Seager’s leadoff homer in the seventh cut the deficit to 5-3
before the Mariners rallied in the eighth against Alexi Ogando
(1-2), who struck out the first two batters before Justin Smoak
doubled and pinch hitter Dustin Ackley followed with an infield
single. Seager then blasted Ogando’s 1-0 pitch deep into the
right-field seats for his fifth homer in the last four games.
Danny Farquhar (1-0) worked a scoreless eighth inning and
Fernando Rodney retired the Rangers in order in the ninth for
his fifth save for Seattle, which concluded its six-game
homestand with a 3-3 mark. Seager went 2-for-4 with four RBIs
and finished the homestand 7-for-18 with four home runs and 10
The Mariners struggled early against Matt Harrison, who started
for the first time in over a year and allowed two runs on three
hits over six innings. Texas took a 2-0 lead in the second as
Adrian Beltre led off with a ground-rule double, Alex Rios
singled and Mitch Moreland followed with an RBI base hit that
was misplayed by right fielder Stefen Romero, allowing Rios to
score from first.
Texas extended its advantage to 5-0 in the fourth, when Leonys
Martin sparked the Rangers’ three-run rally with a two-run
single off Brandon Maurer, who was charged with five runs over 3
2/3 innings. Rios and Moreland recorded two hits apiece for the
Rangers, who lost for the third time in their last 12 games.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Rangers optioned INF Luis Sardinas to
Double-A Frisco to make room for Harrison, who made only two
starts last season due to back and shoulder injuries. The
southpaw retired the first nine batters in order Sunday. …
Seager matched a career high by recording his fourth straight
multi-hit game. … Seattle 2B Robinson Cano extended his hitting
streak to seven games with two of Seattle’s seven hits.
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