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Mariners Rout San Diego With Long Ball

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Robinson Cano celebrates Kyle Seager's HR in the Mariners big win over San Diego on Tuesday. (Photo: Mariners) Robinson Cano celebrates Kyle Seager's HR in the Mariners big win over San Diego on Tuesday. (Photo: Mariners)

SEATTLE (AP) -- Nelson Cruz hit his major league-leading 15th home run, Mike Zunino connected twice, and the Seattle Mariners hit a season-high six long balls in an 11-4 rout of the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.

Cruz's drive came in the eighth inning off San Diego reliever Frank Garces, who had already given up homers to Zunino and Justin Ruggiano an inning earlier. The six homers were tied for the most ever hit by the Mariners in their park, the last coming in 2004 against Kansas City.

Zunino hit a 439-foot solo shot leading off the sixth inning then added a two-run homer in the seventh. Zunino began the night hitting .159, but finished with three hits - his first three-hit game of the season - and the second multihomer game of his career.

Seattle starter James Paxton (1-2) threw six shutout innings for his first victory, as the Mariners won their fourth straight.

Kyle Seager and Logan Morrison also homered for Seattle. Seager lined a three-run homer, his fourth of the season, as part of Seattle's four-run first inning against San Diego starter Ian Kennedy (2-2). Morrison hit his fifth homer in the past 10 games with a solo shot off the top of the wall in right-center field in the third inning.

Kennedy lasted just 4 2/3 innings, and allowed two of the five homers. San Diego has given up 49 home runs this season, tied with Milwaukee for the most in baseball.

Paxton was inconsistent, but limited the Padres to three hits and pitched out of bases loaded situations in the second and fourth innings.

In both the second and fourth, Paxton got the first two outs with ease and then fell apart. He walked three straight batters in the second all on full counts, before getting Clint Barmes to pop out, also on a 3-2 pitch. Paxton threw 38 pitches in that inning, 30 of them to the final four batters.

Paxton was a bit more efficient in the fourth but was in the same situation, giving up two-out singles to Jedd Gyorko and Will Middlebrooks, and another 3-2 walk to Cory Spangenberg. This time Paxton struck out Barmes looking to end the threat.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: Wil Myers was a late scratch from the lineup after aggravating a sore wrist during batting practice. ... RHP Josh Johnson played long toss on Tuesday and will get a throwing schedule finalized in the next few days as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Johnson threw a simulated game recently but as a precaution the Padres slowed his progress. His next step will be another simulated game.

Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma is being shut down from throwing for the next 10-14 days after still having tightness in his strained right lat muscle following a throwing session last week. Iwakuma has been on the disabled list since April 24.

UP NEXT

Padres: RHP James Shields (4-0) will try and become the first San Diego pitcher to start a season 5-0 since Justin Germano in 2007. Shields allowed five earned runs in each of his last two starts but came away with victories in both.

Mariners: RHP Taijuan Walker (1-3) looks for his first win at home this season. Seattle adjusted its rotation to have Walker throw against the Padres and line up three left-handers to pitch against Boston in a four-game series this weekend.

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