On Jackie Robinson Day, which celebrated the 74th anniversary of the breaking of the color barrier in Major League Baseball, the Seattle Mariners, fittingly, defeated the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 in the first game of a twin bill en route to a sweep and a 3-1 series win that vaulted the M's (8-5) into first place in the American League West.

In the first game, Seattle fell behind 2-0. In the top of the 5th inning, right fielder Mitch Haniger launched a massive homer into the Mariners bullpen to tie the game. Seattle then tacked on another two-spot the following inning and held on to win despite only accruing 5 hits in the contest. Marco Gonzales (1-1) had his best outing to date tossing 5 innings while surrendering 3 hits and 2 runs. He issued 2 walks and struck out 5 batters. Kendall Graveman closed out the game and tallied his second save of the 2021 season.

In the second game, Haniger again blasted a pitch, his 4th of the year, into the bullpen area in the 5th inning to give the M's a lead that they would not relinquish on way to a 2-1 victory. Left Fielder Dylan Moore got the scoring started for Seattle with a solo shot in the third inning. Starting pitcher Justin Dunn bounced back from a poor showing in his first start of the campaign to pick up his first win (1-0). Dunn also hurled 5 innings giving up just 2 hits while allowing just a single run. He also issued 2 free passes and K'd a half dozen Orioles batters,


With the pair of wins, Seattle has won 5 out of their last 6 games.

Seattle looks to continue their current hot streak when they open a 5-game home stand starting tomorrow night with the first of a three-game set with AL West division rivals Houston Astros followed by a brief two-game series with defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. First pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m.

Mariners Sweep Oriioles in Doubleheader on Jackie Robinson Day

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