After routing the Padres twice in Seattle, the Mariners found themselves on the wrong end of a blowout in San Diego.
Alexei Ramirez homered twice and matched his career high with five RBIs, Adam Rosales and Wil Myers also went deep, and San Diego beat Seattle 14-6 Wednesday night hours after Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler strongly criticized the team’s poor play.
Ramirez hit a pair of two-run homers and an RBI single. Jon Jay had four hits, and Myers and Yangervis Solarte added three hits apiece. Myers finished a triple shy of the cycle.
The Padres snapped a four-game losing streak, winning for the second time in 10 games.
On Wednesday morning, Fowler told the team’s flagship radio station, the Mighty 1090, that the Padres’ recent performances have been “embarrassing” and “pathetic.” His comments came a day after James Shields allowed 10 runs in 2 2/3 innings of a 16-4 loss at Seattle.
“They came back today,” said Robinson Cano, who hit a three-run homer in the first inning for Seattle. “They got mad, maybe.”
Not long after Fowler chastised them, the Padres found out they didn’t have to face Felix Hernandez, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right calf strain.
The Padres still had a shaky start, with Christian Friedrich allowing Cano’s homer during a 37-pitch first inning in which the lefty escaped a bases-loaded jam
Left-hander James Paxton (0-1) started in Hernandez’s place and was roughed up in the first, allowing six runs and five hits.
Myers homered to right field with one out, his eighth. Rosales homered into the second deck in left with two outs, his second. Ramirez was aboard on an RBI single, and Rosales almost caught up to him approaching third base.
Five of the runs that inning were unearned after Paxton overthrew second trying for a force play on a comebacker.
“It starts with starting pitching. You’ve got to get into the game and get going,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “It wasn’t Paxton’s night. First inning was a struggle. Some balls up, on the comebacker he made an error on, which was a big play. He hung in there. I tried to get as much out of him as I could but he was at 100 pitches and you don’t want to go any farther than that. Obviously, not the kind of outing he wanted to have coming back. We’ll see where it goes from here.
“I would certainly like to give him another opportunity,” Servais added. “He really struggled to get his secondary pitch going. He certainly had velocity tonight, but he needs another pitch to get them off the fastball.”
After the Padres chased Paxton in the fourth, Ramirez greeted Joel Peralta with a two-run homer. Ramirez also hit a two-run homer off Steve Johnson in the sixth, after Derek Norris hit a leadoff double. Ramirez has three homers this season.
Myers hit an RBI double in the fifth and a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Kyle Seager had four singles for Seattle.
Friedrich (2-1) allowed four runs, three earned, and nine hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked four.
Paxton allowed eight runs, three earned, and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one.
Mariners: Servais said he hopes Hernandez misses only a few starts.
Padres: RHP Tyson Ross (right shoulder inflammation), who hasn’t pitched since opening day, played catch. Manager Andy Green said it would be “aggressive” to anticipate Ross’ return before the All-Star break.
Mariners LHP Wade Miley (5-2, 4.95 ERA) is scheduled to start Thursday night in the final game of the split, four-game series. RHP Colin Rea (3-2, 4.47) goes for San Diego.