Pinch hitter Tommy Edman hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals rallied for a 5-2 victory against the host Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.
The Cardinals scored all five of their runs in the ninth to win for just the second time in their past eight games. Right-hander John Brebbia (2-3) pitched 2 1/3 perfect innings of relief, striking out six of the seven batters he faced, to get the victory.
Mariners right-hander Mike Leake, who played for the Cardinals in 2016 and ‘17, tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just five hits. The right-hander didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven, but he wound up with a no-decision when the bullpen blew a 2-0 lead in the ninth.
Right-hander Austin Adams (1-1), who earned his first major league victory Wednesday in the series opener, got out of the eighth and went back out for the ninth in a bid for his first career save. However, Jose Martinez led off the inning by grounding a single into right field, and an out later, Paul Goldschmidt grounded a single to left and Tyler O’Neill walked to load the bases.
Dexter Fowler greeted left-hander Roenis Elias with a line-drive single to right to thwart the shutout bid. Yadier Molina lined a sacrifice fly to left to tie the score at 2-2.
Edman, batting for Kolten Wong, hit a 2-2 pitch over the wall in left-center field to put the Cardinals ahead.
Dylan Moore hit a home run for the Mariners, who have lost five of their past six games.
Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright, who entered the game with 2.7 runs of support per nine innings, the second-lowest total in the majors, received none while he was on the mound Wednesday. He allowed two runs on four hits in five-plus innings, with three walks and six strikeouts.
The Mariners opened the scoring with one out in the fifth as Moore, a rookie utility man, hit a solo homer to left field on a 2-0 pitch from Wainwright. It was Moore’s fourth home run of the season.
Seattle made it 2-0 in the sixth. Domingo Santana led off with a line-drive single to left, ending Wainwright’s night. Left-hander Tyler Webb came on to face the left-handed-hitting Daniel Vogelbach, the Mariners’ All-Star Game representative. Vogelbach lined a 1-1 pitch into right field for a single, sending Santana to third. Santana scored on a wild pitch by Webb.
Andrew Miller struck out two in the bottom of the ninth, and Carlos Martinez got Tom Murphy to hit a game-ending flyout.
—Field Level Media