Mariners end Rangers winning streak at five


It was a pitcher’s duel this evening in Arlington, but as has been the case more often then not this season, the Mariners got the better of the Rangers in this one as the M’s keep their incredibly dim playoff hopes alive with a 3-1 win. Danny Farquhar picked up his first win of the season to improve to 1-4 while Yovani Gallardo took the loss to drop to 12-11 this season.

The Mariners picked up three runs in the top of the second, including two on a controversial double by Ketel Marte. Brad Miller and Logan Morrison came in to score on a hit which had bounced on the foul line twice but was ruled fair. Jeff Banister was hot and ended up getting thrown out of the game.

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Kyle Seager got yet another RBI against Texas as he singled to bring Marte in and cap a three run inning for Seattle. Texas got their only run on a based loaded walk in the fifth as Prince Fielder walked to bring in DeLino DeShields.

In the eighth inning there was another controversial call that went against Texas as Adrian Beltre, who was initially ruled safe as he attempted to take third base on a pass ball, was called out after the Mariners challenged. At first glance, Beltre looked safe because he beat the initial tag by Seager but was called out because the umpire ruled that his hand come off the base and Seager kept the tag on. This was a crippling blow to the Rangers rally, and the first out of the inning. Will Venable struck out for the second out, but Mitch Moreland was hit by a pitch to put two runners back on base. But a strikeout by Elvis Andrus ended the Rangers threat in the eighth.

Josh Hamilton made an appearance in the ninth, but he was the second out of a 1-2-3 inning for Tom Wilhelmsen as he got his 12th save of the season.

Shin-Soo Choo had three singles in this game and has hit safely in 10 of his last 13 at bats. His three hits were half the Rangers total for the game.

The Rangers remain 2.5 games ahead of Houston as the Athletics rallied behind Danny Valencia to win the series opener in Houston, and are 4.5 ahead of the Angels, who were rained out in Minnesota this evening. The Rangers will look to get back on track tomorrow as Cole Hamels takes the mound against Vidal Nuno.