Daniel Vogelbach went 3 for 4 with a double, two home runs and six RBIs as the Mariners defeated the host Chicago White Sox 12-5 Sunday afternoon.
Edwin Encarnacion also homered and drove in four runs for the Mariners, who took two of three games in the series.
Left-hander Wade LeBlanc (2-0) went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out six.
Vogelbach hit a three-run double in a six-run third inning, a two-run homer in the fiffh and a solo shot in the ninth. Encarnacion hit a two-run homer in the fourth.
CF Mallex Smith robbed the White Sox of a home run for the second time in three days. Leading off the bottom of the third, Chicago’s Tim Anderson hit a deep drive to straightaway center field. Smith leaped at the wall and got a glove on the ball to keep it in the park. It was initially ruled a home run by the umpires, but was overturned on a video review. … M’s starters are 8-0 with a 3.50 ERA this season, pitching into the fifth inning in all 11 games thus far.
By the numbers
1: The Mariners’ rank in the American League in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
Our take from right field
Not comparing their athletic prowess in any way, but doesn’t Vogelbach embody a present-day Babe Ruth? And by embody, we’re talking about the body. Stocky with legs that move quickly but don’t get very far. If you look at old footage of Ruth rounding the bases, you can almost imagine Vogelbach is the colorized version. And he did put on a Ruthian performance at the plate Sunday.
The Mariners will open a four-game series Monday in Kansas City. RHP Felix Hernandez (1-0, 1.69 ERA) is scheduled to face Royals RHP Homer Bailey (0-0, 5.40). Game time is 5:15 p.m.
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