Seattle Mariners

Crawford’s grand slam not enough as Mariners fall to Phillies, 6-5

The Mariners scored five runs in the top of the second inning Wednesday, fueled by a J.P. Crawford grand slam, but the early offensive outburst wasn’t enough as the Phillies won game two of the teams’ three-game series, 6-5.

The Phillies got the scoring started with a solo home run in the bottom of the first by Nick Castellanos, who served as the team’s designated hitter.

In the top of the second inning, Crawford launched a four-seam fastball from Phillies starter — and former Mariner — Taijuan Walker to center field for a grand slam, his first home run of the season. Cal Raleigh, A.J. Pollock and Kolten Wong all came around to score.

Mariners second-year superstar Julio Rodriguez followed that up with a solo shot of his own, his fifth homer of the year, to give the Mariners a 5-2 lead.

Mariners starter Logan Gilbert would give up two more runs before being replaced by reliever Trevor Gott in the sixth inning. Seattle carried its 5-4 lead into the eighth, where Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto reached on an infield single to second to score Castellanos.

One batter later, Alec Bohm singled to left field, scoring Brandon Marsh and giving the Phillies a 6-5 lead that they would not relinquish.

Phillies reliever Jose Alvarado pitched the ninth and earned his fourth save of the season.