Seager, Ackley lead Mariners past Mets 5-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 22, 2014 at 1:08 am •  Published: July 22, 2014
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SEATTLE (AP) — Dustin Ackley drifted back to find the wall, jumped and wondered.

Only when the Seattle Mariners' left fielder tumbled to the ground did Ackley know he'd robbed Travis d'Arnaud of a home run.

"I knew I felt something. I didn't know if I felt it hit off my glove or go in the web, but when I came down is when I knew I had it," Ackley said. "I was like, 'Well something is in there.'"

Ackley had three hits to go along with his outstanding catch, Kyle Seager drove in two runs and Mike Zunino homered into the second deck in the Mariners' 5-2 win over the New York Mets on Monday night.

After losing two of three to the Angels after the All-Star break, Seattle got a solid start from Roenis Elias and improved to 8-2 all-time against the Mets.

Elias (8-8) threw 5 1-3 innings before leaving with cramping in his left forearm. Seattle's bullpen was stellar the rest of the way, helped by Ackley's grab to steal a home run from d'Arnaud in the sixth.

"How about that catch?" Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. "I think it really goes back to the work he put in in spring training ... and he really, really worked hard to improve his outfield play, and he continues to work hard."

Seager had RBI singles in his first two at-bats and Zunino hit his 14th homer of the season, an estimated 415-foot shot off starter Jonathon Niese (5-5) into the second deck in left field.

Ackley added an RBI double in the eighth.

"I've felt pretty good and the results are there, too," Ackley said. "That helps build the confidence."

Elias took advantage of a long break between starts — he hadn't pitched since July 9. He looked rested and his improved command led to eight strikeouts and two walks.

Elias had retired five of six batters when he looked down at his hand after throwing a pitch to Lucas Duda leading off the sixth. Elias was immediately visited by trainers and McClendon. The left-hander threw a couple of warmup pitches and stayed in, striking out Duda on a 2-2 pitch.

That was enough for McClendon, who immediately signaled to the bullpen. Elias walked off to a nice ovation, but with a trainer at his side and continuing to try to stretch his hand. Seattle announced Elias left with cramping in his left forearm and McClendon said there was no worry as of now about it being a lingering problem.

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