Sean Rodriguez drives in 4 as Pirates beat Mariners 8-1

Pittsburgh Pirates' Sean Rodriguez doubles in three runs against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 29, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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SEATTLE (AP) Sean Rodriguez doubled in consecutive at-bats and drove in four runs, David Freese hit a solo home run and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Seattle Mariners 8-1 on Wednesday night to split a brief two-game interleague series.

Rodriguez was responsible for breaking the game open in the fifth inning with a three-run double into the left-field corner off Seattle reliever Donn Roach. Rodriguez doubled an inning earlier off starter Wade Miley (6-4) to score Starling Marte.

Freese got it all started with a solo home run on the first pitch of the second inning. It was a three-run inning for Pittsburgh, capped by a two-run double from Josh Harrison.

All that offense backed a strong start from rookie right-hander Jameson Taillon (2-1), who pitched six innings, giving up just one run and six hits.