San Diego parlayed home runs from Jedd Gyorko and Alexi Amirista in the fourth and fifth innings and a three-run sixth into a 6-1 victory over the Mariners Tuesday night at Safeco Field. The Mariners, who had won two in a row, fell to 22-30 and begin a two-game series at Petco Park in San Diego Wednesday night.
The Mariners were unable to get anything going against San Diego starter Edinson Volquz, who allowed just one run on four hits over 7.2 innings. He struck out five and walked three.
The Padres reached Seattle starter Brandon Maurer for five earned runs on six hits in 5.2 innings, including the Gyorko and Amirista home runs.
“He lost some of his command,” manager Eric Wedge said of Maurer.
The Mariners got on the board in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Jesus Sucre. Gyorko put San Diego ahead 2-1 in the fourth with a two-run homer. Amarista’s solo shot on the first pitch gave San Diego a 3-1 lead.
Everything went south for Maurer in the sixth. After yielding two singles, a walk and throwing a wild pitch, Mark Kotsay’s single brought home two runs. The Padres scored again when Chris Denorfia was safe on a fielding error by rookie second baseman Nick Franklin.
After Maurer (2-7, 6.93) departed, relievers Charlie Furbush and Danny Farquhar combined for 3.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Michael Morse had to leave the game in the fourth inning when he apparently strained his right quad muscle round third while trying to score from first on a double by Michael Saunders.
The Mariners left Morse behind when they departed for San Diego after the game so he can be re-evaluated.
Wednesday, Joe Saunders (3-5, 6.09) will go for Seattle against LHP Eric Stults (4-4, 4.22).