Baseball is a game of ups and downs, we saw that demonstrated on Friday night as streaks continued and also ended within the league. The Seattle Mariners are the hottest team in the MLB at the moment, taking their 12th straight win on the evening by downing the Rangers 8-3 in Texas. Last year’s Cy Young winner in the AL, Robbie Ray, got plenty of run support while striking out 12 batters in 6 2/3 innings.
He did give up three runs, but just when the hosts were looking to make it close, Julio Rodriguez hit a grand slam in the top of the eighth to again put the game out of reach. The Mariners have only bettered this run once, and that came back in 2001 when they last made a run to the playoffs. Elsewhere, the Washington Nationals were going in the opposite direction, losing their eighth in a row as the Atlanta Braves beat them 8-4 in DC. Austin Riley, Adam Duvall, and Orlando Arcia all hit home runs for the defending World champions, making it eight wins consecutively for them over the Nats. That run has helped them pull to within two of the New York Mets in the NL East. Finally, the Baltimore Orioles’ run of wins came to an end on Friday as they fell 5-4 in Tampa Bay to the Rays. The Rays were down early, but they rallied back as Yu Chang recorded a pair of RBI doubles and Christian Bethancourt hit his first homer as a Ray. The O’s winning run came to an end at 10, but they are still .500 and well within the Wild Card race at present.