Dustin Ackley’s home run helps Mariners beat Nationals, 5-3
|By Matt Pentz, The Seattle Times|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
It might not have even been the most statistically historic: Harper's second homer of the game was
But Ackley's swing put the
The power surge began in the top of the second, when Harper accepted the invitation of the Hit-It-Here Café with a drive over the right-fence and off the restaurant's shatterproof windows.
That very stretch of the order sparked another rally in the fifth.
Nine-hole hitter Miller, who finished 3 for 3, dropped a single into center and leadoff-man Jackson followed with the second of his own three hits.
Then Ackley brought the 29,221 spectators to their feet with the final three of his game-high four RBI to give the
Iwakuma limited damage early on, needing an over-the-shoulder catch from Jackson in center, an grounder into the shallow infield from
And the closer allowed only Harper to reach base in the ninth, following a leadoff single with a line out and consecutive groundouts to bring
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