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Mariners shut out in San Francisco, lose series finale 2-0

Seattle win streak ends at 4 games

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San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford turns a double play as the Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodriguez (44) is forced out at second base in the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 5, 2023. The Mariners' Teoscar Hernandez was out at first base on the play.
San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford turns a double play as the Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodriguez (44) is forced out at second base in the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 5, 2023. The Mariners' Teoscar Hernandez was out at first base on the play. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Photo Gallery

SAN FRANCISCO — Alex Cobb had seven strikeouts in six crisp innings and combined with three relievers on a seven-hitter, and the San Francisco Giants ended their four-game losing streak by beating the Seattle Mariners 2-0 on Wednesday night to avoid a series sweep.

Making his second start since coming off the injured list at the end of June, Cobb (6-2) allowed six hits and didn’t walk a batter to anchor the Giants’ eighth shutout of the season.

Taylor Rogers and Tyler Rogers each retired three batters. All-Star closer Camilo Doval pitched the ninth for his 25th save.

Luis Matos had two hits and a walk to make up for a costly dropped ball he made in center field. Wilmer Flores added two singles for San Francisco, which had lost four of its previous six games at Oracle Park.

Seattle All-Star Julio Rodríguez, J.P. Crawford and Cal Raleigh each had two hits. The Mariners had won their previous four games.

Cobb worked efficiently most of the night and didn’t allow a runner past second base. He calmly escaped a jam in the sixth after Rodríguez’s deep fly to center glanced off Matos’ glove and fell in for a double. After Rodríguez was balked to third, Cobb struck out Teoscar Hernández then retired Mike Ford on a comebacker and got Eugenio Suárez on a groundout.

Rodríguez dropped a ball in center that led to an unearned run for San Francisco in the fifth. Rodríguez tracked down LaMonte Wade Jr.’s fly at the warning track but couldn’t hold onto the ball after running into the fence. Austin Slater, who walked and advanced to third on a Flores hit, scored easily on the error.

Brandon Crawford walked in the second and took third when Flores hit a sharp grounder that bounced off the third base bag and over Seattle third baseman Jose Caballero into left field. Wade’s sacrifice fly off Mariners starter Tommy Milone (0-1) drove in Brandon Crawford.

Milone, called up from Triple-A Tacoma before the game to take the rotation spot of injured Bryce Miller, struggled with his control and matched his career high of four walks. The lefty pitched with runners on base in each inning and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in 4 1/3 innings.

WEB GEM

Giants second baseman Casey Schmitt made a stellar defensive play with a sliding backhanded stop on J. P. Crawford’s sharp grounder that had an exit velocity of 107.8 mph. Schmitt then threw to first for the easy out.

ROSTER MOVES

Mariners RHP Darren McCaughan was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma to make room for Milone. … RHP Penn Murfee (right elbow inflammation) was transferred to the 60-day Injured List.

UP NEXT

Mariners All-Star RHP George Kirby (7-7, 3.21) faces the Astros on Thursday in the opener of a four-game series in Houston leading into the All-Star break.

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