Zunino homers to back Hernandez, Mariners beat White Sox 4-3

Mike Zunino knew the ball hit the sweet spot. He just wasn’t sure at first if it would clear the wall.

Zunino homered and scored twice to back Felix Hernandez in the Seattle Mariners’ 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

Jarrod Dyson, Nick Ahmed and David Peralta homered and the Arizona Diamondbacks earned an 8-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.

The Diamondbacks have won their first eight series of the season, becoming the first National League club to do so since the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1977. The Seattle Mariners won each of their first nine series of the season in 2001 on their way to 116 wins.

“I get lucky every now and then,” Dyson said. “I don’t go up there to hit bombs. I want to hit more line drives. Sometimes, you get a good pitch.”

Arizona added five runs in the third inning on Ahmed’s three-run homer and Peralta’s two-run shot. Peralta’s shot was off reliever Drew Hutchinson.

Lively allowed seven runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings.

The Seahawks are without a second-round pick as it stands now. That would lessen their chances of emerging from this draft with a cornerback capable of stepping in and playing immediately the way Maxwell could.

The 30-year-old Maxwell finished an up-and-down 2017 season for the Seattle Seahawks on a high note by performing well as a fill-in for Richard Sherman.

Seattle cut Sherman and nickelback Jeremy Lane earlier this offseason while another former starter, DeShawn Shead, left in free agency. Before Maxwell, the only cornerback Seattle had added in free agency was former 49ers starter Dontae Johnson on a one-year deal.

Released by the Miami Dolphins in October after losing his starting job, Maxwell returned to the Seahawks in November after Sherman suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. He played the majority of his first game back after rookie right cornerback Shaquill Griffin suffered a concussion on the opening possession, and Maxwell remained in the starting lineup for the final six games, eventually replacing Jeremy Lane on the left side.sl_cardinals_010

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