Winker homers, Mariners sweep Nats for 10th straight win

Jesse Winker hit his second solo homer of the day and the Seattle Mariners won their 10th straight game by defeating the Washington Nationals 2-1 to sweep a doubleheader.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jesse Winker hit his second solo homer of the day and the Seattle Mariners won their 10th straight game, beating the Washington Nationals 2-1 on Wednesday night to sweep a doubleheader.

The Mariners have 10 straight wins for the first time since April 8–17, 2002. Their only extended winning streak was a 15-game run from May 23 to June 8, 2001 — the last year they made the playoffs. Seattle is second in the AL West, well behind Houston but right in wildcard competition.

The Mariners won the opener 6-4, hitting a three-run homer from Eugenio Suárez and six solid innings from Chris Flexen, who won his fourth straight start.

Winker also scored in the afternoon game, his first after serving a six-game suspension for his role in a June 26 brawl with the Los Angeles Angels.

Tommy Milone (1-1) pitched for 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to win the nightcap.

All-Star Juan Soto extended his scoring streak to 15 games when he hit his second homer in the ninth inning of the day, a solo blast to the top deck straight from Paul Sewald. Lane Thomas made two outs before Sewald Ehire defeated Adrianza for his second save of the day and 12th of the year.

Thomas had two hits and a walk for the Nationals, who have lost six straight games and 12 of 13, falling to 30-60, their worst record in the majors.

Washington starter Erick Fedde (5-7) allowed two runs with six hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Fedde took a shutout in the sixth, but Winker homed with an out. Adam Frazier hit a sacrificial fly on reliever Steve Cishek later in the inning.

The Nationals loaded the bases with a single and two walks against Matt Brash with two outs in the seventh, but Diego Castillo came on to beat pinch-hitter Keibert Ruiz.

Adam Frazier and Cal Raleigh also hit solo homers for Seattle on the opener.

Flexen (6-8) held a 3-0 lead before throwing a throw and giving up a run on six hits while walking two and batting one. He has a 2.88 ERA in his last seven starts.

Soto, caught in a rundown between the third and home at Nelson Cruz’s double late in the seventh, hit a three-run, two-out homer on Penn Murfee in the ninth to make it 6-4. But Sewald pulled Cruz back to end it.

Washington starter Josiah Gray (7-6) allowed five runs on six hits, three of them home runs, in five innings. He walked three and struck seven.

Gray struggled with his control early on, walking two of the first three batters in the first inning before Suárez homed to the left.


Seattle overtook Baltimore for the longest current streak in the majors. The Orioles won nine straight games against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.


Nationals: RHP Tanner Rainey was put on the 60-day injured list with a right UCL sprain and veteran RHP Tyler Clippard was called up from Triple-A Rochester. Rainey was 1-3 with 12 saves and a 3.30 ERA in 29 games.


Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (5-9, 3.24 ERA) hits opener of four-game streak in Texas. He’s 8-7 with a 3.75 ERA in 19 starts against Rangers.

Nationals: RHP Aníbal Sánchez makes his first major league appearance since 2020 as the Nationals open a four-game series against the Braves. Sanchez, who sat out last year, was on the 60-day list with cervical nerve impingement. Winker homers, Mariners sweep Nats for 10th straight win

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