Worth noting

• First baseman Jesus Montero hit his team-leading seventh home run of the season on Wednesday for Triple-A Tacoma in an 8-0 victory at Sacramento. Montero's three-run shot was his fifth homer in his last eight games. He's hitting .288 and is leading the team in RBIs with 21 through 20 games.

• Going into Thursday's game, the Mariners were 10-9 against teams with a .500-or-better record at the time they played and 1-5 against sub-.500 clubs.

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