American League Game Summary - Seattle at Texas|
(Saturday, September 15th)
Final Score: Seattle 8, Texas 6
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Justin Smoak's leadoff homer in the eighth
inning proved to be the difference, as the Seattle Mariners overcame blowing a
six-run lead to post an 8-6 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday.
The Rangers had scored a combined five runs over the previous two innings
before Smoak launched Tanner Scheppers' (1-1) second pitch over the center-
Scheppers succeeded Martin Perez, who walked one and struck out five in 4 1/3
hitless innings in relief of ineffective starter Scott Feldman.
"I saw Seattle hitters finding holes. It just wasn't his night tonight,"
Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
Smoak's blast made a winner out of Lucas Luetge (2-1), who gave up the tying
run on a David Murphy groundout in the seventh but got rookie Jurickson Profar
to ground into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded to end the inning.
The Mariners tacked on an insurance run in the ninth as pinch-runner Munenori
Kawasaki scored on a base hit by Smoak.
Tom Wilhelmsen recorded the final four outs to earn his 27th save of the
With the loss, the Rangers saw their AL West lead shrink to two games over
Michael Saunders drove in the Mariners' first run with a two-out single in the
first inning and highlighted a five-run third with a two-run triple.
Dustin Ackley led off the frame with a home run to right field off Feldman,
who was pitching on eight days' rest and had lost five consecutive decisions
over a six-start stretch. His ERA in that time was 5.97.
Saunders made it 4-0 with a triple into the right-field corner. The hit plated
Kyle Seager and John Jaso, who had singled and walked, respectively. Smoak and
Eric Thames each added an RBI single, chasing Feldman from the game.
Seattle starter Jason Vargas walked the bases loaded in the home third, but
limited the damage to a Nelson Cruz sacrifice fly. Vargas wasn't as fortunate
in the sixth, surrendering a three-run homer to a returning Mike Napoli.
The Rangers reinstated Napoli, as well as pitcher Robbie Ross, from the 15-day
disabled list on Saturday. Napoli missed 33 games with a left quad strain.
Cruz singled home Josh Hamilton in the seventh before Murphy grounded out with
the bases loaded.
"It's good signs for us," Vargas said.
Ross had been sidelined since Aug. 30 with a left forearm strain ... Vargas
gave up four runs on six hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings ... Feldman
allowed six runs on seven hits and walked two in his 100th career start.
09/16 02:25:46 ET