M’s Win on Felix Day, Take Series From Texas


It wasn’t easy with a depleted bench and a depleted bullpen, but the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers by the score of 4-2 on Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field. The M’s take the series with the win and now move to 52-60 on the season.

Felix Hernandez got the win for the M’s. It was his 14th win of the year, tied for the major league lead with Gerrit Cole of the Pirates. The King went seven innings, giving the M’s just what they needed. He surrendered two early earned runs on six hits. He had five strikeouts.

The M’s trailed 2-0 early but mounted a comeback in the bottom of the third. They scored a run on a Ketel Marte RBI single. It was his first major league RBI.

In the fourth, the M’s got two more runs to take a 3-2 lead on a two-out blast by Jesus Montero. Montero has looked like a different player in limited action with the M’s this season. And this ball to left field was a no-doubter.

The M”s 4th run? Well what else, but a Nelson Cruz HR. It was his 33rd of the season. He’s now hit an extra-base hit in nine straight games, one shy of the Mariners record set by Ken Griffey Jr. in 1993.

We talked about the Boomstick on the Podcast on Friday: It’s been since 2005 Richie Sexson since a Mariner RH hitter has put up numbers even comparable to Cruz.

Fernando Rodney worked around a leadoff walk in the eighth to keep it 4-2 and Carson Smith worked around a leadoff single in the ninth to secure the save.

The Mariners take on the Orioles tomorrow night at Safeco Field.

Go M’s!

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