MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Jorge Soler and Miguel Rojas homered and the Miami Marlins won their sixth straight game, beating the Seattle Mariners 8-6 Friday night.
Soler’s homer in the first inning bounced off a column behind the left-center field pavilion and was measured at 468 feet, the third-longest in the major leagues this season.
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Jesús Sánchez’s two-run single with the bases loaded against Mariners starter Matt Brash capped a four-run second inning.
Jesús Aguilar and Jacob Stallings also had RBI singles that stretched the Marlins’ lead to 6-3.
Miami increased its lead on Rojas’ two-run homer in the third.
A day after getting hit in the jaw with a pitch against Washington, Rojas powered a fastball from Mariners’ reliever Matthew Festa over the wall in left for his first homer of the season.
Marlins starter Elieser Hernández settled down after a difficult second and limited Seattle to three runs over five innings.
Hernández (2-1) scattered five hits, struck out five, and walked one.
Seattle rallied with three runs in the ninth on Jarred Kelenic’s one-out RBI double against reliever Shawn Armstrong.
Anthony Bender relieved Armstrong and allowed Luis Torrens’ sacrifice fly and Adam Frazier’s run-scoring single before retiring Ty France on a force out for his fifth save.
Brash (1-2) was lifted after two innings.
The right-hander allowed six runs, seven hits, struck out three, and walked two.
The Mariners quickly erased a two-run deficit on Torrens’ bases-clearing double for a 3-2 advantage in the second.
Mitch Haniger singled to lead off the second in his return from the injured list but was replaced by pinch-runner Abraham Torro because of a right ankle sprain.
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Haniger missed 11 games after entering COVID protocols and was reactivated Friday.
The Mariners designated RHP Matt Koch for assignment.
Koch had four relief appearances in his one-month stint with the club.
RARE MIAMI APPEARANCE
Despite 25 years of interleague play, the Mariners’ visits to Miami have been scarce.
The current three-game series is Seattle’s first in Miami since 2014, and the only other visit against the NL club was another three-game set in 2005.
Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (left forearm contusion) threw a bullpen session Friday and is scheduled to make his next start against Houston on Monday.
Marlins: RHP Dylan Floro (right rotator cuff tendinitis) is scheduled to make a relief appearance Saturday at Triple-A Jacksonville.
LHP Robbie Ray (2-1, 3.91) will start the middle game of the series for the Mariners on Saturday, while the Marlins will go with LHP Jesús Luzardo (1-1, 3.77).
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