Julio Rodriguez became the fastest player in MLB history to hit 15 homers and 20 stolen bases.
SAN DIEGO — Award-winning rookie Julio Rodriguez hit a monster two-run homer, Cal Raleigh drove in four runs and Chris Flexen threw the Seattle Mariners 8-2 past the San Diego Padres on Monday.
The Mariners won for the third straight season and sixth in seven games. The Padres gave their home fans little to celebrate on Bank Holiday afternoon as they lost for the eighth time in 11 games.
Flexen (5-8) and three helpers worked together to knock out the Padres, who have scored just 10 runs in their last five games. They needed a ninth-inning rally to beat NL West rivals the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 on Sunday and avoid a four-game sweep.
San Diego didn’t score Monday until Trent Grisham hit a two-run homer with an out in the ninth.
The Mariners and Padres share a spring training complex in Peoria, Arizona, and were considered natural rivals by MLB for scheduling purposes.
Rodriguez drove a 2-0 pitch from left-hander Sean Manaea (3-4) to the fourth-floor balcony of Western Metal Supply Co.’s brick warehouse in the left corner of Petco Park with an out in the fourth to make the Mariners 4-0 bring into the lead. It was his 15th homer this season and 12th in his last 40 games. Dylan Moore was on board on a leadoff single.
Rodriguez became the first player in big league history to hit 15 home runs and 20+ stolen bases in his first 81 games.
Manaea followed Rodriguez’s homer by loading the bases and was replaced by Tayler Scott, who retired five straight Mariners batters, including hitting the side in the fifth before getting into trouble in the sixth.
Rodriguez opened the sixth by matching third baseman Manny Machado’s throwing error. JP Crawford singled and Carlos Santana walked for the third time to load bases. Raleigh then doubled to the right center gap to clear bases and make it 7-0.
Flexen didn’t allow a baserunner until he passed Machado with an out in the fourth. He was drawn after running Kim Ha-seong with two outs in heat seven to put runners in first and third place. Erik Swanson joined and accompanied Trent Grisham to load the bases before taking Jurickson Profar to fly out.
Flexen held San Diego to four hits in 6 2/3 innings, batting out eight and walking three.
The Mariners jumped on Manaea for two runs with three hits and a walk in the first. Raleigh hit a grounder in the first heat and Abraham Toro hit an RBI double.
Manaea allowed four runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. He walked four and hit three.
Mariners OF Jesse Winker served a six-game suspension on June 26 for his role in a brawl with the Angels. His original penalty was seven games. Crawford returned to the lineup after serving a four-game suspension.
Mariners RHP Logan Gilbert (9-3, 2.26 ERA) and Padres RHP Mike Clevinger (2-0, 2.79) are scheduled to start in the finals of the two-game series Tuesday afternoon.
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