Seattle Mariners Ty France walks on the field during Sunday’s game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Seattle Mariners Ty France walks on the field during Sunday’s game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Mariners lose 2nd straight against Rangers

Adolis Garcia’s go-ahead single in the 7th puts Texas up for good.

Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas — Corey Seager doubled twice and scored twice, including the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning, as the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3 on Sunday to win the three-game series.

Josh Sborz (1-0) struck out five of the seven batters he faced in the seventh and eighth innings, including all three in the eighth, and allowed only one walk. The five strikeouts were a career high, and the two innings matched his career-long outing through four seasons.

“He’s got closer stuff,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “That second inning was about as good as you can execute.”

The Rangers won two straight over the Mariners after losing nine consecutive games to Seattle.

It was the first series loss for the Mariners to an opponent other than Houston since mid-June. They remain in the second wild-card position in the American League.

Sborz’s outing following his first big league start on Friday night against Seattle as an opener, during which he took a liner off his right biceps in his only inning.

“I was fortunate it didn’t hit any lower, on any bone,” Sborz said. “Today it felt a lot better.”

Jose Leclerc pitched a perfect ninth inning for his first save since the delayed opening day in July 2020. After pitching one more game then, Leclerc missed the rest of the season and all of 2021 with multiple arm injuries.

Seager doubled to left field with two outs in the seventh, reached third on a wild pitch by Matt Brash (3-4) and scored on Adolis Garcia’s single. Nathaniel Lowe followed with his second double of the game, a ground-rule version to left, off Erik Swanson to score Seager.

The Mariners pulled even 3-all in the sixth when Julio Rodriguez reached on a throwing error by Seager at shortstop, allowing J.P. Crawford to score.

Texas regained the lead 3-2 in the fifth when Seager doubled, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch that bounced in front of the plate.

Mitch Haniger’s fifth-inning single that scored Dylan Moore to tie the score at 2 and extend his hitting streak to 11 games. The first three of those games came in late April before he was sidelined 88 games by an ankle injury.

Bubba Thompson gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead with a single that scored Lowe and Meibrys Viloria.

Seattle scored first on Sam Haggerty’s single through the hole on the left side to bring home Crawford.

Rangers starter Martin Perez allowed three runs — one earned — in six innings while throwing 105 pitches. He struck out seven and walked a season-high five.

Mariners starter Logan Gilbert gave up three runs on five hits in six innings, striking out four and walking four.

Gilbert went into play with a 1.02 ERA against Texas this season in 17.2 innings over three previous starts.

SHORT HOPS

Lowe has a 20-game on-base streak, longest by a Ranger this season. … C Curt Casali made his Mariners debut, going 0 for 2 with a walk and a strikeout. Casali was acquired Aug. 2 from San Francisco and came off the injured list (right oblique strain) Thursday. … Rangers LHP Matt Moore began three days’ paternity leave. Moore was replaced by RHP Yerry Rodriguez, who was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock and hasn’t appeared in a big-league game.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Luis Castillo (5-4, 2.71 ERA) will make his third start with the club and face Angels RHP Shohei Ohtani (10-7, 2.68) to begin a three-game series in Anaheim.

Rangers: RHP Glenn Otto (4-8, 5.20) will open a four-game home series against Oakland on Monday night against RHP James Kaprielian (3-6, 4.38). Otto is 0-6 in his last nine starts.

Talk to us

More in Sports

Marysville-Pilchuck’s Darren Johnson-Jones, left, tries to block a pass to Miguel Chavez, right, during football practice on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 in Marysville, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Vote for The Herald’s Prep Football Game of the Week

Stanwood at Arlington, Friday, 7 p.m. Wesco 3A North leader Stanwood (4-0,… Continue reading

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Drake London, center, scores a touchdown during the second half of their 27-23 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at Lumen Field. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
Grading the Seahawks’ 27-23 loss to the Falcons

Seattle’s offensive improvement is canceled out by struggles on defense.

The Atlanta Falcons’ Marcus Mariota keeps the ball and scores Atlanta’s first touchdown of the game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Sep. 25, 2022, at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Seahawks stumble as Falcons claim first win of season

Atlanta tops Seattle 27-23 as Patterson rushes for career-high 141 yards

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Luis Castillo throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Castillo falters as Mariners blow 9-run lead in loss to Royals

Kansas City’s 11-run 6th inning delivers 13-12 win, spoils Seattle’s hopes of climbing wild-card standings

Everett Silvertips’ Vincent Lamanna puts the puck on net during the season opener against the Vancouver Giants on Saturday, Sep. 24, 2022, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Silvertips open season with dominant win over Vancouver

Everett exacts a small amount of revenge over the team that ousted them from the playoffs last season with a 4-1 victory.

The Arlington Eagles girls basketball team won the 1982 AA state championship. (Photo provided by Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame)
County Hall of Fame Class of 2022: 1982 Arlington girls basketball

The Eagles went on a remarkable postseason run to claim the 1982 AA state championship.

The Herald's prep football roundup. (Photo by Elaine Thompson)
Prep football roundup for Friday, Sept. 23

Prep football roundup for Friday, Sept. 23: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To reports… Continue reading

Washington's Zion Tupuola-Fetui, left, and Cam Bright, right, sack Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
No. 18 UW dominates in all phases in win over Stanford

Michael Penix Jr. throws for 309 yards and two TDs and the Huskies defense piles up eight sacks in a 40-22 win.

Snohomish runs a reverse play against Edmonds-Woodway on Friday, Sep. 23, 2022, at Snohomish High School in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Snohomish pulls away for key league win over Edmonds-Woodway

The Panthers force four second-half turnovers and Mason Orgill runs for five touchdowns.

Most Read