Rangers down Mariners, 5-3
In a series with two teams clinging on to American League wild-card berth hopes, the first game went to the Texas Rangers.
Cole Hamels scattered six hits over six innings and Delino DeShields homered as the Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3 Monday at Arlington, Texas.
The game was 4-3, Rangers, after Mitch Haniger's two-run, third-inning home run. But, Hamels and three relievers combined to shut out the Mariners (71-73) the rest of the way. DeShields' fourth-inning solo shot gave Texas (72-71) some cushion.
Kyle Seager also homered for Seattle, between two two-run innings for Texas.
The Rangers roughed up starter Ariel Miranda for six hits and four runs in 1 2/3 innings. Nomar Mazara hit a two-run double in the first inning and Shin-Soo Choo a two-run double in the second.
Hamels struck out seven and walked one.
Haniger had three hits. In relief, Andrew Moore allowed only one hit and one earned run — DeShields' homer — while striking out seven and walking one in six innings.
The teams play at 5 p.m. Tuesday, with Marco Gonzales (0-1, 6.20) pitching for Seattle opposite Miguel Gonzalez (7-10, 4.48).
Meanwhile, outfielder Jarrod Dyson won't return this season, as he'll undergo surgery for a core muscle issue and sports hernia.