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Subject: Edwin Diaz had a rare night of struggles Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 06:40:08

PHOENIX (AP) — , facing runners on the corners with no outs in a one-run game. A rundown and two fly outs later, the Seattle closer reached a rare milestone.Now it’s time for Diaz’s manager to get a haircut.Diaz worked out of a jam in the 10th inning to become the 17th player in big league history with 50 saves in a season and Denard Span hit a solo home run in the top half to lift the Mariners a 4-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.Diaz made a bet with Scott Servais in April that he’d hit 50 saves this season and now the Mariners manager has to pay up by getting a haircut like his closer’s — possibly as early as Sunday.“They said they had a barber here, so he might get it tomorrow,” Diaz said. “Let’s see what happens.”Arizona took a 3-1 lead in the seventh on A.J. Pollock’s broken-bat, two-run single, but the Diamondbacks couldn’t hold it.Brad Boxberger walked a batter and gave up a single to put runners at the corners in the ninth. Kyle Seager hit a two-run double just inside the line in right to tie it.“He just hit it in the right spot and that’s what happened,” Boxberger said. “It just didn’t work out today.”Jake Diekman (0-1) got the first out of the 10th before Span sent a drive onto the pool deck in right-center for the go-ahead run.Arizona had runners at the corners after a pair of singles off Diaz in the 10th, but Paul Goldschmidt got caught in a rundown trying to score on David Peralta’s grounder to third. Diaz got Nick Ahmed and Ketel Marte to fly out to reach the 50-save milestone and win his haircut bet.“It’s all in good fun,” Servais said. “It’s really hard to get 50 saves in this game.”Alex Colome (5-5) worked around Pollock’s two-out infield single in the ninth and Mitch Haniger led off the game with a long homer for the Mariners.Eduardo Escobar hit a solo homer for the Diamondbacks, who went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position to drop into a tie with Colorado atop the NL West.“These are grinding, tough losses, but this group has been resilient, very tough and they’ll be ready to play tomorrow Lance McCullers Jersey ,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.Arizona starter Robbie Ray had command problems in his last start, walking five while allowing three runs on two hits in 4 1/3 innings of a win over San Diego.The left-hander had trouble almost immediately against the Mariners, watching his second pitch of the night sail deep to center for a home run by Haniger. The Mariners loaded the bases as Ray bounced several curveballs in the dirt, but he struck out Seager Mike Zunino to escape the jam.Ray pitched out of another bases-loaded jam in the fourth, leaving after allowing a run and five hits in five innings.Mariners starter Wade LeBlanc was coming off a shaky outing of his own, giving up five earned runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings of a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.The left-hander gave up the homer to Escobar in the first, but limited the Diamondbacks to three hits over the next four innings. He allowed a run and struck out six in six innings.HONORING MCCAINThe Diamondbacks paid tribute to John McCain by posting a picture of the Arizona Senator on the video board, drawing a standing ovation from the crowd. An avid sports fan and supporter of Arizona’s teams, McCain died on Saturday after battling brain cancer. He was 81.DIAZ’S DOMINANCEThe Mariners are still in the mix for the AL West title at 5 1/2 games behind Houston and are four games behind Oakland in the wild-card race. Diaz is a big reason for it.The left-hander broke Eric Gagne’s single-season record with his 25th save in a one-run game and the Mariners are 59-0 when he enters a game with the lead.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: LHP James Paxton (bruised left forearm) will throw a bullpen Tuesday and likely be slotted back into the rotation next weekend against Oakland.UP NEXTDiamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke is 5-1 with a 2.24 ERA in 12 career games (10 starts) against Seattle heading into Sunday. RHP Mike Leake will pitch for the Mariners after missing his previous turn with an illness. The Tampa Bay Rays are miles away from any kind of postseason contention as the season runs down, but that doesn’t mean Kevin Cash’s young team can’t continue to have some fun.The Rays have won six straight games to get to a season-high seven games above .500. The streak started with Jalen Beeks coming out of the bullpen to beat his former team last Sunday — and win No. 6 turned out to be the same thing.There were four wins over the lowly Kansas City Royals during the week — but Nos. 1 and 6 came over the sizzling Boston Red Sox. The Rays and Red Sox meet again Saturday.Article continues below ...Rookie Willy Adames, hitting .395 in his last 13 games, belted a 420-foot home run to dead center, went 2-for-3 , stole a base and had two RBIs and three runs scored in the 10-3 rout of the first-place Red Sox. He is hitting .362 with five homers and 13 RBIs in August.Asked on television what he would say to people who don’t like the future of this young group, Adames smiled and said, “They better start changing their minds because we coming in hot.”“It’s nice sometimes to repay the favor — they’ve done it to us quite a bit,” Cash said of the Red Sox.The only negative on the night for the Rays was Mallex Smith, who has been outstanding, landed in the hospital with a viral infection that sends him to the disabled list. Cash didn’t think it was serious, but it’s serious enough for the hospital and the DL.Rookie Ryan Yarbrough, who leads the major leagues with 10 relief wins (and is 12-5), will start Saturday night as he faces 15-game winner Rick Porcello in Game 2 of the series — with ace Rick Snell set to face former Ray Nate Eovaldi in Sunday’s finale.Hector Velazquez, a hard-luck loser to the Rays last Sunday, couldn’t get out of the third inning Friday night as the Rays stroked six straight two-out singles.Porcello, 15-6 with a 4.14 ERA, has had two poor starts in his last three outings Alex Bregman Jersey , yielding 12 earned runs and 12 hits in 11 innings around a good start in Philadelphia.The Red Sox fell to 90-40 and saw their lead atop the American League East shrink back to 8 1/2 games over the New York Yankees, losing to the young pitcher they dealt for Eovaldi.“We hit him hard today,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said of Beeks. “There were like six at-bats that we hit lasers everywhere. But he spotted his fastball. That’s what we know about the kid, but, hey to get Nate Eovaldi you’re going to give up good players and he’s a good pitcher.“He made some pitches when he had to but we hit him hard today.”Boston had 13 hits Friday night, but all were singles. They are 19-23 in games they don’t hit a homer, 71-17 in games they do.“It was a good night for them, a bad one for us,” Cora said.The Rays roster is hitting a cumulative .259 (37-for-143) against Porcello. Matt Duffy is 7-for-18 (.389), Carlos Gomez 3-for-9 (.333) and Joey Wendle 3-for-10 (.300), but Mallex Smith is just 4-for-22 (.182), Kevin Kiermaier 10-for-45 (.222) and C.J. Cron 3-for-13 (.231).Yarbrough has faced the Red Sox three times in relief this season, going 1-0 with nine strikeouts while allowing three earned runs in eight innings.Mitch Moreland Carlos Beltran Jersey , out for the Red Sox after suffering a left knee bruise in the first inning Thursday, missed the game, Cora reporting his first baseman was “feeling a lot better,” Friday. With the Rays starting a lefty Saturday night, Moreland would likely sit.Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright, still trying to come back from knee surgery and then a setback, threw a positive 35-pitch batting practice Friday.Also Friday, the Red Sox promoted their top position prospect, Michael Chavis, who served a PED suspension earlier this season, to Triple-A. He responded with a home run and two doubles in his first three Triple-A at-bats.

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