The Rangers’ Willie Calhoun follows thru on an RBI single in the third inning of a game against the Mariners on Aug. 11, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)

The Rangers’ Willie Calhoun follows thru on an RBI single in the third inning of a game against the Mariners on Aug. 11, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)

Rangers halt M’s brief 2-game win streak

Seattle ace Marco Gonzales scuffles and its bats go quiet in a 4-2 loss to Texas.

Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas — Nick Solak singled three times and drove in three runs, leading the Texas Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

Solak had a two-run single in the first and an RBI hit in third, when Willie Calhoun added another run-scoring single. Calhoun’s hit scored slugger Joey Gallo, who was hit by a pitch twice and walked his other two times up.

Left-hander Mike Minor allowed an infield single and three walks with four strikeouts in four scoreless innings but was pulled after 76 pitches with the Rangers trying to solve a dip in velocity from his previous start.

Texas manager Chris Woodward said before the game he wanted to get Minor out before the velocity dropped again in hopes of restoring longer outings for the 32-year-old with a history of shoulder problems. The Rangers said Minor had no issues.

Edinson Volquez (2-1) was awarded the win by the official scorer after replacing Nick Goody, who came on after Minor and allowed both Seattle runs, one of them unearned. Rafael Montero pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.

Kyle Seager singled twice to become the active player with the most hits against Texas at 179. He passed Mike Trout (177). J.P. Crawford had the only RBI for the Mariners on a fifth-inning single.

Seattle starter Marco Gonzales (2-2) gave up seven hits and four runs in five innings. The Mariners’ brief two-game win streak came to an end.

Up next

Seattle RHP Taijuan Walker (1-2, 5.79 ERA) is scheduled to face RHP Jordan Lyles (1-1, 5.56) in the finale of a three-game series. It’s the last of 20 straight games without a day off to start the season for the Mariners.

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