Harrison starts, Rangers give up late runs in loss to Mariners
SEATTLE (AP) — Kyle Seager hit a pair of home runs, including a three-run shot in the eighth, to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 6-5 win against the Texas Rangers on Sunday.
Seager has five home runs in four games, a power surge that started with a two-homer game against the Astros on Wednesday. He’s also had at least two hits in all four games, tying a career-best streak.
Seager led off the seventh inning with his first home run and then gave Seattle the lead with his two-out bomb down the right field line in the eighth off Alexi Ogando (1-2). The comeback victory also gave the Mariners their first home series win against Texas since September 2012.
Danny Farquhar (1-0) pitched the eighth to earn the win and Fernando Rodney closed out the ninth for his fifth save.
Rangers starter Matt Harrison made his first appearance in more than a year, giving up two runs on three hits in six innings.
Harrison was activated from the disabled list before the game to make his first appearance since April 6, 2013. Harrison was the Rangers’ opening day starter last season but only pitched two games before going on the disabled list with an inflamed nerve in his lower back. He had two back surgeries in a nine-day span a year ago, and another surgery on his right side in September. He battled stiffness in his back and neck during spring training, starting the season on the disabled list.
Harrison had no problems in the first three innings, retiring the first nine batters he faced. But a lengthy top of the fourth — the Rangers had eight batters and scored three runs — seemed to affect Harrison as he came out for the bottom of the inning.
Harrison walked Michael Saunders to lead off the fourth, and Robinson Cano got the Mariners’ first hit with a one-out, run-scoring double. Harrison gave up another single and a walk to load the bases with two outs before striking out Seager to end the Seattle threat.
The Rangers took a 2-0 in the second inning. With runners on first and third and no outs, Mitch Moreland singled to right field. The ball got past Stefen Romero and the error allowed Alex Rios to score from first.
Texas added three more in the fourth inning. Leonys Martin drove in two runs with a single up the middle and Michael Choice had an RBI double that knocked Mariners starter Brandon Maurer from the game.
Cano singled in the sixth and later scored on a wild pitch from Harrison to cut the Rangers’ lead to 5-2.
NOTES: Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon gave his usual Nos. 1 and 2 hitters — OF Abraham Almonte and SS Brad Miller — the day off. Both players have been struggling offensively, with Almonte hitting .204 and Miller .174. "We’ll give them both some time off and hopefully they’ll bounce back," McClendon said. … Texas optioned IF Luis Sardinas to Double-A Frisco before the game. There had been speculation the Rangers would place OF Shin-Soo Choo, who hasn’t played since his hurting his left ankle at Oakland on Monday, on the DL to make room for Harrison. Washington said the Rangers are waiting to see if Choo will be able to play soon.