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Santana hit two homers and towed five for Mariners

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Domingo Santana hit two homers in a game for the third time this season, Marco Gonzales won his third consecutive start and the Seattle Mariners avoided an embarrassing sweep by beating the Kansas City Royals 8-2 yesterday.

Santana totaled five RBIs. The Dominican and Daniel Vogelbach hit consecutive homers in the first inning to give the Mariners a 4-0 lead and lead them to cut a three-game Kansas City winning streak.

The Mariners had been outscored 15-4 by the Royals in the first two games of the series between both teams sotaneros.

Seattle immediately attacked starter Brad Keller (3-9). Mallex Smith doubled to open the bottom of the first inning and J.P. Crawford walked the ball before Santana connected his first homer of the day between left and center field.

Vogelbach followed with his 18th homer of the season. Gonzales (8-6) spaced six hits over six chapters and two thirds, with five strikeouts. It was his third win in a row after going 0-6 in his seven previous starts.

Mars reached 11 homers

Bryan Reynolds hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to crown the comeback of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who lost for six runs and ended up outscoring Detroit Tigers 8-7 on Wednesday.

When the Pirates were down by 7-5, Reynolds sent a knuckle-bend by Nick Ramirez (3-2) at a distance of 421 feet between left and center for his sixth home run of the season, propelling Kevin Newman and Adam Frazier

Starling Mars landed his 11th homer of the season for the Pirates.

The Venezuelan Felipe Vázquez withdrew in order the ninth inning for his 17th save.

The Pirates lost 7-1 after Detroit scored five times without an out in the third inning. Richard Rodriguez (2-3) worked a sixth straight chapter for Pittsburgh after starter Trevor Williams gave up seven runs and nine hits with seven strikeouts in five innings.

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