SEATTLE (AP) — Seth Smith hit his first career grand slam, homering for the fourth straight game and leading the Seattle Mariners over the Baltimore Orioles 9-4 Sunday for a four-game sweep.
Seattle had 31 runs and 47 hits, including 23 for extra bases, in sweeping the AL East leaders.
Hisashi Iwakuma (8-6) allowed four runs and 10 hits in six-plus innings.
Ubaldo Jimenez (5-8) gave up six runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings.
With the game scoreless in the third, Chris Iannetta walked leading off, Ketel Marte blooped a single and Leonys Martin reached when he bunted, Jimenez picked up the ball and looked to throw to third, only to find Manny Machado and charged in and the base was uncovered. Smith’s 10th homer put the Mariners ahead 4-0.
Mark Trumbo’s solo homer and J.J. Hardy’s two-run double pulled Baltimore to 4-3 in the fourth, but Ketel Marte had an RBI doulble in the bottom half and Jimenez balked with two outs and runners at the corners, breaking his hands and stopping his motion when Martin took off to steal second.
Trumbo had an RBI single against Edwin Diaz in the seventh, cutting Seattle’s lead to 6-4. Kyle Seager hit a two-run double off Ariel Miranda in the bottom half and scored on Adam Lind’s double.
Mariners RHP Edwin Diaz matched Randy Johnson’s franchise record by recording 10 consecutive outs with strikeouts. In his last four appearances, Diaz has allowed three hits in four innings with10 strikeouts. Johnson accomplished the feat over two starts in July 1997.
Orioles 3B Pedro Alvarez is heading to the Dominican Republic after Sunday’s series finale in Seattle after his grandfather’s death. Alvarez is expected to miss a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers before rejoining the team in Baltimore for Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels.
Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez had another bullpen session on Sunday and is to throw a simulated game on Tuesday in Houston. If all goes well, he is expected to throw two rehab starts beginning July 10 with Class A Everett. Hernandez has been on the disabled list since June 1 with a strained right calf.
Orioles: RHP Yovani Gallardo (3-1) is to start Monday at the Dodgers. He is 2-0 with a 4.41 ERA in three starts since returning to the rotation on June 18 following a stint on the DL caused by right biceps tendinitis.
Mariners: LHP Wade Miley (6-4) will start at Houston, his second outing since returning from the DL. Miley allowed five runs and seven hits in against Pittsburgh on Wednesday.