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Mariners hang 10 on Texas; keep pace in WC

September 12, 2017

ARLINGTON -- Ben Gamel and Kyle Seager launched three-run home runs on Tuesday as the Mariners powered to a 10-3 victory over the Rangers at Globe Life Park to keep some air in their American League Wild Card hopes.The loss dropped Texas back to .500 at 72-72, trailing the Twins

ARLINGTON -- Ben Gamel and Kyle Seager launched three-run home runs on Tuesday as the Mariners powered to a 10-3 victory over the Rangers at Globe Life Park to keep some air in their American League Wild Card hopes.
The loss dropped Texas back to .500 at 72-72, trailing the Twins by three games in the chase for the AL's final playoff berth after Minnesota blasted the Padres, 16-0. Seattle snapped a two-game losing streak and now sits a half-game back of the Rangers and 3 1/2 back of the Twins at 72-73.
• AL Wild Card standings
The Mariners reached double-digit runs for just the second time in their past 64 games as they racked up 15 hits.

"That was definitely big," Seager said. "Our pitchers have been throwing the ball really well and we've been in some tight ballgames and haven't quite been able to get over the hump. So it was nice to get a bunch of runs early and kind of let everything settle down and pitch their games without stressful pitches."
Rookie left-hander Marco Gonzales, acquired from the Cardinals in July, picked up his first win for the Mariners as he threw a season-high five innings with eight hits and three runs on 66 pitches in his first start in two weeks.

Rangers starter Miguel Gonzalez, making his second start since being acquired from the White Sox, lasted just 2 1/3 innings and gave up seven hits and seven runs. He's now 7-11 with a 4.86 ERA on the season and has totaled just 5 1/3 innings in his two Texas outings, with 11 runs allowed.
"It seems like most everything is one-sided for him right now. Allowing hitters to eliminate one side of the plate, that's all," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "He made some good pitches early in the first inning and then it seemed like he lost a little command of one side of the plate and wasn't able to get hitters off the plate."
Gamel went 3-for-5 and got Seattle started with his three-RBI shot capping a four-run second off Gonzalez. Seager opened things up with his 24th homer of the year in the third, while Robinson Cano had a pair of doubles in a three-hit outing.

"Good team win," said Mariners manager Scott Servais. "We needed to get this road trip rolling in the right direction. These are big games. We talked about it today as a group and our guys responded."
Rangers rookie Willie Calhoun, one of the prospects acquired from the Dodgers in the Yu Darvish deal, singled in a run in his first Major League at-bat in the second in a 1-for-4 day.
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"That was fun. I definitely enjoyed it," Calhoun said. "I can't even soak it in yet. It's an unreal feeling, and being able to do that is very cool."

Seager loves Globe Life: The Mariners' third baseman unloaded his 150th career homer in the third, a shot that gave Seattle a 7-1 lead and knocked Gonzalez out of the game. The 414-foot blast to the second deck in right field was Seager's second in two days and 11th home run in 60 games in Arlington, where he's also hit 23 doubles and owns a .315 average. Seager became the third player in Mariners history to hit at least 150 homers before turning 30, joining Ken Griffey Jr. (398) and Alex Rodriguez (189).
"Those are good names to be associated with. I think they might have been slightly younger when they hit their 150th. I think that's a possibility," Seager said with a smile. "But that's a cool stat to be included in."
Pitcher's best friend: Gonzales has had trouble getting deep into games for the Mariners and was in some early hot water again when the Rangers ripped a trio of singles and had their first run on the board with just one out in the second. But Gonzales quickly escaped that jam, coaxing a 3-6-1 double-play grounder from Rougned Odor, with the athletic 25-year-old easily getting over to first base to take the relay throw from shortstop Jean Segura to complete the twin killing. Gonzales hadn't gotten past 4 2/3 innings in his previous six starts for Seattle, but wound up going five solid frames to pick up the win.
"I made some tough pitches. I wish I could take back a couple pitches that inning, but yeah, the double play is always huge. And luckily I remembered to cover the bag, too," said Gonzales.
"We have 17 games left. But we can only worry about tomorrow's game. Nice job tonight, that's how we have to get after it. It's too late if you wait until there are five to six left and say you have to win them all. Our guys are focused." -- Servais
With his two doubles, Cano moved past Mark Grace and Jimmy Rollins into 54th on the all-time list with 512. Next up? That would be Edgar Martinez, Cano's hitting coach, with 514.
After Ryan Rua was called out on strikes in the fourth inning, Banister had some words from the dugout for home-plate umpire Jeff Nelson, who ejected him from the game. It was the sixth time Banister has been tossed from a game this year.

Cano came within inches of his 300th career home run in the sixth, driving a ball off the top of the wall and just over the glove of a leaping Shin-Soo Choo. The umpires took a look, but stuck with the initial ruling of an RBI double that gave Seattle a 9-3 lead.
Mariners:Mike Leake (2-0, 2.77 ERA) makes his third start for the Mariners in Wednesday's 5:05 p.m. PT game at Globe Life Park. The 29-year-old right-hander, acquired from St. Louis on Aug. 30, is 0-1 with a 2.33 ERA in three previous starts against the Rangers.
Rangers: Left-hander Martin Perez (12-10, 4.81) starts the third game of this series on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. CT. He's won a career-best seven consecutive starts, tied for the second-longest streak by a starting pitcher in Rangers history.
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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

Sam Butler is a reporter for based in Texas who covered the Rangers on Tuesday.