Dae-Ho Lee connected for two of the three home runs off Derek Holland on Friday night, and his three-run shot in the fourth inning was the big blow as the Seattle Mariners held on to beat the Texas Rangers 7-5.
Kyle Seager hit the third homer, a solo shot the batter after Lee gave the Mariners a 4-1 lead. He opened the scoring with a solo shot in the second.
The Rangers hit four homers, solo shots by Ian Desmond, Ryan Rua and Mitch Moreland twice. Desmond doubled home Jurickson Profar in the eighth to make it a one-run game, but the Rangers missed three chances to push Desmond across.
The Mariners added two runs in an ugly eighth inning against Shawn Tolleson.
Hitting: The Rangers out-hit the Mariners 10-7, but none of those hits came with Ian Desmond at second base with no outs in the eighth trailing 5-4. He had doubled in Jurickson Profar, who started the eighth with a single, but Nomar Mazara popped out, Rougned Odor struck out and Ryan Rua flied out. ... Desmond, Rua and Mitch Moreland hit solo homers off Hisashi Iwakuma. ... Profar, Desmond and Mazara had two hits apiece as the top of the lineup went 6 for 12. ... Profar has a 13-game hitting streak. ... Robinson Chirinos was 0 for 3 with a walk in his first game since April 9.
Pitching: Derek Holland allowed five hits in five innings, but three of the hits were home runs and they accounted for all five runs against him. ... Dae Ho-Lee hit two of the homers, a solo shot in the second for the game’s first run and then a three-run shot in the fourth that made it 4-1. ... Kyle Seager followed with a solo shot as the Mariners went back-to-back for the first time this season. ... Tom Wilhelmsen delivered two scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh for arguably his finest outing of the season. He did it against his old team, too. ... The Mariners scored two in the eighth against Shawn Tolleson, who didn’t pitch badly. He struck out Nelson Cruz to open the inning, but Cruz reached on a wild pitch and scored two batters later on a wild throw home. ... Another run scored on a sacrifice fly.