Canzone’s Homer and Rodríguez’s Defensive Gems Lead Mariners to Victory Over Guardians

Canzone’s Homer and Rodríguez’s Defensive Gems Lead Mariners to Victory Over Guardians

Dominic Canzone‘s three-run homer and Julio Rodríguez’s impressive defensive plays propelled the Seattle Mariners to a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Guardians on Monday night.

Canzone's Homer and Rodríguez's Defensive Gems Lead Mariners to Victory Over Guardians

Canzone launched a 411-foot blast to center field in the second inning off Guardians’ pitcher Triston McKenzie (0-1), marking his first home run of the season and extending the Mariners’ lead to 4-0. Ty France had earlier contributed with an RBI single.

The Guardians narrowed the gap to 4-2 in the third inning, capitalizing on singles from Ramón Laureano, Bo Naylor, and Brayan Rocchio. Laureano and Naylor scored runs off a groundout by Steven Kwan and a sacrifice fly by Andrés Giménez, respectively.

Rodríguez left a lasting impression with two spectacular catches, denying Cleveland’s Will Brennan of extra bases in the second and fourth innings. His acrobatic efforts in the outfield drew cheers from the crowd and showcased his “No Fly Zone” celebration.

Cleveland manager Stephen Vogt, familiar with Rodríguez’s talent from his time as the Mariners bullpen coach, praised the outfielder’s skill level, albeit with mixed feelings now facing him as an opponent.

The Mariners widened their lead to 5-2 in the fourth inning when Luis Urías secured a walk with the bases loaded.

Cleveland continued to chip away at the lead, with Tyler Freeman hitting a solo home run off Mariners’ starter Emerson Hancock (1-0) in the sixth, and Josh Naylor adding another solo homer in the eighth against Andrés Muñoz. Hancock, securing his first MLB win, pitched 5 1/3 innings, surrendering three earned runs.

Ryne Stanek closed the game with a scoreless ninth inning, earning his first save of the season. After a sluggish offensive performance over the weekend, the Mariners showed improvement with seven hits and six walks in Monday’s game.

Mariners manager Scott Servais praised the team’s recovery and offensive efforts, acknowledging the need for continued improvement but expressing satisfaction with the direction they were heading.

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