Lamet flirts with no-hitter as Padres down Mariners 9-4
SEATTLE (AP) — Dinelson Lamet took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning for the only major league team that’s never pitched one, leading the San Diego Padres over the Seattle Mariners 9-4 Tuesday night.
Omar Narvaez lined a single with one out in the seventh to break up Lamet’s try. The Padres, who began play in 1969, are still looking for that elusive first no-hitter.
The Mariners, meanwhile, avoided becoming the first club in the majors to be held hitless three times in a season. A pair of Los Angeles Angels pitchers teamed on a no-hitter against Seattle on July 12 and the Houston Astros combined to no-hit the Mariners last Saturday.
Lamet (1-2) struck out 12 and gave up two hits in seven shutout innings for his first win since 2017. Slated to be San Diego’s No. 2 starter last year after a promising rookie season, Lamet hurt his elbow in his final spring training start and then had Tommy John surgery.
The 27-year-old righty came off the injured list and rejoined the Padres last month.
Rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. hit his 20th home run as the Padres sent Seattle to its fifth straight loss.
With a mounting pitch count, Lamet took a 5-0 lead into the seventh and struck out Daniel Vogelbach to begin the inning. After Vogelbach was ejected for arguing, Narvaez lined the first pitch into right field. Kyle Seager followed with a double to the left corner.
The Mariners rallied for four runs off the bullpen in the eighth inning, spurred by Tim Lopes‘ two-run homer, his first major league hit. Lopes entered the lineup for Vogelbach after being recalled from the seven-day concussion list.
Lopes received an interesting assignment on his first day back from the concussion list. The lifelong infielder was scheduled to shag balls in the outfield during batting practice after the 80-game suspension of Tim Beckham and lingering injuries to Domingo Santana and Mitch Haniger.
“He came into my office today and his eyes got real big,” manager Scott Servais said. “I said, ‘Dude, that’s the way to get in the lineup.'”
Padres: Pitcher Garrett Richards had a setback Monday in his return from 2018 Tommy John surgery. He came out of an appearance at Single-A Lake Elsinore with a tight shoulder. “The trainers tell me to anticipate this as a minor hiccup, that he feels ultimately pretty good today,” manager Andy Green said. . Reliever Jose Castillo (right elbow) completed another positive rehab appearance at Lake Elsinore. “If he continues on this path, his return is close,” Green said.
Mariners: Felix Hernandez will make a rehab start Thursday at Double-A Modesto. He’s scheduled to throw 45 to 50 pitches over three innings in his attempt to return from a right lat strain. . Haniger (testicle surgery) and second baseman Dee Gordon (strained right quad) are increasing their workouts with the team through the weekend and could be sent to rehab assignments next week. . Reliever Connor Sadzeck met with the same doctor who performed his Tommy John surgery and had a nonsurgical procedure on his right elbow in Texas, Servais said. . Third baseman Ryon Healy had hip surgery in Arizona, Servais said, but had no further details.
Padres: LHP Joey Lucchesi (7-6, 4.23 ERA) looks to improve to 3-0 in three starts against the Mariners.
Mariners: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (4-8, 5.49 ERA) will try to stop his three-game losing streak.
More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports