Ryon Healy came to the plate in the first inning mired in an 0-for-13 slump. The Seattle Mariners had the bases loaded and two outs, and Healy broke through in a big way.
Healy doubled to drive in two runs, and followed it up with an even bigger three-run homer in the seventh to tie his career high with five RBIs and lead the Mariners to a 6-4 win against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
“It was a big situation there in the first, bases loaded with two outs. It felt great,” Healy said. “It felt like a monkey was lifted off my back, just helping the team there.”
Healy’s homer was his 18th of the season and helped the Mariners bounce back after dropping the first two games of the series.
Wade LeBlanc (5-0) picked up the win despite giving up four runs and allowing three homers to the Rockies in six innings. The three homers allowed were the most by LeBlanc in an appearance this season.
Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez and Trevor Story hit the homers for the Rockies, who snapped a five-game winning streak.
“All three cases were good hitters,” LeBlanc said. “A couple mistakes, and the one to Story I thought was a good pitch.”
Edwin Diaz struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth for his major league-leading 35th save.
Colorado starter Antonio Senzatela (3-2) allowed all six runs and five hits, walking three with two strikeouts.
“I just wanted to be able to give the team a chance to win. I just needed to settle down. In the sixth, I had one bad pitch and it cost us.”
Senzatela was making his second start of the season after opening the year in the bullpen and a stint in Triple-A Albuquerque. He pitched seven scoreless innings in his previous outing on July 3.
Blackmon gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with his 17th home run. The Mariners answered in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases for Kyle Seager’s sacrifice fly and again for Healy’s double.
Gonzalez led off the fifth inning with his eighth homer for Colorado, and Story gave the Rockies a 4-3 lead in the top of the sixth with a two-run shot, his 17th.
In the bottom of the inning, Nelson Cruz walked and Kyle Seager singled. One out later, Healey homered to left field.
The six runs allowed by Senzaltela also ended a streak of eight games where Rockies starters allowed two runs or fewer, which tied a team record.
Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (6-3, 3.90 ERA) starts Tuesday at Arizona. Anderson is 4-0 in 11 road starts this season, and has thrown eight scoreless innings in his last two starts.
Mariners: RHP Mike Leake (8-5, 4.11) takes the mound in Los Angeles against the Angels on Tuesday as the Mariners start a six-game road trip. Leake earned a loss against the Angels in his last start, giving up four runs in four innings.
AROUND THE MAJORS SUNDAY
–The Boston Red Sox continue to own a two-game lead over the New York Yankees in the AL East, although the Bombers have four games in hand.
Eduardo Nunez, Mitch Moreland and Xander Bogaerts drove in two runs apiece and Andrew Benintendi had four hits as the Red Sox won their sixth in a row, 7-4 at Kansas City. The Bosox trailed 3-2 in the fifth until Moreland worked out a bases-loaded walk and Bogaerts added a sacrifice fly. Moreland, Bogaerts and Nunez added RBI hits in the seventh to break the game open and help Rick Porcello improve to 11-3. Boston is a major league-leading 33 games over .500 at 62-29.
–The Yankees kept pace by beating the Blue Jays, 2-1 on Brett Gardner’s RBI single in the 10th inning. Kendrys Morales tied it for Toronto with a sixth-inning homer off Domingo German, who gave up just three other hits over six frames. David Robertson worked the 10th to get the save while Aroldis Chapman sat out with a sore left knee.
— Dallas Keuchel yielded six hits and a run over seven innings as the Astros downed the White Sox, 2-1 to complete a four-game sweep. Jose Altuve hit a solo homer for the Astros, but the game was tied 1-1 when Marwin Gonzalez laid down a bunt that scored Yuli Gurriel in the seventh. Houston picked up its sixth consecutive victory and stayed 3 ½ games ahead of the second-place Mariners in the AL West.
— The Athletics blanked the Indians, 6-0 as Brett Anderson limited the AL Central leaders to three hits over five-plus innings. Anderson made his first start since May 18 after a strained shoulder landed him on the disabled list. Stephen Piscotty belted a two-run homer and Jed Lowrie added a solo shot in Oakland’s 10th win in 12 games.
— Cleveland’s division lead is down to 9 ½ games over Minnesota after Mitch Garver, Eduardo Escobar and Brian Dozier homered in the Twins’ 10-1 romp over the Orioles. Escobar and Dozier went deep in an eight-run sixth that secured the Twins’ four-game sweep. Jake Odorizzi worked six scoreless innings and has allowed just two earned runs in 17 innings over his last three starts.
— The Brewers crushed the Braves, 10-3 as Jesus Aguilar homered twice and Hernan Perez launched a three-run blast. Aguilar’s three-run shot in the eighth leaves him tied with Colorado’s Nolan Arenado for the NL home run lead with 22. Junior Guerra was reached for just one run over six innings as Milwaukee won for the sixth time in seven games to maintain a 1 ½-game lead over the Cubs in the NL Central.
— The Cubs pulled out a 6-5 win over the Reds on David Bote’s bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 10th. Addison Russell drove in three runs and Javier Baez provided a pair of hits and two RBIs in Chicago’s ninth comeback win of the season. Baez forced extra innings with a two-run single in the seventh before the Cubs won for the eighth time in nine games.
— Philadelphia remains in a virtual first-place tie with Atlanta in the NL East after the Phillies dropped a 4-1 decision to the Pirates. Nick Kingham went six innings and delivered a two-run double for his first big league hit. Nick Williams homered for the Phils, who had won six in a row.
— Wil Myers homered off catcher-turned-reliever Jeff Mathis in the 16th inning to send the Padres past the Diamondbacks, 4-3. Myers was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts before his solo shot allowed San Diego to avoid a three-game sweep. A.J. Pollock drove in two runs and Paul Goldschmidt had three of Arizona’s 11 hits.
— The Diamondbacks still lead the NL West by one game over Los Angeles after the Dodgers squandered an early 3-0 lead in a 4-3 loss to the Angels. Shohei Ohtani broke a 3-3 deadlock with a solo blast in the seventh, one inning after Albert Pujols tied it with a solo shot. The Angels rallied after Yasiel Puig slammed a three-run shot in the second.
— The Marlins finally beat the Nationals as J.T. Realmuto had a career-high five hits and drove in three runs to lead a 10-2 laugher at Washington. Martin Prado had four of Miami’s season-high 22 hits and the Marlins’ bullpen tossed 5 1/3 shutout innings of one-hit relief. The Nats had won 14 straight against the Marlins, the longest winning streak against any ballclub in team history.
— Pablo Sandoval smacked a go-ahead grand slam in the fifth inning and was 3-for-5 with five RBIs as the Giants outscored the Cardinals, 13-8. Andrew McCutchen and Alen Hanson also had three of the Giants’ 17 hits while Gorkys Hernandez was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Madison Bumgarner picked up the win despite yielding four runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings.
— Nathan Eovaldi carried a perfect game into the seventh and C.J. Cron slammed a three-run homer as the Rays hammered the Mets, 9-0. Eovaldi retired his first 18 hitters before Brandon Nimmo singled, one of the Mets’ two hits in their second straight shutout loss. Jake Bauers and Joey Wendle added solo shots for Tampa Bay.
— Austin Bibens-Dirkx tossed three-hit ball over 5 1/3 innings to lead the Rangers’ 3-0 shutout of the Tigers. Jurickson Profar put Texas ahead with a solo shot in the first inning. Ronald Guzman added an RBI single to help the Rangers earn a four-game split.