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Mariners win 9th straight with 3 runs

The Washington Nationals lost their first game of the season to the Seattle Mariners, 6-4. Eugenio Suárez hit a 70 mph fastball for his three-run homer and Chris Flexen pitched six solid innings. Ada

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including three home runs. He had three walks and seven strikeouts.

Prior to Suárez’s home run to left on a 0-1 fastball in the first inning, Gray struggled with his control early. He walked two of the first three batters. The solo attempts by Winker and Frazier came in the fourth.

With no outs in the fifth, Washington had a bases-loaded at-bat against Flexen but opted for Luis Garcia’s sacrifice fly to make it 5-1. After walking Soto, Flexen then retired Josh Bell and Nelson Cruz.

The second game is a make-up for the one that was canceled on Tuesday due to inclement weather.

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The Mariners’ All-Star center fielder Julio Rodriguez was suspended for one game after getting into a fight with the Los Angeles Angels on June 26. The suspensions for all Mariners who were penalized have now been completed.

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Country: LHP Tuesday night, Josh Rogers (left shoulder impingement) made a 5 1/3-inning rehab start with Double-A Harrisburg. He walked three times and struck out five times while giving up four runs on seven hits. … RHP Hunter Harvey (right pronator strain) delivered a scoreless sixth inning in his first major league outing since April 20.

Mariners, up next: In Game 2 of the twin bill, LHP Tommy Milone (0-1, 3.60 ERA) makes his first start of the year. In six games, five of which he started, he is 3-1 with a 1.98 ERA against Washington.

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Nationals: The second game will be started by RHP Erick Fedde (5-6, 5.01 ERA). He hasn’t played against the Mariners.

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