The Mariners have taken the first two games of this series, a blowout yesterday and a squeaker tonight. Kyle Seager’s two-run homer in the 10th is the difference after the Mariners had squandered numerous chances earlier to ensure Felix Hernandez a no-decision. Tom Wilhelmsen gets his first save since June 10 against the Astros.
MARINERS 10TH: Huge two-out, two-run homer by Seager off Robbie Ross after a Saunders walk gives Mariners a 4-2 lead.
RANGERS NINTH: Furbush gets through the ninth, and Mariners are heading to extras for 13th time this year. They are 5-7.
MARINERS NINTH: They strike out twice more in 1-2-3 inning, giving them 14 whiffs. That’s a season high for nine innings (19 in 14 innings against Detroit. Still tied at 2.
RANGERS EIGHTH: Beltre gets a one-out single off Medina, but Furbush comes in to retire Pierzynski and Berkman, and we’re tied heading to ninth. Joe Nathan coming in for Rangers.
MARINERS EIGHTH: The M’s blew a golden chance to take the lead as Dustin Ackley, with one out and runners on the corners, grounded into a 6-4-3 DP. Very close play at first, and replays showed Ackley beat the throw. Hernandez is being replaced by Medina to start the eighth, so another no decision.
RANGERS SEVENTH: Hernandez gets out of a jam — first and second, one out — by getting Elvis Andrus to hit into a double play. He’s at 107 pitches so may be done. The M’s need to score to keep Felix from yet another no-decision in a strong outing. 2-2.
MARINERS SEVENTH: Neil Cotts replaces Holland and breezes through the seventh, striking out two. M’s have fanned 12 times. 2-2.
RANGERS SIXTH: Felix gives up a leadoff double to Beltre, then gets three outs without him advancing. 2-2.
MARINERS SIXTH: The M’s tie it on two-out, bases-loaded single by Zunino, a hard grounder to third off the glove of Gold Glove third baseman Adrian Beltre. Great at-bat for Zunino, who had struck out twice previously, stranding four runners. He fell behind 0-2, worked the count full, fouled off a pitch, then got his hit. But Miller struck out to end the inning. 2-2.
RANGERS FIFTH: David Murphy tied it with a leadoff homer to right, and Kinsler untied it with a solo homer to left on a 3-2 pitch. It’s just the second time this season Hernandez has given up two homers in an inning. 2-1 Rangers.
MARINERS FIFTH: Holland quickly disposed of the Mariners in order, and this one has settled into a pitchers duel. 1-0 Mariners.
MARINERS FOURTH: Mariners strand two more. Zunino has struck out twice with two runners aboard. 1-0 Mariners.
MARINERS THIRD: In his last start against the Mariners here, Derek Holland gave up eight runs in the second inning in a 21-8 loss last May 30. But he’s settled down after Bay’s leadoff homer, and had his first 1-2-3 inning in the third. 1-0 Mariners
TEXAS SECOND: Hernandez is 0-2 with a 5.84 ERA in two losses to the Rangers this year, giving up 21 hits in 12 1/3 innings. He’s given up three hits through two but stranded runners at first and third by getting Leonys Martin to ground out. 1-0 Mariners.
MARINERS SECOND: The Mariners get runners on first and third with no outs on singles by Seager and Smoak — and can’t score. Ackley flied out to right too shallow to get the run in, Zunino struck out, and Miller flied out. 1-0 Mariners
MARINERS FIRST: Jason Bay gets the M’s off to a nice start with a leadoff homer off Derek Holland for a 1-0 Seattle lead.
I’ll have a post up on Danny Hultzen in a moment. Jack Zduriencik called his new irritation “a minor setback.”