SEATTLE (AP) — Without wavering, Chris Young will say it each time he is asked: Individual wins are not important to him. It's about the team's success, the veteran right-hander says, going to painstaking lengths to get his point across.
Young reached his first double-digit win total in a season since 2006 on Wednesday, but it truly was a team effort this time around as the Seattle Mariners sent the Atlanta Braves to a season-high eighth straight loss with a 7-3 victory.
It is the first time since May 2012 that the Braves, who were swept at Dodger Stadium and San Diego before losing two straight at Safeco Field, have lost eight in a row.
"You can't get caught up in wins and losses as a starting pitcher. One day the media will stop evaluating us on that," Young said with a laugh.
Young (10-6), who allowed all three runs in the third, was immediately picked up by his teammates, as the Mariners responded with a four-run third.
Dustin Ackley led off with a home run and Logan Morrison added a three-run shot off Julio Teheran (10-8) for a 5-3 lead.
Teheran was wildly inconsistent in six innings, yielding six runs in three frames, while allowing just one baserunner in the other three innings.
Even after allowing Ackley's homer, Teheran appeared to have settled down with two quick outs and a 3-2 advantage. Kyle Seager and Chris Taylor hit back-to-back singles, though, and Morrison deposited a fastball into the right-field seats.
After Young protected the 5-3 lead through the fifth, the bullpen took over. After a quick hit, four Seattle relievers combined to throw four innings of scoreless relief, allowing three hits.
"It's nice to have an eight-man bullpen with so many quality arms down there, so many choices," Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said.
Seager drove in Seattle's first run with a single in the first, and Taylor and Kendrys Morales later added RBI singles.
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