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Settling the Scores: Saturday’s results

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Taijuan Walker was putty in the hands of the Angels on Saturday night. After Yunel Escobar left the game with a contusion on his left hand, the result of an errant first pitch, the rest of the lineup took turns destroying Walker’s 4.19 ERA with a six-run, three-homer effort in the first 2/3 of the first inning.

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte came in to clean up the mess, but inadvertently gave up three runs instead, catapulting the Angels to the top of the scoreboard with a nine-run lead and eight innings still left to play. It was sweet, sweet revenge for the Angels, who were similarly trounced on Friday night after the Mariners took the series opener, 11-8.

Seattle rebounded in the bottom of the first inning with Franklin Gutierrez‘s 21st home run of the season, followed by a Robinson Cano ground-rule double that skimmed the top of the left field wall and put him at 30 on the year. Cano has now produced at least 30 doubles in each of his last twelve seasons, joining Stan Musial, Tris Speaker, and Honus Wagner as the only major league players to do so.

In the second and third innings, respectively, Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols hit their second homers of the night, giving Venditte a workout as he switched from his left arm, to his right, to his left, and back again. Jefry Marte padded the Angels’ seven-run lead in the fourth with an RBI single, and despite a long ball from Nelson Cruz in the bottom of the frame, the Angels coasted to an easy 10-3 finish.

At any other point in the season, an implosion of double-digit proportions might have been dismissed as an anomaly, but Walker hasn’t looked himself since returning from the 15-day disabled list with a right foot injury. Heading into Saturday, the right-hander sported a 6.88 ERA over his past three outings, totaling 14 runs, six walks, and eight strikeouts in 17 innings. With the Mariners sitting just five games out of a wild card spot, they’ll have to hope Walker displays even a modicum of the dominance he did back in June, or else trust that the bullpen and offense can cover for his mistakes.

Here are the rest of the box scores for Saturday’s games. Keep an eye out for the Twins’ eight-run inning, Rich Hill‘s no-hit attempt, Kevin Gausman‘s two-hitter, and Yoan Moncada‘s first major league hit.

Giants 3, Cubs 2

Rangers 12, Astros 4

Reds 9, Cardinals 1

Rays 7, Blue Jays 5

Braves 6, Phillies 4 (10 innings)

Brewers 7, Pirates 4

Orioles 2, Yankees 0

Twins 11, White Sox 3

Indians 8, Marlins 3

Mets 3, Nationals 1

Royals 5, Tigers 2

Diamondbacks 9, Rockies 4

Red Sox 11, Athletics 2

Angels 10, Mariners 3

Dodgers 5, Padres 1

Giants beat Mariners again in road game playing at home

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SAN FRANCISCO — The nomadic Seattle Mariners are taking their bats from the Bay Area to Southern California for three more “home games” on the road.

Wilmer Flores hit a go-ahead, two-run triple in the seventh inning of the San Francisco Giants‘ 6-4 win Thursday that sent Seattle to a second home defeat played in San Francisco’s ballpark because of dangerous air quality in Western Washington.

The series was moved because of smoke from all the West Coast wildfires. Now, the Mariners are altering their air travel reservations once more and headed to San Diego for a weekend series at Petco Park.

“It’s disappointing, but its the world we’re living in in 2020,” Mariners starter Nick Margevicius said. “There’s a lot of things we can’t control, a lot of things in the season, a lot of things in the world right now.”

Darin Ruf homered in the second inning to back Giants starter Tyler Anderson, who hurt his own cause when he was ejected in the bottom of the third by plate umpire Edwin Moscoso for emphatically expressing his displeasure with a walk to Kyle Lewis.

“Tyler knows that that just can’t happen,” mangaer Gabe Kapler said. “It puts us in a really tough spot.”

Wandy Peralta followed Anderson and threw 49 pitches over a career-high three innings, and Rico Garcia (1-1) worked one inning for his first major league win. Sam Selman finished for his first career save, stranding two runners when Lewis lined out and Kyle Seager flied out.

“Peralta came up huge for us,” Kapler said. “As tough as that was it was equally rewarding and in some ways inspiring to see him come out and give us the length that he did and battle. It gave us a chance to climb back into the game. I thought our guys continued to be resilient.”

JP Crawford hit a two-run single in the second following RBI singles by Tim Lopes and Phillip Ervin, but Seattle’s bullpen couldn’t hold a three-run lead.

Margevicius was staked to an early lead but Kendall Graveman (0-3) couldn’t hold it. The Mariners capitalized in the second after Anderson hit Seager in the backside.

Seattle has fared better against San Diego this season after losing all four to San Francisco. Manager Scott Servais had prepared himself for the possibility his club might have to stay on the road a little longer.

“I think with our players and everybody else it was going to be a two-day trip. That’s what we were led to believe that everything was going to clear up in Seattle,” Servais said. “We can’t control the weather it’s bigger than all of us and with what’s going on there with the smoke. Certainly understand why we have to go but I don’t think anybody was really prepared for it.”

Brandon Crawford contributed a sacrifice fly and Evan Longoria and Alex Dickerson RBI singles for the Giants.

Austin Slater returned at designated hitter for San Francisco and went 0 for 2 with a walk as he works back from a painful right elbow. Luis Basabe singled in the sixth for his first career hit and also stole his first base.

“I didn’t think about it,” said Basabe, who will gift the special souvenir ball to his mother. “I was just happy to get the opportunity.”

Justin Smoak made his Giants home debut as a pinch hitter in the sixth facing his former club after he signed a minor league deal earlier this month following his release by the Brewers.

Anderson, who was trying to win consecutive starts for the first time this season, received his second career ejection. The other was Aug. 13, 2016, while with Colorado.