SEATTLE (AP) — Felix Hernandez pitched 7 1/3 strong innings and Mitch Haniger settled for a tiebreaking RBI single instead of an apparent home run to lead the Seattle Mariners in a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.
With the score tied at 1, Seattle’s Jarrod Dyson singled to open the seventh, stole second and moved to third on Guillermo Heredia’s bunt single. Haniger followed with a drive that appeared to clear the left-field wall for a three-run homer, before bouncing back into the field of play.
After an umpire review of more than two minutes, the call was overturned, giving Haniger a single off Jose Leclerc (0-1), scoring Dyson to put Seattle up 2-1.
Hernandez (1-1) allowed one run and six hits, striking out three and walking none. Marc Rzepczynski retired the last two batters in the eighth and Edwin Diaz pitched the ninth, stranding the tying run at third for his second save.
Nelson Cruz put the Mariners up 1-0 with two outs in the fourth, lining a 3-2 pitch over the wall in center for his first homer of the season and 800th career RBI.
Seattle then loaded the bases on two singles and a walk, but starter Martin Perez escaped by striking out Mike Zunino.
Texas, which had managed just one hit through the first five innings, tied it in the sixth. Jurickson Profar singled to open the inning, advanced on a bunt single by Carlos Gomez and moved to third when Shin-Soo Choo bounced into a double play. Nomar Mazara followed with an RBI single up the middle.
Perez allowed a walk and single to open the sixth, but Leclerc relieved and struck out Taylor Motter, Danny Valencia and Zunino.
Rangers: RHP Matt Bush, bothered by a sore shoulder, is expected to throw a bullpen session Saturday.
Mariners: SS Jean Segura, on the 10-day DL (strained right hamstring), is improving. “He’s feeling better. He has not gotten out on the field or anything like that,” manager Scott Servais said. “He’s doing the strengthening exercises and stuff, I have not seen him run or got any update on that today.”
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
After a leadoff single in the seventh, Dyson stole second, narrowly beating the throw from catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Texas challenged, but the call was upheld after a review of about 1:08.
Rangers: RHP Andrew Cashner, who opened the season on the 10-day DL (right biceps soreness) is likely to be activated and start Saturday. “We feel like he’s healthy, we feel like he’s ready,” manager Jeff Banister said.
Mariners: RHP James Paxton (1-0, 0.00 ERA) has not allowed a run in 13 innings in his first two starts. He has struck out 13 and walked three.