“I put myself in situations where the hitter is going to get the pitch that they look for deep in the count”, Darvish said through a translator.
After consecutive six-run losses against Texas, the Seattle Mariners got to the Rangers’ ace Sunday and earned a long-awaited victory in Arlington. That’s two games where Texas has struck out less than eight times.
The Texas Rangers’ season has been marred by inconsistency, although one constant has been an inability to enjoy much success against the Seattle Mariners prior to Friday.
Mariners: RHP Yovani Gallardo is making his 14th starts after picking up his third win in a 14-3 victory against Minnesota on June 12. Darvish had to the leave the game after throwing 104 pitches in five innings. For the first time this season, Texas has scored ten runs in consecutive games. Mike Napoli blasted two two-run homers. Rougned Odor started the scoring with an RBI double and Carlos Gomez followed with a two-run single.
“To tack on runs was huge for us today up and down the lineup”, Texas manager Jeff Banister said. He’s now hitting over.200 and has 13 homers and 29 RBIs for the season.
Dee Gordon went 3 for 5 and Justin Bour homered in his first game back from the disabled list.
That big bottom of the sixth ended any Seattle momentum from the top of the frame.
“He couldn’t finish the inning”, manager Scott Servais said. “At that point, felt good about going to Danny Altavilla. He hadn’t been out there for four or five days, but he got some balls up, and you can’t do that with this club”. “You’ve got to finish”.
From two outs and nobody on base to five runs down in a span of 10 pitches.
The Mariners are 5-2 in their last seven during game three of a series, and the under is 6-0 in the Mariners’ last six games versus a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15. “It’s always that one inning”.
“I’ve got to find a way to put guys away”, Gallardo said.
“I’m pretty stoic in my demeanor, but inside I was real excited to be out there, crossing over those white lines and being handed the ball”, Ross said. He just kind of flicks his bat out there. I’ll take the Rangers. “Stay out of the middle of the plate. Then the one to Napoli was up in the zone”. Nomar Mazara went 2-for-4, ending a two-game hit-less streak.
Choo is now batting.261 with 10 home runs and 32 RBIs.
Guillermo Heredia went 2-for-4 with a run scored for Seattle and Mitch Haniger also had two hits.
Ben Gamel scored in the first, sixth, and eighth innings for Seattle and Jarrod Dyson homered against Ranger reliever Jose Leclerc in the seventh. They replaced him on the roster by promoting one-time Angels closer Ernesto Frieri from Triple-A Round Rock. Texas INF Hanser Alberto will have arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Monday. Light will report to Tacoma. RHP Zac Curtis was recalled from Double-A Arkansas Friday.
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