ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer in the third inning of the game, Marco Gonzales threw 5 1/3 innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 on Wednesday night.
Gonzales (5-5) followed up with a two-goal lead against Texas on Aug. 12 keeping the Rangers on six strokes and a walk while eliminating three. It has an ERA of 0.67 in four early August.
Seager’s 421-foot park in the middle of the first deck on right field was the 27th of the season at the helm of the club and his 37th ranked against Texas, tying him fourth among Rangers opponents with Jason Giambi.
He was the 34th homer allowed this season by Mike Foltynewicz (2-12), most major leagues. It came after Mitch Haniger was hit by a 3-2 throw.
Seattle’s fifth reliever Drew Steckenrider pitched a perfect ninth inning for his fifth save on eight occasions.
The Mariners had an ERA of 2.52 teams in August and entered the game tied with Texas to get the lowest batting average of the leagues in the leagues greater than 0.222.
“We were able to win these games because of our release,” manager Scott Servais said. “It’s not pretty, but it’s professional and very competitive.”
The Mariners (65-56) have won six of their last seven games and are the best of the season above 500. They were three games away from last place in the American League wildcards.
Seattle added an assuring run to the eighth game, when lead hitter Jarred Kelenic was hit by a throw, advanced to third in the double to the right of Cal Raleigh and scored on the sacrifice of JP Crawford.
Jose Trevino drove the Rangers ’only run with a double-double on right field in Erik Swanson’s seventh inning after Andy Ibanez’s double in the center of the right bounced off the bullring.
Trevino also hit a double of two in the fifth against Gonzales who hit the top of the fence at the deepest part of Globe Life Field, the back corner of the “S” curve at the 410-foot marker in the center left, and bounced back to play. Rookie Yonny Hernandez, who scored his first two chances, then hit hard against Crawford football field.
The Rangers (42-78) are the worst 7-23 in the major league after the All-Star break and are the worst 36 games of the season below .500.
Foltynewicz also has the least support in the American League, which knocked him out again. He came into play receiving just 2.76 support runs for nine innings. He allowed just two more hits in six unmarked Texas innings and retired 11 straight in a stretch.
Hernandez, a 23-year-old Venezuelan, has written a tribute to his late mother in his cap every game since he left Triple-A Round Rock on August 5th. Before Wednesday’s game, he revealed through a performer that he died a day before he joined the Rangers.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “We have provided joy to him and his family to get him here and enjoy his first time in the major leagues and succeed. I am very proud of his way of managing it.”
Seager almost had another RBI in the sixth inning in a double on the right and center with Haniger at first base, but Haniger was thrown to the plate. … The Mariners have won or split 14 of their last 18 series. … Trevino’s first double threw a 0-on-15 skate, and he also threw two base steals. … Texas has scored three total runs in its last four games against Seattle.
Rangers LHP John King (inflammation) experienced new pain on Tuesday and will be re-evaluated. … Rangers RHP Kohei Arihara (shoulder surgery) threw 35 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday and is on his way to making two rehabilitation appearances.
The final of the series on Thursday afternoon will coincide with Mariners RHP Chris Flexen (10-5, 3.78 ERA) against Rook Spook Howard, Rangers rookie (0-3, 5.61). Flexen won his previous three outings against Texas this season, most recently on July 4th. Howard will make his third outing since he was acquired in a July 30 negotiation with Philadelphia. He kept Seattle goalless in two hits through three innings on Aug. 11 in an undecided decision.
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