The Mariners go for their sixth straight victory as they continue a three-game interleague series with the Cubs on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.
Seattle (35-26) has won all five games during its current winning streak in its final at-bat, including a 5-3, 13-inning victory over the Cubs (28-35) on Tuesday. Willie Bloomquist singled in the go-ahead run with two out in the 13th for the Mariners, who have won nine of their last 10 games.
“The great thing about it is it’s someone different every night,” said Bloomquist, whose team won its first-ever game in Wrigley Field.
Seattle is 13-9 in games decided by two runs or less, while the Cubs are an NL-worst 10-21 in those contests. Chicago fell to 1-6 in extra-inning games and couldn’t come through with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 13th.
“This is a game we should’ve won,” said Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee, who was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI to boost his season average to .332. “We need to do a better job of that in these games, create the big streaks. We’re not worried about getting people to believe in us.”
Michael Barrett’s RBI single scored Lee to tie the game in the eighth, but Chicago lost for the seventh time in its last nine home games, where it is just 12-18. The Mariners improved to 18-13 on the road with wins in nine of their last 11 contests.
Miguel Batista (7-4, 5.48 ERA) is 4-1 with a 4.91 ERA in seven road games, with the Mariners going 6-1 during that stretch. The veteran right-hander, who will take the mound Wednesday, pitched one inning of relief on Sunday due to a tired bullpen and allowed just one hit to pick up the win in a 4-3 victory over San Diego.
That outing followed a no-decision in Seattle’s 6-5, 11-inning win over the Padres on Friday.
“A lot of people forgot that I was the best-paid swingman in the game three years ago or something like that,” said Batista, who is 3-0 with a 4.44 ERA in his last four starts. “I made $3.5 million for the Diamondbacks for four years, and that’s what I did for them—start today, relieve tomorrow.
“Some guys physically can’t take the abuse or stress or whatever. But I always said I’d give my work to help this team win in any possible way I can.”
Batista is 2-2 with a 6.27 ERA in 17 career games, including five starts, versus the Cubs. He spent one season with Chicago, going 0-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 11 games in 1997.
The Cubs will hand the ball to Sean Marshall (2-2, 2.08) , who is trying to win his third straight start. The 6-foot-7 left-hander has allowed just two runs and 10 hits through 12 2-3 innings to win back-to-back starts, including a 9-1 victory over Atlanta on Friday.
Since being called up from Triple-A Iowa, Marshall has allowed just six earned runs in 26 innings in his four appearances while holding opponents to a .208 batting average. After being given just one run of support in his first two starts, he has gotten 17 in his last two.
Marshall is 1-2 with a 6.89 ERA in three career interleague starts, but has never faced Seattle.