MLB: Julio Rodriguez, Mariners surge past Nationals

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Julio Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs as the Seattle Mariners defeated the host Washington Nationals 9-5 on Sunday afternoon.

Ty France also went deep and singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning for the American League West-leading Mariners, who blew a 4-0 lead before rallying to snap a four-game skid.

Joey Gallo and CJ Abrams homered for the Nationals, who were trying to sweep the three-game interleague series.

Mariners reliever Austin Voth (2-0) got the victory.

After falling behind 5-4, the Mariners rallied in the eighth. J.P. Crawford led off with a double to center off Dylan Floro (1-1). With one out, Crawford advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored the tying run as Rodriguez grounded a single up the middle. Rodriguez stole second and scored on France’s two-out single to right.

The Mariners scored three more times in the ninth as Dylan Moore was hit by a bases-loaded pitch from Jordan Weems and Rodriguez lined a two-run single to right.

Abrams hit a three-run homer high off the foul pole in right field in the seventh off reliever Ryne Stanek to give the Nationals a 5-4 lead. That came after a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Jesse Winker.

The Mariners opened the scoring with an unearned run in the second.

Seattle scored three more times in the fourth to take a 4-0 lead. Rodriguez led off by going deep to left center, his second consecutive game with a home run. Mitch Garver drew a walk and France homered to left.

Gallo got the Nationals on the scoreboard with a solo shot to right center with two outs in the fifth.

Mariners right-hander Bryan Woo, making just his fifth start after beginning the season on the injured list (right elbow inflammation), allowed three runs on five hits in six-plus innings, with no walks and one strikeout. He left with a 4-1 lead and two runners on base.

Nationals lefty Patrick Corbin gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits over six innings, with two walks and four strikeouts.

–Field Level Media

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