SEATTLE Daniel Murphy had a key two-run single and later hit a two-run home run, Garrett Hampson and Charlie Blackmon added solo shots, and the Colorado Rockies won for the sixth time in seven games, beating the Seattle Mariners 8-4 on Friday night.
The division-leading Rockies picked up their fifth victory in six games against the AL West.
Murphys hit with two outs in the sixth ended the night for Seattle starter Yusei Kikuchi and gave Colorado a 4-1 lead. The inning was kept alive by Matt Kemps double, despite getting fooled on the pitch from Kikuchi. Kemp reached for a pitch off the plate and dumped a double just inside the right field foul line to put runners at second and third with two outs.
Seattle allowed Kikuchi (0-1) to stay in for the lefty-on-lefty matchup against Murphy, but his slider caught too much of the plate and Murphy was able to beat the shift.
Colorado then feasted on Seattles shaky bullpen. Hampson hit his first home run of the season with two outs in the seventh, and Blackmon led off the eighth with his third long ball. Blackmon had three hits and leads the National League with 22.
Murphy capped his night lining the first pitch from reliever Yohan Ramriez into the right-field seats with one out in the eighth.
Colorado starter Antonio Senzatela (3-0) threw six strong innings, allowing two earned runs and struck out five. Austin Nolas two-run home run in the sixth inning cut Colorados lead to 4-3 and was the only big blow allowed by Senzatela.
Kikuchi allowed six hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings. He threw six shutout innings in his previous start.
Rockies: Colorado placed RHP Chi Chi Gonzlez on the 10-day injured list with right biceps tendonitis. Gonzlez was slated to start the second game of the series on Saturday, but manager Bud Black said Gonzlez remained in Denver to receive treatment. Black said Gonzlez felt some discomfort in the arm after his first start of the season last Monday.
Rockies: RHP Ryan Castellani was recalled from the alternate training site and will make his major league debut on Saturday night in place of Gonzlez. Castellani was 2-5 in 10 starts last season at Triple-A Albuquerque.
Mariners: LHP Nick Margevicius (0-0, 5.40) makes his first start stepping into the rotation after Kendall Graveman went on the 10-day injured list. Margevicius has made three appearances out of the bullpen earlier this season.
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