The Mariners’ Kolten Wong falls on the ground after being hit by a pitch by Rangers starting pitcher Jon Gray during the fifth inning of a game Monday in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)

The Mariners’ Kolten Wong falls on the ground after being hit by a pitch by Rangers starting pitcher Jon Gray during the fifth inning of a game Monday in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)

Mariners’ bats waste Gilbert’s gem in loss to Rangers

Logan Gilbert takes a perfect game into the seventh inning, but Seattle’s offense struggles again in a 2-1 defeat.

  • Associated Press
  • Monday, May 8, 2023 9:52pm
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SEATTLE — Marcus Semien ended Logan Gilbert’s bid for a perfect game with a leadoff single in a two-run seventh inning, and Jon Gray pitched the Texas Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.

Semien scored the tying run on Josh Jung’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly, and Jonah Heim chased Gilbert (1-2) with a two-out RBI single.

Ty France homered in the first off Gray (2-1), who gave up four hits over seven innings. He struck out eight and walked none as Texas won its third straight.

Seattle (17-18) had won six of seven and was trying to move over .500 for the first time since winning on opening day.

One night after the Rangers put up 16 runs against the Los Angeles Angels on the road, Gilbert mowed down their high-scoring lineup for six innings. He struck out seven consecutive batters from the second through the fourth, matching a franchise record held by Mark Langston (1984) and teammate Luis Castillo (2022).

Gilbert needed only 72 pitches to retire his first 18 hitters, fanning nine. But he immediately ran into trouble in the seventh.

Semien singled sharply past diving shortstop Jose Caballero. Robbie Grossman struck out, but Nathaniel Lowe singled and Adolis Garcia walked to load the bases.

Jung hit a sacrifice fly, and Heim’s soft single scored Lowe to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead.

Gilbert struck out 10 in 6.2 innings.

Texas relievers Brock Burke and Jonathan Hernández kept the Mariners hitless before Will Smith struck out the side in the ninth for his fifth save.

France’s opposite-field drive to right on a first-pitch fastball was his second home run of the season and first since opening day.

Seattle missed an opportunity to score in the fifth when Gray got Julio Rodríguez to ground into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.


Rangers: SS Corey Seager will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday. … OF Travis Jankowski will miss a few days after leaving Sunday’s game with hamstring tightness, and the team is expected to make a roster move Tuesday.

Mariners: SS J.P. Crawford was scratched from the lineup. He took a foul ball off his left knee Sunday. … 2B Kolten Wong returned after missing Sunday’s game with a wrist injury.


Rangers: LHP Andrew Heaney (2-2, 5.52 ERA) takes the mound after allowing six runs and three homers against Arizona.

Mariners: RHP George Kirby (3-2, 3.11 ERA) makes his seventh start of the year after giving up three runs in seven innings versus Oakland.

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