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The Seattle Mariners stole the Connor Joe show Tuesday night at Coors Field.
The M’s mashed against Rockies all-star German Marquez, who had a rare off night, opening the door to Seattle’s 6-4 victory. The Rockies, who have been dominant at home, lost for the third time in their last four games at Coors.
Joe, a Rockies fan favorite, hit the first homer of his career, added a double and also made an assist with a fine throw to second base. Adding to his feel-good story was this: Tuesday marked one year since he was declared cancer-free after his bout with testicular cancer.
“This is a day I’ll remember forever, it was that special,” Joe said. “Being one year cancer-free, getting called up to the big leagues, getting a start and getting my first home run, it’s something I will have to write in my journal so I can remember it forever. … I just wish we had got the win.”
Colorado (41-54) made the game interesting with a two-run eighth, powered by Charlie Blackmon’s leadoff triple and C.J. Cron’s subsequent two-run homer. But it wasn’t enough against the Mariners (51-44), who are alive in the American League wild-card hunt.
Marquez appeared to be cruising along, looking very much like the ace who had posted a 4-0 record with an 0.75 ERA over his last five starts. During that stretch, he limited opponents to just 12 hits (.103 average), with 34 strikeouts and only six walks.
But in their four-run sixth, the Mariners teed off on Marquez like Bryson DeChambeau on a par-5. They mashed five hits in the inning, including a two-run double by Cal Raleigh and a two-run homer by Dylan Moore.
“They just attacked and got some big hits,” Marquez said. “But it was just one bad inning, so my next outing I’m going to have a good outing and finish strong.”
Seattle’s rally took some luster off Joe’s two-run, fifth-inning homer. Joe, called up from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday, hit Marco Gonzales’ first pitch fastball 433 feet and into the forest beyond center field. Joe sprinted to second base before slowing into something resembling a home run trot.
“I know the ball flies here, but it’s a big park,” he said. “I thought it had a chance but I wasn’t sure it was a homer. I knew I hit it well. Once I saw it go over the fence, the emotions came out. It’s tough to slow down, but I wish I did, to soak it in a little longer.”
Joe said he planned to give his home run ball to his wife, Kylie. He gave his dad the baseball from his first big-league hit and gave his mom the ball from his first RBI.
Joe sparkled on defense, too. In the Mariners’ sixth, Mitch Haniger led off with a line drive into the left-field corner, where Joe scooped it up and threw out Haniger who was trying to stretch his hit into a double.
Joe hit a two-out double in the seventh but was stranded with Trevor Story struck out. The Rockies finished the night 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Gonzales, a graduate of Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, pitched well. Over five innings he was charged with two runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out three. He was in trouble in the fourth, giving up a leadoff single and walk to Blackmon, then a walk to Ryan McMahon, before getting Elias Diaz to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Gonzales is 2-0 with a 4.60 ERA in three career starts vs. the Rockies.
“My grandparents were here, my aunts and uncles, cousins, my mom, and my brother,” he said. “I just got back in from seeing about 100 people in the stands. It’s a really special thing to come back here and pitch in front of my family. Something about it feels very right.”
The Mariners, 6-2 in their last eight games and 20-9 over their last 29 games, salted the game away with a two-run seventh, the big hit a two-run double by Ty France off of reliever Tyler Kinley.
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