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Sheffield shuts down Rockies for 1st W as Mariners win 5-3

SEATTLE – Justus Sheffield pitched six shutout innings for his first major league win, Dylan Moore hit a two-run homer and the Seattle Mariners beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3 on Sunday.

Sheffield (1-2), one of three pitchers 24 or younger in the Mariners´ starting rotation, gave up four hits without a walk and struck out seven in his longest stint of the season. He worked his way out of a jam with a strikeout to end the fifth, then sat down two more Rockies in the sixth before reaching his pitch limit.

“That was my main thing: Get to two strikes as quick as possible and put them away,” Sheffield said. “I really didn´t want to mess around.”

Sheffield never reached a 2-0 count and landed 16 first-pitch strikes against the 22 batters he faced. The lefty was especially effective with his slider.

“It’s really good,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “It’s a wipeout pitch.”

Charlie Blackmon extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a first-inning double for Colorado. He also got help from a strange bounce past second baseman Dee Gordon for a single in the fourth.

The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Rockies, who had won seven of eight in August – including two straight over the Mariners. The defeat also ended a six-game interleague win streak.

Colorado starter German Marquez (2-2) struck out four and walked one in seven innings. He gave up six hits, including Moore´s third home run.

Fielding and throwing errors by third baseman Chris Owings on Kyle Seager´s routine grounder helped end Marquez´s outing as the Mariners added three unearned runs in the seventh to avoid a series sweep. Evan White, Tim Lopes and Gordon each drove in a run.

“If you win series, you´re going to have a good season,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “We´ve done that so far. If we play good baseball and we let our talent show, we´re going to win games. If we continue to pitch the way we have been, our bats will come around.”


Rockies: Black gave slumping 3B Nolan Arenado the day off to rest.

Mariners: Hot-hitting C Austin Nola was an unexpected scratch from the lineup while continuing to deal with a swollen wrist. Servais said Nola was having trouble swinging the bat without pain after injuring his wrist Friday.


Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (0-1, 3.31 ERA) takes the mound Monday at home against Arizona.

Mariners: RHP Justin Dunn (0-1, 6.43) makes his third start at Texas.


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