The Mariners were narrowly defeated on Saturday night by their AL West rival Texas Rangers by a score of 2-1. 1B Adam Lind connected for a solo home run in the fifth inning, which was pretty much the only scoring action of the game until the end. LHP James Paxton's outing was solid and he gave up no TEX runs. The bullpen however would eventually let down Paxton, giving up 2 solo homers in the ninth and eleventh innings of play. With the loss, the Mariners have fallen to 34-29 and are 4.0 games in back of the Rangers who sit atop first place of the American League West.
Offensively the Mariners put up only 6 hits on the night. 1B Adam Lind (.247 AVG) went 1-3 on the night with a solo blast in the fifth inning. Lind now has 8 HR on the year with 25 RBI. DH Nelson Cruz (.289 AVG) went 2-5 with 2 hits on the night. C Steve Clevenger (.228 AVG) went 1-3 with his third double of the season in this one.
On the mound, LHP James Paxton made his third start of the season. Paxton had himself a great outing going 6.1 innings giving up 0 runs on 6 hits, while walking only 2 and striking out 7 Rangers on the night. Paxton (2.25 ERA) was relieved by RHP Edwin Diaz (3.38 ERA), RHP Joaquin Benoit (4.26 ERA), RHP Steve Cishek (2.83 ERA), LHP Mike Montgomery (2.27 ERA) and RHP Steve Johnson (2.87 ERA). Cishek suffered his fourth blown save of the season as he gave up a solo blast in the ninth inning to TEX DH Prince Fielder. Montgomery unfortunately suffered a loss as he gave up a solo HR in the eleventh inning to TEX 2B Rougned Odor, to give the Rangers the 2-1 lead. With his first loss of the season, Montgomery now has a W-L record of 2-1 in 23 appearances with the M's.
The Mariners will now look to win the series on Sunday afternoon in what will be the series finale of this 3-game weekend series with the Texas Rangers. LHP Wade Miley (6-2, 5.82 ERA) and the M's will face TEX LHP Cole Hamels (5-1, 3.52 ERA). Be sure to catch this one on ROOT Sports NW or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle! First pitch start time- 1:10 PM PAC, 4:10 PM ET.
This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.