Dae-Ho walks off in tenth, Walker tosses gem in 4-2 win over Rangers

Mariners 1B Dae-Ho Lee connects for a Walk-Off 2-run homerun in Wednesday's win vs Texas Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Mariners 1B Dae-Ho Lee connects for a Walk-Off 2-run homerun in Wednesday's win vs Texas
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

4/13 vs TEX by TOM HAYDEN


DAE-HO LEE  was the main focus on Wednesday afternoon around baseball as he hit his second major league homer, a 2-run HR to right field off of Texas closer  Jake Diekman. It came at the perfect time as the M's not only walked off in the tenth inning from the homer, but they also snapped the five game losing streak at Safeco Field to start 2016. This is exactly what the team needed; something big to help them bounce back as they begin to pack their bags for the Bronx, NY. The Mariners will come off of the win heading to the east coast where they will open up a three game series with the New York Yankees on Friday night. 2B Robinson Canó, who also hit his fifth HR on Wednesday (AL leader) is really looking forward to playing in his old stadium. Canó always plays well n New York, something to look forward to as this series commences. 

On Wednesday, even though Dae-Ho Lee's walk-off homer sealed the deal, Mariners RHP Taijuan Walker got the start and pitched a fantastic game. Walker made sure that the Mariners would be able to snap the five game losing streak as he tossed 6 innings only giving up 5 hits, 1 run (earned) and 2 walks. Walker struck out 4 on the day. Something we saw last season from Walker was a tough start, be he slowly became a positive, solid starter for the M's. LHP Vidal Nuño, RHP Joel Peralta and RHP Steve Cishek pitched in relief for this one. Steve Cishek, who has had a decent start for the M's this season pitched two great innings to end the ballgame, striking out 3 batters in the tenth. 

Offensively, LF Nori Aoki reached base three times on the day as he recorded 2 hits on the day and reached second base off of an error. Aoki now looks to extend his hit streak to 9 games on Friday in New York. 2B Robinson Canó connected for his fifth HR of the season, and he now lead the AL with that number. 

The Mariners are now on their way to the Bronx to take on the New York Yankees in what is the start of a three game series with the Yanks. Friday, RHP Nathan Karns (0-1, 7.20 ERA) will take on NYY RHP Luis Severino (0-1, 5.40 ERA) in his second start as a Mariner. King Felix is set to pitch Saturday facing CC Sabathia (Catch this one, 1:05 ET, 10:35 PAC on MLB Network!). On Sunday, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma will face Masahiro Tanaka. This series should be a good one both offensively and defensively, so make sure you tune into ROOT Sports NW or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle. 

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue