Mariners’ late magic continues, toppling Rangers 5-4 of 10
SEATTLE (AP) – Jake Fraley’s single with an out in the 10th inning scored Jake Bauers with the winning run, and the Seattle Mariners improved to 10-1 in extra innings this season with a 5-4 win on the Texas Rangers Friday night.
Nearly 4.5 hours after the first pitch, Fraley cut through Texas reliever Taylor Hearn (2-3) in right field and sparked another celebration for the Mariners. Seattle improved to 19-7 in point games and won 13 straight home games against the Rangers.
Anthony Misiewicz (3-3) worked a perfect 10th to clinch the win, including a Nate Lowe strikeout on the 12th batting.
But he never should have reached the extras without a sloppy defense. Seattle’s third mistake of the night turned out to be costly as third baseman Ty France’s errant shot with a ninth putout allowed Eli White to reach second. White scored on Jonah Heim’s RBI double at deep center field to tie the game 4 minutes after it looked like Seattle was on the verge of another comeback victory.
The Mariners scored twice in the eighth on Luis Torrens’ solo homerun and JP Crawford’s two-out single that scored Fraley with second. It was Crawford’s third hit of the night and gave Seattle a 4-3 lead. The Torrens circuit was his sixth in his last 12 games.
Hector Santiago threw in relief for Seattle in his first appearance since becoming the first disciplined player in Major League Baseball’s crackdown on grip-enhancing foreign substances when he was suspended from 10 matches. The sanction is delayed until an appeal is decided.
Santiago hit the side in the eighth inning sandwiched around a single by Lowe. Before the start of the round, Santiago removed the rosin bag from the mound. Santiago said everything that was found on his glove last Saturday against the Chicago White Sox that led to his suspension was just rosin.
Santiago was checked and cleared by home plate umpire John Tumpane after the end of the set.
Both teams had defensive issues which led to runs. Mitch Haniger of Seattle dropped a short pop volley in the third inning that helped lead to two runs for the Rangers on Brock Holt’s two-run single.
Texas had a pair of pitching errors from Brett Martin and Charlie Culberson in the seventh inning that led to a run for Seattle.
Texas starter Kyle Gibson lowered his best AL ERA to 1.98, allowing a run in 5 2/3 innings. Gibson is one of four baseball pitchers with an ERA of less than 2.00. He took out seven and walked three. The only damage against him was Fraley’s solo circuit.
Seattle rookie Logan Gilbert allowed two earned runs and struck out six on catches in another impressive outing. Gilbert has allowed three earned runs or less in seven of the nine starts.
In keeping with Washington State’s lifting of most of its COVID-19 restrictions earlier this week, the Mariners were able to offer full capacity to T-Mobile Park for the first time since the end of the 2019 season. announced crowd was 28,638 people.
Mariners: Seattle manager Scott Servais said injured 1B Evan White still had pain in his right hip, even after being recently injected with cortisone. Servais said White was not set to resume his baseball activity after suffering a setback while on a rehab mission. … RHP Justin Dunn (shoulder inflammation) is expected to begin a kick-start program in the next few days. Dunn has been out since June 18.
Rangers: RHP Jordan Lyles (3-5, 5.12 ERA) is making his 16th start of the season. Lyles has lost his ERA by nearly two points in his last eight starts. He allowed a run in seven innings on his last start.
Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (1-4, 5.10) starts for the first time since June 20 after entering the paternity list before his last departure for the birth of his daughter. Gonzales pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed two runs in his last start on June 20 against Tampa Bay.
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