The Texas Rangers swept aside the Seattle Mariners Sunday with a 3-2 win at Globe Life Park. The Rangers have won seven of their past eight games and stretched their lead on the Mariners atop the American League West to three games.
Pitching: Derek Holland pitched a season-high seven innings to improve to 5-4 with the victory. He allowed two runs on three hits and two walks. His lone mistake was a two-run homer to Nelson Cruz in the fourth inning. Matt Bush started the eighth and retired the first two batters before an error in left by Jared Hoying put the tying run at second base. Left-hander Jake Diekman came in and struck out pinch-hitter Adam Lind to end the inning. Sam Dyson pitched a perfect ninth to earn his seventh save.
Hitting: Texas scored three runs in the fifth inning after Rougned Odor got things started by beating out a bunt-single with a head-first slide into first base. Mitch Moreland reached on a fielder’s choice and Elvis Andrus reched on a fielding error at short. Jared Hoying followed with an opposite-field single to left to score Moreland. Andrus scored on a sacrifice fly by Bobby Wilson to tie it at 2-2. Andrus decoyed left-fielder Stefen Romero on the play, acting as if he wasn’t going to tag up. He took off and Romero’s rushed throw wasn’t handled at home as Andrus slid in safely. With two outs, Jurickson Profar singled to left to score Hoying to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead against starter Hisashi Iwakuma. Iwakuma allowed four hits and a walk over seven innings and stuck out seven, all in the first four innings.
Notable: Holland’s six strikeouts are a season-high ... Profar has multiple hits in seven of his nine games and has hit safely in all nine ... Paid attendance was 37,616.