Mariners complete four-game sweep of Rangers
The Seattle Mariners are in the American League playoff picture — seriously.
In a supposed rebuilding year, the Mariners have surged in recent days with six consecutive wins. They beat Texas 8-4 Monday at T-Mobile Park, completing a four-game sweep of the Rangers. The last time the teams met, the Mariners swept a three-game series.
Kyle Seager hit a first-inning, two-run homer and Dylan Moore added a solo shot in the third inning.
In a five-run fifth inning, Moore cleared the bases with a double and Ty France drove in two runs with a single.
Marco Gonzales allowed four hits and two runs while striking out seven and walking none in seven innings. He improved to 5-2 with a 3.02 ERA.
The Mariners (19-22) play two games at San Francisco and then three at Arizona. Ljay Newsome starts for Seattle in Tuesday's 6:45 p.m. game at San Francisco, opposite Logan Webb.
In the 60-game shortened season, there'll be two teams from each division and two wild-card teams make the American League playoffs.
Oakland leads the A.L. West Division at 24-14, 4 1/2 games ahead of Houston and 6 1/2 ahead of Seattle.
Other wild-card contenders currently are Minnesota (26-17), the struggling New York Yankees (21-20), Baltimore (19-21) and Detroit (18-21).
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