The Milwaukee Brewers had already dealt with plenty of adversity before finding out their second baseman will miss the remainder of the season due to injury.
That didn't stop them from putting up their best offensive performance in nearly two months in the series opener, and they'll seek their fourth victory in five games against the host Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.
Already dealing with the 65-game suspension of Ryan Braun and a plethora of other injuries to key players, Milwaukee (50-66) learned Friday that Rickie Weeks won't play again in 2013 after tearing his left hamstring in Wednesday's 6-1 win over San Francisco."It's too bad," manager Ron Roenicke said. "Because when you have nice ballgames and you're playing OK, you want to enjoy them. But it seems like there's something that always comes up."
The Brewers didn't let the news immediately bother them, though, as Yuniesky Betancourt hit a grand slam in the fifth inning to help beat his former team 10-5 on Friday."I feel a little more excited," Betancourt, who spent his first 4 1/2 seasons with the Mariners, said of his return to Seattle. "I have good memories of here, for the people here."
Norichika Aoki , who hit .125 in his previous seven games, went 2 for 5 and finished with three RBIs for Milwaukee, which hadn't scored that many runs since a 10-1 win over Miami on June 12.
The Brewers' offense may have more difficulty Saturday as Hisashi Iwakuma takes the mound for Seattle.
Iwakuma (10-5, 2.75 ERA) has been solid over his last five starts, going 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA. He allowed two runs in 7 1-3 innings Monday versus Toronto but was saddled with a 3-1 defeat.
It marked his first loss in 10 starts in which he pitched at least seven innings and allowed two runs or fewer after allowing both runs in the eighth."He pitched a really good game," acting manager Robby Thompson said. "We felt he was our best guy to send back out there for that eighth inning."
The right-hander ranks fifth in the AL in ERA despite going 0-3 with a 6.83 mark in the five starts before his current stretch.
Seattle (53-62) has dropped seven of 10, with the pitching staff posting a 5.13 ERA after allowing at least 10 runs for the 16th time.
Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer in the eighth and Kyle Seager also drove in two runs for the Mariners, who look to bounce back against Brewers starter Tom Gorzelanny , who makes his first start in eight days.
Gorzelanny (2-4, 2.78) was 1-3 with a 3.33 ERA in five starts before leaving his most recent outing after being struck on the left elbow with a line drive in the second inning Aug. 2. Milwaukee went on to lose that game 4-1 to Washington.
He missed his next scheduled start Wednesday and threw a bullpen session instead.
"I felt like I was good to go (Wednesday), but we were just being cautious with it," said Gorzelanny, who officially was diagnosed with a contusion. "There was still a little swelling in there and we didn't want to risk it. A couple extra days (rest won't hurt)."
The left-hander last faced Seattle in 2010 when he picked up a save for the Chicago Cubs .
|August 08, 2013||Rickie Weeks||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|August 02, 2013||Tom Gorzelanny||Day-to-Day||Left elbow contusion|
|July 31, 2013||Yovani Gallardo||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|July 30, 2013||Yovani Gallardo||Day-to-Day||Left hamstring tightness|
|July 27, 2013||Jean Segura||Day-to-Day||Right forearm tightness|
|July 23, 2013||Donovan Hand||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised right hand|
|July 26, 2013||Mike Zunino||15-Day DL||Fractured left hamate bone|
|July 11, 2013||Nick Franklin||Day-to-Day||Left game - knee soreness|
|July 11, 2013||Endy Chavez||Day-to-Day||Left game - groin tightness|
|June 29, 2013||Dustin Ackley||Day-to-Day||Left game - thumb|
|June 24, 2013||Franklin Gutierrez||Day-to-Day||Hamstring|
|June 24, 2013||Franklin Gutierrez||15-Day DL||Right hamstring strain|
SEATTLE (AP) -- Scooter Gennett kept watching and wondering if the pitch he didn't think he hit that well just might carry far enough.
Getting an assist from Seattle right fielder Michael Morse certainly helped.
"Us little guys need all the help we can get," Gennett said.
Gennett capped Milwaukee's six-run seventh inning with a three-run homer off Morse's glove, and the Brewers ruined the Mariners' night honoring former star Ken Griffey Jr. with a 10-0 win on Saturday night.
Griffey was inducted to the team Hall of Fame before the game, then saw his old club give up two big innings to the Brewers. The first three Brewers reached in the seventh without the ball leaving the infield, but Gennett's homer was the big blow. The Brewers added four more in the ninth against Seattle's bullpen.
"I think when the offense is doing that all the way through, hopefully you have a chance to score in more innings," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "I know we busted out with the one, but then we added on, which I thought was really good."
Tom Gorzelanny had his best performance of the season for the Brewers. Making his seventh start after beginning the season in the bullpen, Gorzelanny (3-4) gave up just three hits in seven innings.
It was the first time Gorzelanny threw at least seven innings and gave up zero earned runs since July 1, 2011, when he was pitching for the Washington Nationals . He struck out seven and allowed only one batter to reach third base.
"I'm not calling it a renaissance. I'm just trying to do my best out there and have a good effort each time," Gorzelanny said. "I'm not really thinking about what could happen or how things will shake out."
Gorzelanny also pitched through two unique circumstances. The first came right at the start, as the beginning of the game was delayed by 17 minutes because the ceremony honoring Griffey ran long. Gorzelanny ran up into the batting cage underneath the stadium to make a few extra throws, but wasn't bothered by having to wait.
Then he sat through the Brewers' big seventh inning, but was able to finish the inning.
"It's great just to get through the sixth inning, which I've had trouble with this year a few times," Gorzelanny said.
Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma (10-6) matched Gorzelanny for the first six innings, but quickly fell apart in the seventh.
Carlos Gomez started the inning with a bunt single, diving around the tag attempt of Justin Smoak at first base to reach safely. Iwakuma said he tweaked his back on the play and struggled to get the ball down in the strike zone from then on.
Caleb Gindl then chopped a grounder to the left side as Gomez was running on the pitch. Shortstop Brad Miller fielded the ball, but made the mistake of throwing to first when it was clear he wouldn't get Gindl. That allowed Gomez to reach third and put runners on the corners with no outs.
Khris Davis then hit a shot down to third base that Kyle Seager backhanded. He tried to get Gomez at the plate but his throw was slightly high and Gomez was safe after crashing into catcher Humberto Quintero and knocking the ball free. Quintero stayed down briefly as the inside of his right knee collided with Gomez's right knee, but he remained in the game.
Gomez said Quintero was unhappy being run into and let him know it when he came up for his next at-bat.
"I don't mean to hurt any player, but if he is in front of the plate, what am I going to do?" Gomez said. "You don't have a second to think."
Juan Francisco then doubled to left-center on Iwakuma's next pitch to score Gindl and give the Brewers a 2-0 advantage. Yuniesky Betancourt added an RBI single before Gennett's second homer of the season. Morse had a shot at pulling back the drive, but it deflected off his glove and over the fence.
"I got it a little off the end. I thought it had a chance, but all I was trying to do was get a pitch up and put it in the outfield somewhere," Gennett said.
Said Morse: "I felt like I had a good chance on it till I hit the wall and it kind of jarred my wrist back."
Griffey became the seventh member of the team's Hall of Fame. It was an emotional ceremony that brought the first sellout crowd of the season for the Mariners. The ceremony was supposed to last about 30 minutes, but Griffey's speech was nearly 25 minutes itself and the entire ceremony went for nearly an hour.
Notes: Milwaukee scored 10 or more runs in consecutive games for the second time this season. ... Griffey joined late Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Niehaus, and former teammates Alvin Davis , Randy Johnson , Dan Wilson , Jay Buhner and Edgar Martinez being honored by the club. ... Gorzelanny improved to 2-0 all-time against Seattle as a starter. ... Seattle had committed seven errors in its previous three games before staying clean defensively on Saturday.