Montero's two-run homer propels Mariners to 6-1 victory over Padres

Staff writerJune 17, 2014 

Padres Mariners Baseball

Seattle Mariners' Jesus Montero, right, is congratulated by teammate Cole Gillespie after hitting two-run home run that scored Gillespie during second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Seattle, Tuesday.

STEPHEN BRASHEAR — AP

OK, the Mariners see the same thing you see. (Many of you, anyway.) That Jesus Montero, for all his still-substantial baggage, remains loaded with tantalizing potential as a run-production threat.

And it was Montero who, on Tuesday afternoon, produced the game’s turning point with a two-run homer in the second inning that erased an early deficit and started the Mariners toward a 6-1 victory over the San Diego Padres at Safeco Field.

It was Montero’s first big-league homer in more than a year and…OK, that’s deceptive; the drought was just 31 at-bats because he spent most of the last 13 months either in the minors, learning a new position, or serving a drug-related suspension.

Tuesday also marked the first time that Montero, a former catcher, played first base in the big leagues. That he remains a defensive work-in-progress was a point manager Lloyd McClendon hammered home in his pre-game remarks.

But that bat…yes, that bat, potentially, can erase a scads of shortcomings in other areas.

The Mariners also got a two-run homer from Robinson Cano in support of a strong bounce-back effort by rookie lefty Roenis Elias, who improved to 6-5 by limiting the Padres to one run and three hits in seven innings.

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