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Mariners inch closer in wild-card chase, top D'backs 5-4

Tom Murphy hit a two-run home run in the second inning and added a solo shot in the sixth, and the Mariners beat the Diamondbacks 5-4 for their 8th win in 11 game.
Credit: AP
Seattle Mariners' Tom Murphy reacts in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run to also score Luis Torrens during the second inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) — Tom Murphy hit a two-run home run in the second inning and added a solo shot in the sixth, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 for their eighth win in 11 games. 

Seattle continued to inch closer in the AL wild-card race, pulling within one game of New York for the second spot in the logjammed standings. 

Murphy's fifth career multihomer game was the catalyst. 

His two-run shot in the second gave Seattle a 3-2 lead, and his solo blast in the sixth just cleared the fence in deep left-center field. 

Both homers came off Arizona starter Madison Bumgarner.