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Cal Raleigh comes through again as Mariners rally for victory vs. Royals

Adam Jude, The Seattle Times on

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Where would the Seattle Mariners be without Cal Raleigh?

In what was supposed a day off to rest his battered left thumb, Raleigh came through with two of the most important hits of the season for the Mariners — and that’s not hyperbole — in a must-have-it comeback victory over the Royals, 6-5, on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The young catcher hit the tying, two-run home run in the sixth inning to deep right field and then had the game-winning double off the wall in left field, scoring Jarred Kelenic for the decisive run in the top of the ninth inning.

Raleigh just about single-handedly — single-thumbly? — saved the Mariners from another devastating defeat on this brutal road trip.

The Mariners improved to 83-68 with 11 games remaining.

With one out in the top of the ninth, Kelenic beat out an infield single on a hard ground ball up the middle.

 

Jesse Winker followed with a single, putting runners and first and second for Raleigh to bat from his favored left side. Because of his injured left thumb, the switch-hitting Raleigh hasn’t been as comfortable hitting from the right side.

On a 1-1 pitch from Royals reliever Brad Keller, Raleigh drove a pitch of the top of the wall in left. Kelenic scored from second to make it 6-5.

Andres Munoz worked around a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth to pick up the save.

Winker, pinch-hitting for Luis Torrens to start the sixth inning, singled sharply to center field off Royals right-handed reliever Collin Snider.

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