The final three-city, 10-game road trip of the 2016 season for the Texas Rangers begins Monday with an afternoon Labor Day affair at Safeco Field, and it features a pair of aces coming off dismal performances.
The last time Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels faced the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, he walked in two runs and allowed six runs in only 4 1/3 innings. The Rangers bailed him out with two late-inning rallies, including a two-run walk-off homer by Rougned Odor.
Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez lasted only four innings Wednesday as the Rangers tagged him for six runs. Four of them came on a Carlos Gomez grand slam in the fourth.
The Rangers swept three games from the Mariners, effectively ending Seattle’s hopes in the American League West, and have an 11-4 head-to-head edge this season. That includes a 4-2 record at pitcher-friendly Safeco Field.
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After four games against the Mariners, the Rangers travel to Anaheim face the Angels for three games and then are on to Houston for three more games.
Monday: LHP Cole Hamels (14-4, 2.91) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (9-5, 3.48), 3:10 p.m. (TV: FSSW)
Tuesday: LHP Martin Perez (9-10, 4.30) vs. LHP James Paxton (4-5, 3.83), 9:10 p.m. (TV: FSSW)
Wednesday: RHP A.J. Griffin (7-3, 4.41) vs. LHP Ariel Miranda (2-1, 5.76), 9:10 p.m. (TV: FSSW/ESPN)
Thursday: LHP Derek Holland (7-6, 4.57) vs. RHP Taijuan Walker (4-10, 4.60), 9:10 p.m. (TV:FSSW)