Cole Hamels had himself a night on Saturday as the Rangers won the second game of the three game set with the Mariners 10-1. He struck out 12 over seven innings as Adrian Beltre powered the offense with three hits and three RBIs. On Sunday the tables would turn as the Mariners won the rubber match 9-2 behind Felix Hernandez. The Seattle ace won all five starts this season against Texas and today won his 18th to improve to 18-9 while Derek Holland dropped to 3-3.
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King Felix didn’t make many mistakes today, but in the second inning Mitch Moreland took him deep as he jacked a 434 foot longball to deep center. It would be a short lived lead as Seattle picked up two in the fourth. Kyle Seager scored on a single by Robinson Cano and then Nelson Cruz came around to score on a wild pitch by Holland. Elvis Andrus singled in the bottom of the fourth to bring in Rougned Odor to tie it at 2-2. But the Mariners reeled off seven unanswered to close the game. Three came on a homer by Cano and Franklin Gutierrez launched a single shot as well.
Along with Moreland, Odor and Andrus, Drew Stubbs was the only other Rangers to pick up a hit off King Felix today. Holland had one of his shorter outings of the year as he lasted just 4.1 innings in this game.
With this loss, Houston took advantage of the chance to pick up a game and now sit just 1.5 behind Texas in the AL west. The Angels are still relatively at bay as they sit four games back. Next up for the Rangers is a trip out west to Oakland for three more with the A’s. After that three game set they play their final road series of the year–in Houston. Those three games against the Astros will more than likely be where the division is won or lost.