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Seattle pitcher Marco Gonzales pitches well, but the Mariners score only one run on J.P. Crawford's RBI single; a three-game series at Oakland is next

SAMPSONThe Seattle Mariners continue to lose games. Many times it's because of shaky pitching. But, when Marco Gonzales pitched well Wednesday, the Mariners didn't hit, and they suffered a 2-1 loss at Texas. The Rangers completed a three-game sweep.

The Mariners, who play three games at hot Oakland next, have fallen to 23-29. That means it's a 10-27 record since starting the season 13-2. They have also fallen into last place in the American League West Division.

Gonzales (5-4) gave up seven hits and two runs (one earned) in seven innings. He gave up a first-inning RBI double to Nomar Mazara and a sixth-inning homer to Hunter Pence.

But, it wasn't enough. J.P. Crawford plated Seattle's only run with a seventh-inning single.

Adrian Freeman and three relievers combined to scatter seven hits and strike out nine for the Rangers (24-23).

The Mariners had two runners on in the top of the ninth inning, but Shawn Kelley struck out Dylan Moore and Shed Long to end the game.

Coming off three-game sweeps of Detroit and Cleveland, the Oakland Athletics (25-25) welcome the Mariners for a three-game series.

After an off day Thursday, the first game is 7 p.m. Friday with Wade LeBlanc (2-1, 7.36) pitching for Seattle opposite Daniel Mengden (1-1, 3.65). The Mariners are 4-0 against Oakland.

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