Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano struck for back-to-back homers off Cole Hamels to start the sixth inning Saturday night, and Seattle Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma rebound from a slow start to pitch seven innings and help snap the Texas Rangers’ four-game winning streak in a 4-3 victory.
Hamels (0-1) was making his second start since being acquired July 31 from Philadelphia, and he has allowed nine runs in 13 2/3 innings. He has also been touched for five homers, three Friday including Mark Trumbo’s blast in the fifth.
The Rangers are 7-2 in the past nine games, with both losses coming in Hamels starts.
Pitching: Cole Hamels was undone by three solo homers in his final two innings. Mark Trumbo started the power surge with a shot to center to start the fifth, and Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano went back-to-back to open the sixth. Suddenly it was 4-3 Seattle, which scored its first run on a third-inning balk. … Hamels allowed eight hits in his second Rangers start, the same total he allowed in his Aug. 1 debut. Four of those hits led off innings. … Hamels was pulled after six innings, two walks, seven strikeouts and 105 pitches. … Spencer Patton worked a clean seventh inning, but got in trouble in the eight as Cano singled and went to third on a Jesus Montero double. But Patton struck out Austin Jackson, and Sam Freeman got Seth Smith to end the threat.
Hitting: The Rangers worked Hisashi Iwakuma for 117 pitches in seven innings, but they managed only six hits against him and had only one after back-to-back singles by Mitch Moreland and Josh Hamilton to start the fifth. … Moreland scored on a wild pitch with two outs. … The Rangers scored twice in the second with two outs, a rally that started with a Shin-Soo Choo double and Elvis Andrus getting hit by a pitch. Bobby Wilson followed with a soft liner down the left-field line that eluded a diving Trumbo. … Rougned Odor started the eighth with a bunt hit but was picked off, and Prince Field flied out to the wall in left. Adrian Beltre was next, and he hit towering drive that had home-run distance but was about a foot foul. ... Moreland started the ninth with a single, but Hamilton bounced into a fielder’s choice and Andrus flied out to end it.
Notable: Beltre struck out in the sixth, ending a streak of 48 plate appearances between strikeouts. It was the longest active streak in the majors. … Cruz, the former Rangers slugger, has a 17-game hitting streak and a seven-game streak with an extra-base hit.
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