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Pirates go down meekly vs. Mariners in 5th straight loss

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The Mariners’ Tom Murphy rounds first base after hitting a solo home run off Pirates starting pitcher Dario Agrazal (left) during the fourth inning Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019.

After hitting four home runs in his first six games, Kyle Lewis finally hit a rough patch when he struck out four times in his last one.

One day later, the Seattle Mariners’ 24-year-old rookie right fielder went deep again.

Lewis homered for the fifth time in eight major league games, and the Mariners beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 Wednesday night for their fourth straight win.

“It’s always an honor being able to do things that kind of are groundbreaking,” Lewis said. “It’s always cool. So I am sure looking back on it, I will be able to reflect on those kinds of things down the road. But right now I am in the moment and am keeping working.”

With Seattle leading 2-0 in the fourth inning, Lewis sent a sinker from Pirates starter Dario Agrazal (4-5) 383 feet to right field for a solo home run.

“I actually think I executed the pitch well,” Agrazal said. “If anything, I tip my hat, I take off my hat, to that hitter. I feel like I threw the ball well. I executed it well. He connected well, and I have to tip my hat to him.”

Tom Murphy followed with another homer, taking Agrazal 420 feet to center field for his 18th homer run and a 4-0 lead.

Agrazal, a rookie right-hander, allowed the four runs and six hits while striking out six in five innings.

Tommy Milone (4-9) relieved Justin Dunn to start the third inning for Seattle before allowing two hits and using just 51 pitches to get through five shutout innings. Matt Magill allowed back-to-back singles to start the ninth before retiring the next three batters for his fifth save.

“Tommy threw the ball really well tonight,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “Tommy had a real good changeup. Kept them off-balance tonight. It was great to see. Got us deep into the ballgame, and got enough offense.”

The Pirates lost a fifth straight game since winning three of four from Sept. 9-12. They have been outscored 57-16 during the losing streak, including 10-1 in the first two games of this series.

“We had three hard-hit balls in seven innings. We had five hard-hit balls in the last two innings,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “We had six balls that either the catcher or the pitcher made a play on. … We hit balls hard, but it was just too late.”

Dylan Moore put the Mariners ahead 2-0 with a two-out, two-run double down the left field line in the second inning.

Cole Tucker had a pinch-hit triple for Pittsburgh before scoring on a groundout from Kevin Newman, making it 4-1 in the eighth.

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