Rangers edge Mariners, 2-1, for three-game sweep
The 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.