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Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Seattle Mariners’ 5-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds

Seattle Mariners pitcher Matt Wisler, center, is pulled by manager Scott Servais, left, during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren / AP)
Seattle Mariners pitcher Matt Wisler, center, is pulled by manager Scott Servais, left, during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren / AP)
By Gene Warnick The Spokesman-Review

Freddy Galvis hit a grand slam with two outs in the seventh inning as the Cincinnati Reds rallied for a 11-5 victory against the host Mariners on Thursday night.

Curt Casali and Eugenio Suarez added two-run homers in the eighth as the Reds avoided being swept in the three-game interleague series.

Seattle’s Kyle Lewis homered for the third consecutive game to start his major-league career and Dylan Moore and Omar Narvaez added two-run shots.

Mariners right-hander Justin Dunn, making his major-league debut, didn’t make it out of the first inning despite not allowing a hit. Dunn walked five of the seven batters he faced and allowed sacrifice flies to Aristides Aquino and Phillip Ervin.

Of note

2B Dee Gordon was named the M’s nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, which goes to the player who best represents the game through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions on and off the field. Gordon formed Flash of Hope in 2015 to help children who have lost a parent to domestic violence. … SS J.P. Crawford is expected to return to the lineup Friday after missing 11 games with a strained right hamstring. … RHP Matt Magill was available out of the bullpen Thursday after missing nearly a week with a back injury.

By the Numbers

42: Pitchers used by the M’s this season, a major-league record. That broke the mark of 40 set by the 2014 Texas Rangers and equaled by Seattle in 2017.

Our take from Right Field

Dunn flashed a mid-90s fastball and a sharp-breaking slider in his debut, but just couldn’t get the ball over the plate, with only 14 strikes among his 37 pitches.

Up next

The M’s open a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox at 7:10 p.m. Friday at T-Mobile Park. LHP Yusei Kikuchi (6-9, 5.24 ERA) is scheduled to start against White Sox RHP Dylan Covey (1-8, 7.69).

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