August 27, 2013 at 7:21 PM
Final: Rangers 4, Mariners 3
Top first: Hisashi Iwakuma gets the start for the Mariners and gives up one single in the first inning but strikes out the side. Mariners 0, Rangers 0.
Bottom first: Brad Miller started things off with a walk, followed by another walk from Kyle Seager. Kendrys Morales drove in one run with a double and Justin Smoak added another with a sacrifice fly to center field. Rangers starter Derek Holland entered the night 9-6 with a 2.95 ERA. Mariners 2, Rangers 0.
Top second: Iwakuma gets the first out, but then gives up a double to Alex Rios. The ball was hit to deep left field, and left fielder Michael Morse certainly had a chance to make the play, but the ball bounced off his glove. It was scored a double. Mitch Moreland followed with a single, Jurickson Profar walk and David Murphy singled to tie the game at two. Elvis Andrus’ adds another run with another single. The damage: Four hits, one walk and three runs. Rangers 3, Mariners 2.
Bottom second: Brendan Ryan doubles, but the Mariners don’t do anything else. Rangers 3, Mariners 2.
Top third: Brendan Ryan with an amazing play. Fields the ball to the right side of second base — he’s at shortstop — and makes a sliding stop, quickly gets up and throws out the runner. Rangers go three up, three down. Rangers 3, Mariners 2.
Bottom third: Franklin Gutierrez ties the game at three with his sixth homer of the year, a solo shot to right. It’s his first homer in more than two months. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
Top fourth: Gutierrez makes a nice leaping catch against the right field wall along the foul line to end the inning. Rangers go three up, three down for the second straight inning. Iwakuma has responded well from his rough second inning. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
Bottom fourth: Dustin Ackley opens the inning with a single, but Brendan Ryan ends the inning by hitting into a double play. The Mariners have had their leadoff hitter reach in every inning this game. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
Top fifth: Adrian Beltre hits a massive fly ball to straight away center field but Dustin Ackley catches it on the warning track to end the inning. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
Bottom fifth: Three up, three down for the Mariners for the first time tonight. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
Top sixth: Iwakuma gives up a leadoff single but gets the next three batters in order. He’s only given up two hits in the four innings since the three-run second inning. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
Bottom sixth: Michael Morse and Dustin Ackley each single with two outs, but Humberto Quintero strikes out to end the inning. Michael Saunders also pinch ran for Morse at second. Saunders hasn’t played since Friday because of a sore neck. He’s staying in the game in left field. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
Top seventh: Charlie Forbush comes in in relief of Iwakuma and gets the Rangers to go down in order. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
Bottom seventh: Three up, three down for the Mariners, including strikeouts from Brad Miller and Franklin Gutierrez. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
Top eighth: Yoervis Medina comes in for the Mariners and gives up a single and then drills Adrian Beltre to put two runners on with no outs. But Medina responded by getting a pop out and a double play to end the threat. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
Bottom eighth: The Mariners go down in order for the second straight inning. Not much doing offensively since the third inning for Seattle. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
Top ninth: Medina gives up another base runner, but strikes out the side. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
Bottom 10th: Michael Saunders led off the ninth inning with a sharp single, which brought up Dustin Ackley. Ackley has been one of Seattle’s hottest hitters since the All-Star break and already had two hits in the game. But Wedge elected to have Ackley bunt in order to move Saunders to second. Only, Ackley’s bunt popped in the air, at first looking like disaster, maybe even a double play. But it safely sailed over the head of pitcher Neal Cotts, who initially charged in before back tracking. With two on and no outs, Wedge elected to have Humberto Quintero bunt to advance the runners. But Quintero popped the bunt up, and this time it resulted in an easy out. That left the game in the hands of Nick Franklin and Brad Miller, Seattle’s two young middle infielders. Franklin struck out swinging. So did Miller. A rally that looked so promising ended abruptly. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.