Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Mariners 4, Rangers 2 (10)
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers dropped to 1-6 in extra innings as Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager ripped a two-run home run in the top of the 10th off Robbie Ross for a 4-2 Texas loss Wednesday night.
Extra-inning woes: Ross retired the first two batters in the top of the 10th and had an 0-2 count on Michael Saunders. Ross ended up walking Saunders, although it appeared he had him struck out on a 1-2 pitch. Seager followed with his 12th home run of the season. The Rangers have been outscored 12-3 in extra innings. They are 0-3 at home in extra innings.
Power surge: The Rangers had not hit a home run in 42 innings before David Murphy and Ian Kinsler belted home runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead on Felix Hernandez and the Mariners. Murphy's homer to lead off the inning was his first since June 9 and his ninth of the season. It was his first RBI since June 11. Kinsler's home run came with one out and was his first long ball since May 8. It was the first home run for the Rangers since Thursday in the top of the fifth by Jurickson Profar at the New York Yankees.
Holland goes 6: Derek Holland allowed a home run on the fourth pitch of the game to Jason Bay, then rolled through the Seattle lineup until the top of the sixth. He allowed singles to Raul Ibanez and Kendrys Morales to start the inning, then had a one-out walk to Justin Smoak. Holland rallied to strike out Dustin Ackley on a 3-2 slider for the second out. But he couldn't get out catcher Mike Zunino after getting ahead in the count with two strikes. Zunino hit a sharp ground ball to third base that Adrian Beltre couldn't come up with cleanly for an infield single, scoring Ibanez with the tying run. Holland did get out of the inning with a strikeout of shortstop Brad Miller.
Moreland scuffling: First baseman Mitch Moreland has struggled since coming off the disabled list, with six hits in his past 41 at-bats. Moreland was 0-for-4 on Wednesday, leaving three runners on base.
Martin with another steal: Leonys Martin had his 14th consecutive stolen base in the seventh inning. It was also his sixth straight game with a stolen base, tying him with Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury as the only other major leaguer with steals in that many consecutive games this season.
Streak ends: Martin had his 15-game hitting streak end. He was 0-for-4 with three groundouts. It's the longest hitting streak of the season for the Rangers.
Scheppers responds: Setup man Tanner Scheppers, who loaded the bases without getting an out in his previous outing, kept the game tied in the eighth inning Wednesday night. He did put runners on first and third with one out but got out of the inning by getting Mariners center fielder Dustin Ackley to ground into a 6-4-3 double play. Ackley was out at first base on a very close call that might have gone either way.
Strikeout barrage: Rangers pitchers had 14 strikeouts, tied for the most by the team in one game this season. Holland had 10 strikeouts.
Up next: On Thursday, the Fourth of July, Rangers left-hander Martin Perez (2-1, 2.37 ERA) takes on Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma (7-3, 2.42 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. CT on Fox Sports Southwest and on the radio on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.