With one out in the top of the 6th inning Thursday night at Petco Park, Seth Smith worked a walk against Padres starter Colin Rea – and thus began the largest comeback win in Mariners club history. At that point, the Mariners trailed the Padres, 12-2, but over the course of the next 18 at-bats, Seattle would score 14 runs on 12 hits on the way to a 16-13 victory.
“Everybody was involved in this win,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “It really says a lot about this team…I can’t say enough about our guys and their belief in each other.”
After Smith’s walk and back-to-back singles from Robinson Canó and Nelson Cruz, the Mariners picked up 2 runs on a bases-loaded, 2-run double off the bat of Kyle Seager, who went 3-for-3 with 5 RBI with runners in scoring position in the game. Since April 30, Seager is batting .483 with 24 RBI with runners in scoring position.
Next up, Dae-Ho Lee crushed a pinch-hit, 3-run home run into the 2nd level of the Western Metal Supply Co. building down the left field line. In the span of five at-bats, the Mariners put up five runs to cut San Diego’s lead in half, 12-7. Lee’s home run gave him 7 RBI as a pinch hitter, which is tied-for-2nd–most in the Major Leagues.
After loading the bases once again in the top of the 7th, the Mariners reeled off 7 consecutive 2-out RBI singles to plate 9 runs and take a 16-12 lead over San Diego. Since 1974, the Mariners are the only Major League team to post seven straight 2-out RBI singles.
“That’s what we’ve talked about all year,” Servais said. “Just do your job, keep the line moving and trust the guy behind you. And that’s really what you saw.”
With the victory, the Mariners became just the 7th visiting team in MLB history to overcome a double-digit deficit to win and the 21st overall to come back and win having trailed by 10 or more runs after 5 innings.
“Leonys Martin did not stop tonight, just screaming and yelling, getting the energy going. The guys fed off of it.” – Scott Servais
- Seattle’s comeback win marked the first comeback win in the Major Leagues when the winning team trailed by 10+ runs after 5 innings since Cleveland defeated Seattle, 15-14, in 11 innings, on August 5, 2001 in Cleveland. It also marked the first 9-inning comeback win in the Majors when the winning team trailed by 10+ runs after 5 innings since Philadelphia came back from a 11-1 deficit after 7 innings to defeat Los Angeles-NL, 12-11, on August 21, 1990 at Los Angeles.
- Seattle’s 9-run 7th inning marked a club record for runs scored in an inning without an extra-base hit.
- Seattle scored 9 runs with 2 outs in the 7th inning, the 2nd-most runs scored with 2 outs in club history, trailing only 10 runs with 2 outs in the 5th on August 30, 2003 vs. Baltimore.
- Since 1974, the Mariners are the only team to have 2 or fewer extra-base hits while overcoming a double-digit deficit to win (Seattle recorded 3 extra-base hits overall, but only 2 while scoring 14 runs over final 4 innings).
- The Mariners were 11-for-12 with 15 RBI with runners in scoring position. It marked Seattle’s highest batting average with runners in scoring position (minimum 4 at-bats with runners in scoring) in club history (previous: 6-for-7, 5/29/94 at MIL).
- The Mariners recorded a club-record 8 RBI by players off the bench (previous: 6 RBI, 9/8/02 at KC). Coming off the bench, the Mariners combined to go 6-for-9 with 5 runs, 1 home run, 8 RBI and 1 BB.