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Cruz Continues Hot Streak as Mariners Top Rockies for Third Straight Win

Nelson Cruz homered for the fifth straight game on Tuesday. (Photo: Mariners) Nelson Cruz homered for the fifth straight game on Tuesday. (Photo: Mariners)

DENVER (AP) -- Nelson Cruz homered for the fifth consecutive game, and the Seattle Mariners spoiled Jon Gray's major league debut with a 10-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

It is the second time this season Cruz has gone deep in five straight games. He also singled to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.

Gray, the third overall pick in the 2013 draft, had a rough beginning to his big league career. Seattle touched him for two runs during a 33-pitch first inning.

He allowed an unearned run in the fourth on two singles and an error that gave the Mariners a 3-1 lead.

Gray's teammates rallied to keep him out of the loss column. Charlie Blackmon's homer in the first, the 10th leadoff blast of his career, made it 2-1, and Nick Hundley hit a two-run shot to tie it at 3 in the fourth.

Gray allowed three runs - two earned - and five hits, striking out four in four innings.

Seattle went ahead for good on Franklin Gutierrez's two-run, pinch-hit single in the sixth off reliever Christian Friedrich (0-3). Kyle Parker led off the bottom of the inning with his first major league home run to make it 5-4.

Cruz answered in the seventh with his 31st to give Seattle a 6-4 lead.

The Mariners blew it open with a three-run eighth.

Rob Rasmussen (1-0) earned his first major league victory in 1 1-3 innings in relief of starter Vidal Nuno.

Colorado's DJ LeMahieu bounced back from striking out five times Monday with two hits.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: RHP Chad Bettis (right elbow inflammation) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday that manager Walt Weiss said was "encouraging." Bettis will throw a 45-pitch bullpen session Friday in Washington and face live hitting Aug. 11. ... An MRI on RHP Kyle Kendrick's right shoulder on Monday revealed no structural damage, just inflammation.

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Mariners: RHP Taijuan Walker (8-7, 4.73) is coming off his best start of the season. The 22-year-old Walker tossed a one-hitter in a 6-1 win over Minnesota on Friday.

Rockies: LHP Chris Rusin (3-4, 4.61) is seeking his first win since June 21. He is 0-2 with a 4.21 ERA in his past seven games, six starts.

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