The shakiness of St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal showed again Friday as Adam Lind hit a game-winning three-run home run in the ninth inning as Seattle topped the Cardinals 4-3 in the series opener.
The Mariners opened the ninth with a double by Kyle Seager and a walk to Dae-Ho Lee. Lind reached down and drove a 1-1 pitch out to right field for his fourth career walk-off home run. It was the third home run allowed this season by Rosenthal and his third blown save.
St. Louis had scored three times in the eighth inning without the help of a base hit. Seattle reliever Joaquin Benoit issued three walks and a hit batter and Kyle Seager’s error on Matt Holliday’s hard ground ball allowed two runs to score.