The Seattle Mariners stole the show at Coors Field on Tuesday night by Connor Joe.
The M mashed up against Rockies All-Star German Marquez, opening the door to Seattle’s 6-4 victory on a rare night. The Rockies, who dominated at home, lost their last four games at Coors for the third time.
Joe, a Rockies favorite, hit the first homer of his career, adding a double and assisting with a fine throw at second base. To add to his feel-good story was this: Tuesday marks a year since he was declared cancer-free after battling testicular cancer.
Colorado (41–54) capped the game with an eighth of two runs driven by a leadoff triple from Charlie Blackmon and a subsequent two-run homer from CJ Cron. But it wasn’t enough against the Mariners (51-44), who survive the American League wild-card hunt.
Marquez appeared to run along, looking like the ace who set a 4-0 record with 0.75 ERA in his last five starts. During that stretch, he limited opponents to just 12 hits (.103 average), with 34 strikeouts and only six walks.
But in the sixth of their four runs, the Mariners fought Bryson DeChambeau on the Marquez at par-5. He hit five hits in the innings, including a two-run double by Cal Raleigh and a two-run homer by Dylan Moore.
The rally took some shine from Joe’s two-run, fifth-innings homer. Joe, called from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday, hit Marco Gonzales’ first pitch fastball 433 feet and into the woods just beyond center field. Joe reached second base before slowing down to something like a home run trot.
Mitch Hanniger advanced the Mariners’ sixth with a line drive into the left field corner, where Joe scooped it up and threw out Hanniger who was trying to spread his hit into the double.
Joe hit a two-out double in the seventh but was trapped with Trevor Storey. The Rockies finished the night 2-for-9 with the runners in the scoring position.
Gonzales, a graduate of Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, did well. In five innings he was charged with two runs for six hits. He walked three and hit three. He was in trouble in the fourth, dropping a leadoff single to Blackmon, then a walk to Ryan McMahon, before bringing Elias Diaz into an innings-ending double play.
The Mariners, 6-2 in their last eight games, salted the game with a seventh of two runs, a two-run double hit by Ty France off reliever Tyler Kinley.