SEATTLE -- Runs were hard to come by at a chilly Safeco Field on Friday night, but Rougned Odor finally solved the situation with a two-run homer off rookie Emilio Pagan in the 13th inning as the Rangers pulled out a 3-1 win over the Mariners.Odor's sixth homer of the
SEATTLE -- Runs were hard to come by at a chilly Safeco Field on Friday night, but Rougned Odor finally solved the situation with a two-run homer off rookie Emilio Pagan in the 13th inning as the Rangers pulled out a 3-1 win over the Mariners.
Odor's sixth homer of the season followed a leadoff walk by Delino DeShields as Pagan took the loss in his second Major League outing. He was the eighth pitcher used by the Mariners in the five-hour and two-minute marathon.
The Rangers snapped a five-game losing streak to Seattle dating back to last season as they lifted their record to 13-17, tied with the Mariners for third in the American League West.
"Great win, our guys continued to battle," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "Tough conditions but our guys stayed engaged and continued to make plays."
Rangers ace Yu Darvish is still winless in four starts at Safeco, but he threw seven strong innings this time in allowing just a lone run on six hits with four walks and five strikeouts. Robinson Cano did the damage with a solo home run in the fourth as he went 2-for-3 with three walks.
"Offensively it's tough to win when you only score one run," said Mariners manager Scott Servais, whose team went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position. "We did hit a lot of balls hard - Kyle Seager probably could have had three more hits himself -- but we just couldn't catch a break offensively. Our guys really competed well. One of those nights, a long ballgame, we just couldn't get the big hit to get over the hump."
Pitching against his former Texas team, veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo gave up just one run on four hits over six innings. The only run scored on an RBI double by Elvis Andrus in the first on a ball that originally was ruled foul until replay showed it ticking off right-fielder Ben Gamel's glove just before he reached the line. More >>
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Problem solved: Darvish has been deadly with runners in scoring position all season, with opposing batters 0-for-27 after Seattle's 0-for-6 on Friday. But Cano didn't need anybody on base in his fourth inning at-bat, cracking a leadoff homer to tie the game at 1. On a windly night when the ball wasn't carrying well at Safeco, Cano ripped an 0-2 slider into the right-field seats for his fifth homer of the year and third in the past seven games.
Darvish RISP streak grows: Darvish was particularly tough with runners in scoring position in his final three innings. He got Jean Segura to hit into an inning-ending double play with two on in the fifth, he struck out Danny Valencia with two on in the sixth and stranded Guillermo Heredia at third in the seventh by striking out Jarrod Dyson and retiring Segura on a fly to center. Darvish has not allowed at hit in his last 33 at-bats with runners in scoring position going back to last year. That's the second longest such streak in Rangers history. Charlie Hough went 35 at-bats without a RISP hit back in 1989.
"This guy knows how to handle traffic," Banister said. "He has been very good at it, bordering on superb. He did a good job of reading the hitters and reading their swings. He utilized the fastball to set up the off-speed stuff." More >>
"It sucks to see teammates go down. But somebody has to do it and tonight it was me. [The pitch to Odor] just caught too much of the plate. He's a dangerous hitter looking to put it in the seats whenever he can and I made a mistake and he made me pay for it." -- Pagan
"Breakfast is going to taste a little better tomorrow." -- Rangers reliever Tony Barnette on the win
INJURY BUG BITES MARINERS BULLPEN
The Mariners lost two relievers to injury in the 11th, with veteran Jean Machi being pulled after getting two outs due to a nerve issue in his thumb and replacement Evan Marshall going to the ground in pain while tearing his right hamstring after delivering his second pitch to Joey Gallo. That brought in Pagan, who struck out Gallo to end the inning. Marshall was just recalled from Triple-A Tacoma before the game and Pagan was making just his second big-league appearance. More >>
RANGERS WIN REVIEW TRIFECTA
Banister was on a roll with first-inning replay challenges, winning two of them. In the top of the first, the Rangers had DeShields on second with two outs when Andrus sliced a fly ball down the right-field line. Mariners right-fielder Gamel raced to the line and missed making the catch as it fell into foul territory. The Rangers challenged that Gamel touched the ball with his glove in fair territory and won on review, giving Andrus what was scored a run-scoring double.
In the bottom of the inning, Segura stole second base for the Mariners but the Rangers challenged again. The replay showed Segura getting tagged out as he over-slid the bag and he was called out. This is the first time the Rangers have been successful at two overturned calls in the same inning.
The Rangers also won a big challenge in the 11th when, with one out, Heredia singled to center and tried to advance to second when Carlos Gomez bobbled the ball. Heredia was ruled safe as he slid head-first but the Rangers challenged. The replayed showed Heredia out because Odor's glove caught his thumb.
Rangers: Left-hander Martin Perez tries to snap a three-game losing streak when he pitches against the Mariners at 8:10 p.m. CT on Saturday at Safeco Field. He is 1-6 with a 6.53 ERA over his last 11 road starts with the only win coming in Seattle.
Mariners: Rookie right-hander Chase De Jong gets his second start in place of the injured Felix Hernandez in Saturday's 6:10 p.m. PT contest. The 23-year-old threw four innings of one-hit ball in relief in Oakland, but allowed six runs on nine hits in 2 2/3 innings in his rotation debut at Cleveland.
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