.

How will Seattle Mariners fit into Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes?

Seattle Mariners

Seattle Mariners George Kirby...

Brent Stecker

Watch: Mariners’ George Kirby breaks out rare knuckleball in tribute

On the day MLB lost a legendary knuckleball pitcher, Seattle Mariners All-Star George Kirby broke an impressive knuckler of his own.

60 minutes ago

Seattle Mariners George Kirby...

The Associated Press

Mariners wrap up 2023 season with 1-0 win over Rangers

The Seattle Mariners finished the 2023 season with a shutout, beating the Rangers 1-0 behind 6 scoreless innings by George Kirby.

21 hours ago

Seattle Mariners Cal Raleigh...

The Associated Press

Raleigh apologizes for comments after Mariners eliminated from playoff race

After making critical comments after the Seattle Mariners were eliminated from playoff contention, Cal Raleigh issued an apology.

24 hours ago

Seattle Mariners Cal Raleigh...

Shannon Drayer

Drayer: Raleigh makes strong statement after Mariners fall short

Seattle Mariners insider Shannon Drayer sets the scene from the clubhouse after the M's were eliminated from playoff contention, most notably comments by catcher Cal Raleigh.

2 days ago

Seattle Mariners...

The Associated Press

Rangers beat Mariners 6-1 to clinch as Seattle’s playoff hopes end

The Seattle Mariners fell to the Rangers 6-1, which means Texas has clinched a playoff spot and the M's can't make the postseason.

2 days ago

Seattle Mariners...

Brandon Gustafson

Mariners eliminated from playoff contention with 1 game to go

The Seattle Mariners can no longer make it into the MLB playoffs as they lost and the Houston Astros won on Saturday.

2 days ago

Sánchez makes game-saving catch, Marlins top Mariners 4-1