Justus Sheffield stellar effort gives Mariners 5-3 win over the Rockies

Seattle Mariner pitcher Justus Sheffield pitched the best game of his career and propelled the Mariners to a 5-3 win over the visiting Colorado Rockies and snap a three-game losing skid. Sheffield pitched six scoreless innings with 7 strikeouts to earn his  Major League win. Sundays win was just the 10th Major League start for the 24-year-old Sheffield. Dylan Moore’s two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning gave Sheffield a lead he never relinquished. It was Moore’s third home run of the season tying him with Kyle Lewis who also has three.

REBOUND EFFORT FOR SHEFFIELD


For Sheffield, the stellar effort on Sunday shows that he is ready to be counted on by the Mariners. Sheffield had gone 0-2 with a 9.39 ERA in his first two starts this year and was 0-3 with a 6.18 ERA in 10 career outings with Seattle, including nine starts, since being called up last Aug. 23.

“It means everything,” Sheffield said of securing his first win. “It means the world, honestly. Not only for myself, but to come out and finish this series with a win before we get on the flight is always great. I’m definitely happy and excited about that.”

NERVOUS EIGHTH

Victory looked certain when the Mariners produced three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 5-0 lead. A wobbly effort by Dan Altavilla saw the Rockies score two runs in the top of the eight and cause Mariners Manager Scott Servais some consternation. The Mariners dismay was short-lived as reliever Taylor  Williams gave up one run and promptly shut down the Rockies the rest of the way to preserve the win.

GAME NOTES

After today’s game the Mariners will embark three-city, three-team, eight-game, nine-day road trip to Texas (3 G), Houston (3 G) and Los Angeles-NL (2 G)…

NEXT GAME

Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers – Monday, August 10, 2020 at 6:05 p.m. (ROOT)

RHP Kyle Gibson (0-1, 2.45) vs. RHP Justin Dunn (0-1, 6.43)

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