The Seattle Mariners have finally gained momentum on their season, winning their third series in a row with a 2-1 road series win over the Texas Rangers last weekend.
Mariners vs Rangers: Game 1
The Mariners rode an Eugenio Suarez sac fly, Cal Raleigh solo homer, and strong pitching from starter Logan Gilbert into the 6th inning, until Suarez botched a throw to set up Texas’s Corey Seager and Kole Calhoun for back-to-back RBI doubles to tie the game up at 2-2. The Rangers jumped out to a 3-2 lead in the 7th, but Suarez made up for his error in a big way in the 9th, crushing a two-run opposite field shot to lead the M’s to a comeback 4-3 victory.
Mariners vs Rangers: Game 2
One mistake from starter Marco Gonzales cost the M’s big-time in Game 2, when he left a changeup over the plate to Rangers slugger Adolis Garcia with two runners on in the 4th; Garcia punished the pitch to deep left for a three-run homer, giving Texas a lead that Seattle couldn’t quite catch up to. Jesse Winker slugged a massive two-run shot to right-center in the 5th, but that was all the Mariners’ offense was able to conjure up in the 3-2 loss.
Mariners vs Rangers: Game 3
Sunday afternoon’s game looked like it was going to belong to the Rangers, but the M’s put together two separate comebacks (showing signs of fight they hadn’t displayed much since the beginning of the season) to push the contest into extra innings. Eugenio Suarez came through with his best game of the season, crushing a solo blast to center field in the 4th, singling to left to score Julio Rodriguez in the 5th, and slapping a two-RBI double to right in the 9th to tie the game at 5-5.
Diego Castillo stayed hot with a scoreless 9th, then Paul Sewald shut the door in the 10th after Abraham Toro (Seattle’s “ghost runner” to start the inning) scored on a wild pitch to put the M’s ahead 6-5.
The Mariners are staying in Texas to start the week, heading to Houston where they’ll take on the AL West-leading Astros for the fourth time this season.