Mariners beat Rangers with two in ninth
A pair of timely sacrifices helped the Seattle Mariners score two runs in the top of the ninth inning on Thursday to beat the Texas Rangers 5-3 to open a four-game series at Arlington, Texas.
Dee Gordon led off the ninth with a single and stole second. Mallex Smith walked, then J.P. Crawford put a perfect bunt down the third-base line to advance the runners to second and third.
Austin Nola drove the ball deep to center for a sacrifice fly that scored Gordon with the go-ahead run, then Omar Narviaez dropped a single into shallow left field to plate Smith.
Matt Magill (4-1) pitched the final two innings to earn the win, striking out two and allowing one hit in the ninth.
Gordon, playing in shallow right field, made a diving catch for the second out of the ninth on a line drive hit by Rougned Odor.
The Mariners (57-78) stopped a three-game losing streak.
Felix Hernandez, in his second start after three months on the injured list, allowed three runs on five hits with three strikeouts over five innings.
Jose Leclerc (2-4) took the loss for the Rangers (65-70).
Seattle scored three in the second inning with two hits, two walks, a hit batter and a key Texas error. The first run scored when Moore was hit by a Lance Lynn pitch with the bases loaded. The other two runs scored when Texas first baseman Logan Forsythe dropped a double-play throw on a grounder hit by Gordon.
The Rangers scored runs in the first (on a Willie Calhoun home run), the second and the fourth off of Hernandez.
The second game is 5 p.m. PT Friday. Left-handers Marco Gonzales (14-10, 4.17) of Seattle and Kolby Allard (2-0, 4.64) are scheduled to start.
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