The Texas Rangers (76-76) swept the Seattle Mariners (74-79) during a three-game series. Texas lost the season series 8-12, despite the sweep.
Ranger first baseman Joey Gallo started the scoring with a RBI groundout in the second inning of game one. Six innings later, right fielder Shin-Soo Choo drove-in a run with a sacrifice fly before shortstop Elvis Andrus used a one-run single to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead.
Ranger lefty Martin Perez pitched 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball with four strikeouts. Ranger reliever Tony Barnette finished the seventh inning, following Perez’s start. Reliever Matt Bush got the first out in the eighth before lefty Jake Diekman finished off the scoreless inning. Then, closer Alex Claudio pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his ninth save. Texas won 3-1.
Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager ‘s fielding error allowed Andrus to score the Rangers’ first run of game two in the fourth. Left fielder Nomar Mazara hit a two-run single to continue the big inning for the Rangers. Second baseman Rounged Odor finished the seven-run fourth with a grand slam, his 30th home run. Choo finished the eight-run affair with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Ranger starter Andrew Cashner pitched six innings of three-run ball with a couple of strikeouts. Rookie Nick Gardewine gave up two runs before picking up an out. Diekman finished the inning with a two-run appearance. Bush allowed a run without retiring a hitter before Claudio finished game two with a six-out save. Texas won 8-6.
Ranger center fielder Carlos Gomez started game three with a two-run double, his 22nd, in the first inning. Five innings later, designated hitter Adrian Beltre hit a solo home run, his 17th. Choo finished the series for the Rangers, offensively, with a solo home run, his 20th, in the seventh inning.
Rangers ace Cole Hamels pitched eight innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts. Reliever Keone Kela put the nail in the coffin with a one-run ninth for his second save. Texas won 4-2.
The Rangers will finish its last road trip of the regular season with a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics (69-83), which can be heard on:
Friday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 8:30 CT
Sunday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 2:30 CT