SEATTLE -- Mariners first baseman Dae-Ho Lee hit two home runs -- including a difference-making three-run shot -- to lead his team to a 7-5 victory over the Rangers in the first of a three-game series at Safeco Field on Friday night. Kyle Seager also hit a home run off
SEATTLE -- Mariners first baseman Dae-Ho Lee hit two home runs -- including a difference-making three-run shot -- to lead his team to a 7-5 victory over the Rangers in the first of a three-game series at Safeco Field on Friday night. Kyle Seager also hit a home run off Rangers starter Derek Holland, who was looking for his third straight win.
Lee and Seager hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth, the first time the Mariners have done that this season. This was the 11th time the Mariners have hit three or more home runs in a game this season and they are 10-1 in those games.
"Offensively, it's the big boy," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "It's Dae-Ho Lee's night. Unbelievable what he's done. I look up and he's got 10 home runs. That's not easy to do in this league, in this ballpark. Obviously he gave us a big lift tonight." More >
This is only the fifth time in 150 career starts that Holland has given up three home runs in a game. He had allowed just six in 59 2/3 innings so far this season before Friday night, an average of 0.91 per nine innings.
"I'm upset, I hate losing," Holland said. "I made a mistake to Dae-Ho Lee and the guy did what he is supposed to do. It just wasn't my night. If I make pitches, who knows what happens."
Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma earned the win despite giving up three home runs in seven innings to Ian Desmond, Ryan Rua and Mitch Moreland. All three home runs came with nobody on base. Iwakuma allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out three, leaving him 5-5 with a 4.10 ERA on the season. "Really nice job by Kuma tonight," Servais said.
"Outstanding effort. He went right after them. He pitched well against them five, six days ago and to come back today and do it against a really hot club was great. The solo home runs got him a little, but nice job."
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Long-ball Lee: Lee, who had a solo home run in the second, snapped a 1-1 tie with a three-run shot in his next at-bat in the fourth inning, his 10th homer. The 33-year-old Lee, in his first season in the Major Leagues, hit 323 home runs in 11 seasons in Korea and four in Japan. The slugging first baseman hit 31 homers with 98 RBIs last season with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in the Japan Pacific League.
"The last time I faced him, I wasn't that prepared," Lee said through a translator. "This time I just looked at video over and over and kind of planned what I had to hit." Lee had been 1-for-6 against Holland this season.
Holland starts trouble with walk: The home runs hurt Holland badly but so did an ill-timed walk. Holland walked Robinson Cano to start the fourth inning and that helped set up Lee's three-run home run. There were seven home runs in the game but that was the only one with runners on base.
"It was a situation where he got himself in trouble with a leadoff walk to Cano," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said.
Mariners bullpen stops rally: With the score 5-3, Mariners reliever Nick Vincent took over in the eighth, but allowed a leadoff single to Jurickson Profar and a run-scoring double to Desmond. That made it a one-run game. But Vincent retired Nomar Mazara on a fly to right and struck out Rougned Odor. Steve Cishek then came in and retired Rua on a fly to right to end the inning.
"Vincent really hung in there after the rough, tough start to the eighth," Servais said. "He got a huge out against Mazara and then punching out Odor was really, really big. Sometimes you get your head down after the first two guys get on on hits, but he got some key guys out when we really needed it."
Moreland goes deep twice: Moreland hit two home runs for the ninth time in his career. His last multi-homer game was on July 11, 2015, against the Padres. It's only the third time this season he has had two extra base hits in a game, but the second game in a row.
"It was nice to see Moreland with the two home runs," Banister said. "I felt our offense was in good shape."
Mariners double up on homers
Lee's two-homer game gave Seattle four straight games with a single player hitting at least two home runs, tying a Major League record. Nelson Cruz homered twice Tuesday, Chris Iannetta twice Wednesday and Cano twice Thursday. The only other teams to do it in a single season were the Chicago Cubs in 1998 and Cleveland Indians in 2000. The Detroit Tigers did it over the final two games of 1985 and first two of 1986. The Mariners are the first team to have four straight games in a single season with multiple home runs from four different players.
During Seager's fourth inning at-bat, he hit a long fly ball down the left-field line that sliced toward the stands. Left fielder Rua jumped up against the wall trying to make a catch but fan got his glove above his and snagged it. The Rangers asked for a review looking for fan interference but the original call of foul ball was confirmed by replay.
Rangers: Right-hander Colby Lewis pitches for the Rangers against the Mariners at 9:10 p.m. (PT) Friday at Safeco Field. Lewis is 3-0 in five road starts with a 1.41 ERA that is the third lowest away ERA in the American League..
Mariners: Although left-hander James Paxton (0-2, 3.72 ERA) was saddled with the loss in his last outing, his second start was a vast improvement over his first. Paxton, called up from Triple-A on June 1, gave up eight runs -- three earned -- on 10 hits in 3 ⅔ innings in his first start. He allowed three runs -- one earned -- on five hits in six innings with 10 strikeouts in his last start.
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*T.R. Sullivan * has covered the Rangers since 1989 and for MLB.com since 2006.
Jim Hoehn is a contributor for MLB.com based in Seattle.