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With some help, Kyle Seager belts three homers against Tigers

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Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager didn’t need any help hitting two homers on Tuesday night in Detroit. His first home run, off of lefty Matthew Boyd, cleared the fence in right field to give the Mariners a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning. He stepped back to the plate in the sixth against Boyd, this time with two men on base, crushing a no-doubt three-run home run down the right field line.

Seager got some assistance for his third homer of the night. Facing José Cisnero with a runner on first base and two outs, Seager drilled a 96 MPH fastball out to left center field. Left fielder Brandon Dixon and center fielder Niko Goodrum converged. Goodrum got to the ball first, but it glanced off of his glove and over the fence, giving Seager another home run to boost the Mariners’ lead to 11-6. José Canseco watched somewhere, smiling.

There have been 19 three-homer games this season. That’s tied with the 2016 season for the second-most three-homer games in a single season league-wide. 2001 has the most with 22 such games.

This is the first three-homer game of Seager’s nine-year career. He had eight two-homer games previously. After Tuesday’s effort, he’s hitting .237/.311/.466 with 14 homers, 34 RBI, and 33 runs scored in 264 plate appearances this season.

Chris Archer exits start after one inning due to apparent injury

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Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.

Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.

The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.