21 Runs!

Last night, the Mariners recorded one of their best offensive performances in club history, scoring 21 runs and recording 20 hits in a 21-8 win over the Rangers. Here are some fun facts about last night’s historic performance:

Reliving the 21 Runs:

  • The 21 runs scored were tied for 2nd-most in a game in club history, equaling the record for most runs in a road game, and just the 3rd time to score 20 runs in a game (first since 9/30/00 at ANA).
  • Most runs scored by an MLB team this season (prev: 18 by Colorado & Texas), and most runs scored since the Yankees beat the A’s 22-9 on Aug. 25, 2011.

Date                          Runs      Score              Opponent
May 30, 2012             21          21-8                at Texas
Sept. 30, 2000            21          21-9                at Anaheim
April 29, 1999             22          22-6                vs. Detroit

Team Notes:

  • Recorded 20 hits, the 27th time with 20 or more hits in a game (22nd in a 9-inning game), and first since Sept. 1, 2008 at Texas (12-6 win).
  • Scored 16 runs in back-to-back innings (8 runs in each 2nd & 3rd innings)…first time in club history to record consecutive 8-run innings, and only 7th time in Major League history (4th since 1900)…last MLB team to record 7 runs in back-to-back innings was the Yankees earlier this season vs. the Red Sox (7th, 8th innings, 4/21/12)…last time the Mariners scored 5+ runs in back-to-back innings was Aug. 23, 2011 at Cleveland (3rd & 4th innings).
  • 16 runs scored in 2nd and 3rd innings were 2nd-most runs scored in consecutive innings in club history, falling one-run short of record 17 set April 29, 1999 vs. Detroit (11 in 5th, 6 in 6th).
  • Held a 16-0 lead after 3 innings (by way of 15 hits), setting a club record for biggest lead through 3 innings…old record was 13-0 on Aug. 22, 2001 vs. Detroit (6 runs in 1st, 7 runs in 3rd)…3rd time over last 10 seasons a team has recorded 16 or more runs and 15 or more hits in the first 3 innings of a game (NYY, 7/30/11 vs. BAL & BOS, 6/27/03 vs. FLA).
  • Scored 31 runs over last 2 games (10 runs 5/29)…3rd-most runs in consecutive games in club history…scored 36 runs in back-to-back games April 15-16, 2000 at Toronto (17-6, 19-7) and 33 runs April 29-30, 1999 (22-6 vs. DET, 11-9 vs. TOR).
  • Recorded 11 extra base hits (2B – 7, HR – 4)…T2nd-most extra base hits in a game in club history, falling one short of club record 12 set May 11, 1996 vs. KC (2B – 8, HR – 4).
  • Sent 13 batters to the plate in back-to-back 8-run innings (2nd & 3rd innings)…first time to bat around (10+ batters) in the same game since April 22, 2002 (3rd – 10 batters, 7th – 11 batters), and first time in consecutive innings in club history…8th time since 1984 to bat around twice in the same game.
  • Scored 21 runs last night, after scoring 21 runs in previous 6 games…entered game averaging 3.79 runs per game.

Lots of high-fives as the Mariners scored 21 runs on 20 hits in the 21-8 win over the Rangers. (Getty Images)

Player Notes:

  • Each starter recorded at least one hit and scored at least one run (in the first 3 innings)…17th time in club history (first since 5/4/07 at NYY) for all 9 starters to record a hit and run scored.
  • 7 players (Montero – 4, Seager – 4, Smoak – 3, Figgins – 2, Ackley – 2, Olivo – 2, Ryan – 2) tying the club record for players with 2+ runs scored in a game (also: 4/29/99 vs. DET & 6/28/96 vs. TEX).
  • Justin Smoak (3×5, 3 R, 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, BB) recorded his first career multi-homer game and recorded a career-high 6 RBI, blasting a pair of 3-run home runs…first Mariner since John Olerud on Aug. 2, 2003 at Chicago (AL) to hit a pair of home runs, both scoring 3 or more runs (Olerud hit a 3-run HR & grand slam for 7 RBI)…57th time in club history (9 inning game) a Mariner has recorded 10 total bases (first since Jose Lopez 3-HR game 9/22/10 at TOR).
  • Kyle Seager went 4-for-6 with 2 doubles and 4 runs scored…became the 3rd Major Leaguer this season with consecutive multi-double games, joining Joey Votto (May 25-26) and Yonder Alonso (April 25-26)…10th player (12th time) in club history a player has hit 2 doubles in back-to-back games, first since Raul Ibanez May 25-26, 2007…Seager is 7-for-11 (.636) over his last 2 games.
  • Michael Saunders went 3-for-6 with 2 doubles and 1 RBI, tying his career-high for hits in a game (6th time)…recorded back-to-back 3-hit games, one off club record of three consecutive 3-hit games (11 times, last: Kyle Seager, Aug. 23 (G#1-2)-24, 2011).
  • Blake Beavan earned the win (6.0,8,5,5,0,2) and was the benefactor of 17 runs of support, the most runs scored for a Mariners starter in club history…previous record was 16 runs, twice (7/11/79 vs. NYY for Floyd Bannister & 4/22/02 for Jamie Moyer).
  • Hisashi Iwakuma earned his first Major League save by way of the 3.0 inning save rule (3.0,5,3,3,1,0)…98th 3.0-inning save in club history, and first since Emiliano Fruto on May 14, 2006 at LAA…tied club record for biggest margin of victory in a save (13 runs), joining Bill Swift (3.0,1,0,0,0,2) in 15-2 win over Detroit on June 15, 1991.
  • Jesus Montero fell a triple short of the cycle going 3-for-4 with 4 runs scored, double, home run, 4 RBI and 2 walks…reached base safely in 5 of 6 plate appearances.

Elias Says…

  • The Mariners scored 8 runs in both the second and third innings in their 21-8 rout of the Rangers last night. Seattle became the 7th team in major league history with consecutive 8+ run innings, and only the fourth since 1900. The other three during the modern era: the Cubs against the Dodgers on May 5, 2001 (innings 7 and 8), the Indians against the Yankees on July 29, 1928 (innings 1 and 2) and the Red Sox against the Athletics on May 2, 1901 (innings 2 and 3). credit: Elias Sports Bureau
  • The Mariners who entered Wednesday’s game in last place and scored 21 runs against the first place Rangers. Since divisional play began in 1969, there was only one other game this late into a season in which a last place team scored 20+ runs against the first place team in their division: On September 20, 2005, the last place Rockies beat the first place Padres 20-1. credit: Elias Sports Bureau
  • The Mariners beat the Rangers 21-8 about five weeks after Philip Humber tossed a perfect game against them. The Mariners are the second team in major league history to score 20 or more runs in a game in the same season in which they had a perfect game pitched against them. On June 12, 1880, Lee Richmond threw a perfect game against the National League club from Cleveland, a team that earlier that season had a 22-3 win over Buffalo. credit: Elias Sports Bureau

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