Mariners use long ball to slug their way past Rays

The Mariners won 12-4

Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier (39) slides safely into second base ahead of a tag from Seattle Mariners shortstop Taylor Motter on a double during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, June 2, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE (AP) – Danny Valencia hit a three-run homer and tied a career high with five RBIs, Taylor Motter connected for a first-inning grand slam off Jake Odorizzi, and the Seattle Mariners routed the Tampa Bay Rays 12-4 on Friday night.

Seattle jumped on Odorizzi (3-3) for five runs in the first, although none were earned after Brad Miller’s error at second base helped create the big inning. Valencia started his night with a two-out, bases-loaded walk and Motter followed with his second slam of the season. He also hit one April 23 at Oakland.

While Motter’s sixth homer staked Seattle to a big early lead, Valencia’s fifth home run broke things open. Despite being out in front on a breaking ball, Valencia was able to keep his bat back long enough to line Odorizzi’s final pitch of the night into the bullpen in left field for a three-run shot and an 8-0 advantage.