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Cruz hits 41st HR, Mariners use 4 HRs to beat Rockies 7-2

SEATTLE (AP) Robinson Cano, Jesus Montero, Franklin Gutierrez and Nelson Cruz all homered to lead the Seattle Mariners in a 7-2 win against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.

Cano's deep homer to right in the second inning opened the scoring and set a milestone. It was the 50th extra-base hit of the season for Cano, who is one of five players to have least 50 extra-base hits in each of his first 11 seasons.

Cruz's two-run homer in the seventh was his 41st, tying Baltimore's Chris Davis for the major league lead. He also had a run-scoring single in the third inning, finishing 2 for 4 with three RBIs.

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Seattle starter Roenis Elias (5-8) gave up two unearned runs and one hit while striking out eight in 5 1-3 innings.

The Mariners scored twice in the fourth inning. The first came on Montero's solo homer, his third of the season. The second run started when Nolan Arenado's throwing error allowed Shawn O'Malley to reach third base with one out, and he scored on a squeeze bunt by John Hicks to give Seattle a 4-0 lead.

Colorado starter Yohan Flande (3-3) only lasted a few more batters after O'Malley's run. Flande's 3 2-3 innings pitched marked his shortest start of the season. He gave up four runs on six hits.

The Rockies scored both their runs in the sixth without getting a hit. An error by Elias and two walks loaded the bases with no outs, and DJ LeMahieu's fielder's choice and Arenado's sacrifice fly each drove in a run.

Colorado catcher Tom Murphy went hitless in his major league debut. Murphy started a day after being called up to replace Nick Hundley, who was placed on the 60-day DL with a cervical strain.

TRAINERS ROOM

Rockies: SS Jose Reyes was held out of the lineup for the second straight game with a sore Achilles. ''He is better,'' Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. ''I felt like I wanted to give him another day though, because (Friday) he was really sore.''

Mariners: Gutierrez started in left field, his first start since leaving the game on Sept. 4 with a strained right groin. ... Cruz will be limited to designated hitter duties while recovering from a strained right quad. ''He's still nursing it,'' Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. ''I would not anticipate him being in the outfield through this homestand.''

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Kyle Kendrick (5-12, 6.25 ERA) will start the series finale Sunday, his third start since coming off the disabled list (right shoulder). It will be Kendrick's first career appearance against the Mariners.

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (3-3, 3.70) will make his first start Sunday since May 28. Paxton was placed on the disabled list the next day with a strained left middle finger. McClendon said Paxton's finger is fully healed. ''He'll go until he can't go anymore,'' McClendon said.