Motter helps Mariners rally past Phillies

Motter helps Mariners rally past Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- The Mariners lost Robinson Cano early Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park, but the man that replaced him had the big ninth-inning hit that capped a 10-9 victory over the Phillies.

Taylor Motter ripped a two-out double into the left-field corner against Phillies closer Hector Neris to score Jean Segura, handing the Mariners the victory.

"I knew I was going to get in the game eventually, being a National League game," said Motter, a rookie utility infielder who has already delivered 15 RBIs this season. "It happened a little earlier than we expected when Cano went down. Hopefully, he's better tomorrow. But I'm just happy to get in and help the team win."

The Phillies blew 4-0 and 9-5 leads as Mariners right fielder Ben Gamel had an epic night.

Must C: Gamel, Motter play hero

Gamel not only went 4-for-5 with one double, one home run, one walk and four RBIs, but he threw out Daniel Nava at the plate to end the eighth inning to keep the game tied. The Mariners (16-17) can move to .500 with a victory in Wednesday's series finale. The Phillies (13-18) have lost nine of their last 11 games.

"That was a tough one to lose," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "They just kept picking away at us."


Eickhoff struggles again: The Phillies took a 4-0 lead in the first inning following back-to-back home runs from Michael Saunders and Tommy Joseph. But Phillies right-hander Jerad Eickhoff could not hold the lead as he allowed a two-run homer to Cano in the third and a three-run homer to Gamel in the fourth to hand the Mariners a 5-4 lead. Eickhoff lasted just 3 2/3 innings, making it the shortest outing of his 48-start career. Eickhoff has allowed 14 earned runs in 15 innings in his last three starts.

Cano's two-run long ball

"Poor command," Mackanin said about Eickhoff. "I've never seen him where he didn't have a good idea with most of his pitches. We haven't seen him like that."

Mariners storm back: Aaron Altherr hit a three-run home run in the fourth as the Phillies sent 11 batters to the plate and scored five runs against Ariel Miranda and Jean Machi to take a 9-5 lead. But the Mariners scored three runs in the sixth -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco's two-out error led to two unearned runs -- and a run in the seventh to tie the game. Gamel provided the damage in the seventh, hitting a double to left field to score Segura.

"Awesome win," said manager Scott Servais. "The guys did not quit at any point in that game. We just kept grinding an at-bat at a time and kept the line moving. They did it tonight. That was fun."

Diaz closes the door with a K

"We've got a lot of young guys here and I don't think we really know how to give up. It's just a hard-nosed battle for all of us. We're blue-collar guys who want to win ballgames. I think that's where it comes from." -- Motter, on the Mariners twice coming from four runs down.

"I was fighting myself. I was having trouble repeating my delivery, which is unusual." -- Eickhoff, on his pitching performance


Odubel Herrera's double to right field in the first inning left his bat at 114.6 mph, according to Statcast™. That not only is the hardest-hit ball of Herrera's career, it is the hardest-hit ball by any Phillies player since Statcast™ began in 2015.

Herrera's RBI double

Cano did his damage early with a two-run homer in the third and a double in the fourth, but the seven-time All-Star had to come out of the game in the bottom of fourth after straining a right quadriceps muscle while legging out the double. Servais said he's day-to-day, but it's unlikely he'll be able to bounce back in time for Wednesday's day game.

Cano gets looked at, leaves game

Franco went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and one error. He also got jammed in the eighth inning, sending a fly ball to shallow right field, which allowed Gamel to throw out Nava at the plate. Franco is hitting .208 and is hitless in his last 14 at-bats.

"He's a little down right now. He knows he's not playing at his best," Mackanin said. "I'll probably give him a day off tomorrow to think about it and regroup. He looks a little confused at this point in time."

The Mariners won a challenge and the Phillies lost a challenge on the same play in the top of the first inning. The Mariners challenge the call that Gamel was out at second base on an inning-ending double play. Replay overturned the call. The Phillies then challenged that Gamel violated the no-slide rule on the same play, but replay said he did not.

Gamel safe at second

Mariners: Veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo (1-3, 4.46 ERA) will look to continue his success against the Phillies in Wednesday's 10:05 a.m. PT series finale. The 31-year-old is 4-0 with a 3.08 ERA in four prior meetings while with Milwaukee.

Phillies: Right-hander Zach Eflin (0-0, 2.42 ERA) faces the Mariners in the series finale. Eflin has pitched seven innings in each of his previous three starts. He has not allowed more than three runs in any of his four starts.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

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