MLB: Trevor Williams, Nationals relievers too much for slumping Mariners

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Four Washington relievers combined for four hitless innings as the Nationals defeated visiting Seattle 3-1 Saturday, sending the Mariners to their season-worst fourth consecutive loss.

Dylan Floro (1-0) got the victory and Kyle Finnegan pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 14th save.

Keibert Ruiz went 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI and also scored a run for the Nationals.

Washington broke a 1-all tie in the bottom of the seventh inning. With one out, Jesse Winker grounded a single to center field off reliever Gabe Speier (0-2) and stole second.

Ruiz singled on a shallow fly ball to left, advancing Winker to third.

The Mariners brought in Trent Thornton to pitch and the Nationals countered with pinch-hitter Ildemaro Vargas, who grounded out on a slow roller to shortstop J.P. Crawford to score pinch-runner Victor Robles.

Joey Gallo then lined a single to right, scoring Ruiz from second to make it 3-1.

The Nationals opened the scoring in the second with some small ball. Luis Garcia Jr. led off with a single on a soft ground ball to third base. Garcia stole second and advanced to third on Winker’s bunt single to the right side of the infield.

Ruiz lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to make it 1-0.

The Mariners tied it in the fifth as Julio Rodriguez led off with a 433-foot shot to center field on a 1-2 sinker from Nationals starter Trevor Williams. It was just the third home run of the season for Rodriguez and snapped an 0-for-17 slump.

Seattle’s Dylan Moore led off the sixth with a double into the left-field corner, ending Williams’ outing. Lefty reliever Robert Garcia got Luke Raley to line out to left field and struck out Cal Raleigh and pinch-hitter Mitch Garver to get out of the inning unscathed.

Williams allowed one run on five hits in five-plus innings to lower his ERA to 2.29. The right-hander didn’t walk a batter and struck out eight.

Mariners starter Logan Gilbert went six innings and gave up one run on three hits. The right-hander didn’t walk a batter and fanned four.

Other than the second inning, the only other hit Gilbert allowed was a leadoff double by Ruiz in the fifth. Gilbert got Nick Senzel to line out to right and Gallo and Jacob Young to ground out to first to end the inning.

-Field Level Media

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