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Mariners jump out of an early hole, but fall back down in loss to Texas

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

8/30 at TEX by TOM HAYDEN

68-64, 10.5 GB in AL WEST ----

The now 68-64 Seattle Mariners were snake bitten on Tuesday night by the Texas rangers in game 2 of this 3-game series. The M's battled in this one, coming from being down 4-0 at one point, to taking a 6-4 lead over Texas. Unfortunately, the M's couldn't hold onto the lead when it mattered most, as TEX 2B Rougned Odor connected for a walk-off 2-run homer off of Edwin Diaz in the bottom of the ninth inning. LHP James Paxton started this one for Seattle, making his second start since being recalled off of the disabled list with a left elbow contusion. Paxton's outing wasn't terrible but it was not anything we have seen from Paxton so far this year, as his command was little shaky. With the loss, our Seattle Mariners have unfortunately fallen to just 4 games above .500 at 68-64 on the season. For Wild Card spot, the Mariners are not out of anything, as they are still within that second Wild card spot by 3.5 games, trailing the a couple of other teams. Currently in that Wild Card spot stand the Baltimore Orioles. 

On the mound on Tuesday night, LHP James Paxton took the ball for his 15th start of the season so far for Seattle. Paxton went 5.0 innings giving up 4 runs on 8 hits (all earned runs) while walking 1 and striking out 4 Rangers on the night. Paxton gave up a 2-run homer to TEX 3B Adrian Beltre in the bottom of the third inning. In relief on Tuesday night for J Pax was RHP Nick Vincent (3.83 ERA) who gave up a hit and struck out 1 Ranger in an inning of work. Vincent earned his 14th hold of the season in this one. RHP Steve Cishek (3.46 ERA) then came into pitch 0.1 innings, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits (both runs earned). Cishek earned himself his 3rd hold of the season on Tuesday night. LHP Vidal Nuño (3.58 ERA) then earned his 12th hold of the season from 0.1 innings of work as he gave up just 1 hit and nothing else. RHP Dan Altavilla (0.00 ERA) showed up in the game to make his 3rd MLB appearance, but unfortunately suffered his 1st career blown save after giving up 1 hit and an unearned run in 0.1 innings of work. RHP closer Edwin Diaz (2.56 ERA) went 1.0 inning full full and unfortunately gave up 2 runs on 2 hits (both earned) while walking 2 and striking out 1 Ranger in his outing. Diaz gave up a 2-run walk-off homer to TEX 2B Rougned Odor in the ninth. The blown save was Diaz's first of his career, however, as entering the game he had earned 11 saves in 11 opportunities to do so! Diaz unfortunately also suffered his 3rd loss of the season, and now has an individual W-L record of 0-3 so far on the year with the M's. 

Offensively on Tuesday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington, the Mariners were able to put up a decent 7 runs on 11 hits off of TEX LHP Cole Hamels, LHP Alex Claudio, and RHP Matt Bush. 3B Kyle Seager had good day going 1-for-4 at the dish with a pair of RBI! Seager connected for a clutch single in the top of the fifth inning off of Hamels that scored both Shawn O'Malley and Robinson Canó. The 2-RBI single tied the ball game up at 4, and completed the Mariners 4-run comeback at that time. For Seager (.288 AVG), the 2-RBI night now gives him 85 RBI on the season, which leads the ball club. 2B Robinson Canó (.302 AVG) also had himself a good night going 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored. Canó connected for a sacrifice fly-out in the top of the eighth inning that scored Seth Smith, giving Seattle a 7-6 lead over Texas. Robbie singled twice in the ball game, and now has 83 RBI on the season. 1B Dae-Ho Lee (.245 AVG) who continues to improve since being recalled from AAA Tacoma, went 2-for-5 on Tuesday night with a pair of hits for an RBI. Lee connected for his 7th double of the season in this one, but it was in the top of fifth inning when Dae-Ho singled to right field, scoring Franklin Gutierrez to give the M's a 5-4 lead over Texas. The RBI was Lee's 42nd on the season so far. CF Leonys Martin then followed Lee with an RBI single to right field scoring Kyle Seager in the top of the fifth inning. Martin's RBI single gave the Mariners a 6-4 lead at that time, and gave him his 41st RBI of the season in a 1-for-5 night at the plate. C Mike Zunino (.221 AVG) was granted an RBI from a walk in the top of the fourth inning in which scored Gutierrez. Zunino went 0-for-2 at the plate on Tuesday night, but the RBI was for his 22nd of the season. SS Ketel Marte (.264 AVG) had himself a 2-hit night with 2 singles; while RF Shawn O'Malley (.237 AVG), DH Franklin Gutierrez (.242 AVG), and LF Seth Smith (.257 AVG) each had a single for themselves intros one too. 

WHAT'S NEXT? :

It's Felix Day as the Mariners will look to avoid a seep of these Texas Rangers on Wednesday afternoon in Arlington. RHP Felix Hernandez is ready to go, making what will be his 19th start of the season. Hernandez (9-4, 3.37 ERA) and the M's are set to face TEX RHP Martin Perez (8-10, 4.30 ERA)! Be sure to tune into ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle radio as we get ready for some morning baseball, an 11:10 AM PAC, 2:10 PM ET first pitch! 

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue as our M's #KeepFighting! 

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