Sam Haggerty and Eugenio Suárez each hit a solo homer, George Kirby pitched in the seventh inning and the Mariners beat Atlanta 3-1.
SEATTLE (AP) — Sam Haggerty and Eugenio Suárez each hit a solo homer, George Kirby pitched in the seventh inning and the Seattle Mariners beat Atlanta 3-1 on Saturday night to end the Braves’ eight-game winning streak.
A day after the Braves captured sole first place in the NL East for the first time all season, they once again fell a half-game behind the Mets after New York beat Miami earlier in the night.
It was another night of dominant pitching, and two big hitters by the Mariners against Atlanta starter Max Fried proved crucial.
Haggerty hit the first pitch of the fifth inning to left field for his fifth home run. Suárez followed an inning later, hitting a two-out shot at center for his 28th of the season. It was the first time Fried had allowed multiple homers in one start this year.
Julio Rodríguez lined a two-out RBI double in seventh off-relief Jesse Chavez, who didn’t stop rolling until he hit the right midfield wall and Adam Frazier scored from the start.
Seattle won a game in Tampa Bay and didn’t lose ground in the close race for three American League wildcards.
Kirby (7-3) excelled in the 21st start of his rookie season and only some bad luck kept him from throwing deeper. He has batted six, missed no batter, and has a 1.99 ERA in his last 11 starts.
Kirby knocked out the Braves on two hits for six innings and retired 12 straight until Dansby Swanson’s base hit led the seventh. Austin Riley hit what looked like a double-play ball, but he bounced off shortstop JP Crawford due to a gauntlet error, putting the runners in first and third place with no outs.
Andrés Muñoz took over and limited the damage to a run that hit Matt Olson’s groundout. Erik Swanson finished the Braves in the eighth and Paul Sewald threw the ninth for his 19th save.
Fried (13-6) made his first start in interleague games this season and had won his previous nine starts against AL teams. His final line almost mirrored Kirby’s, pitching six innings and knocking out six, but the two homers proved the difference. In his 14 starts so far, Fried had allowed a total of two home runs
The game was played while the Puget Sound region was engulfed in smoke from nearby wildfires. Conditions worsened Friday but deteriorated significantly after a new fire broke out overnight about 65 miles northeast of Seattle. During the day, ash fell across the region and air quality levels during the game were in the 170 range, which is considered unhealthy.
It also began to affect the game on the field. Atlanta right fielder Robbie Grossman briefly lost a pop in the sky before recovering in time to make the catch in the fifth inning. In the sixth, Suárez never saw a foul on Grossman’s bat, which fell on the dirt in front of the Braves’ dugout.
Braves: RHP Jake Odorizzi (5-5, 3.90 ERA) makes his fourth start of the season against Seattle. Odorizzi is 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA in his previous three, all with Houston. He’s 4-6 in 16 career starts against the Mariners.
Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (10-13, 3.98) is making his 28th start of the season and is trying to recover from a loss in his last game when he pitched seven innings and conceded three runs for the Chicago White Sox.
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