Yet another loss by one run, the 21st this season, came to the Mariners in Arlington in a most lame way — a bases-loaded, walk-off walk to ex-Mariner Adrian Beltre by Fernando Rodney for a 4-3 defeat to the Texas Rangers (box score) on a 97-degree Monday evening. The Mariners had mostly solid pitching but no answer for Beltre, who drove in the Rangers’ first two runs with doubles before strolling to the game-winner.Essential moment
Leading off the ninth, Ryan Strausborger pushed a bunt past Rodney. DeLino DeShields was safe when his attempted sac bunt went for a single after 3B Kyle Seager hesitated before throwing to first. Rodney hit Shin-soo Choo with a pitch to load the bases. After striking out Prince Fielder, Rodney fell behind Beltre 3-0, threw a strike, then walked in the winner without a Rangers ball going beyond 80 feet.
Against Texas ace Cole Hamels in the fourth, Franklin Gutierrez drove in a run with a single that scored Seager, who tied the game at 2 in the fifth with a single that scored Mike Zunino. In the seventh, rookie Ketel Marte dropped in a single to tie at 3.
But the chance to go ahead thereafter was thwarted when Seager sent a liner to right field, where Choo, another ex-Mariner, caught it and fired a strike to the plate get Logan Morrsion for a double play to end the inning.
Taijuan Walker was busy but solid, lasting 96 pitches over six innings, giving up three runs and 10 hits, walking one and striking out three.
Edgar Olmos came on to make his Seattle debut a good one, pitching 1.2 innings and allowing one hit. In the seventh inning, he hit Prince Fielder with a pitch, but induced Beltre into a double-play grounder — the only out Beltre made.
“Command? Yeah, he walked a guy and hit a guy. I’d say it was command.” — Manager Lloyd MClendon on Rodney.
The walk-off loss via walk was the first by the Mariners since Aug. 30, 2007, when Rick White lost Cleveland’s Kenny Lofton for a 6-5 defeat . . . After a setback, reliever Charlie Furbush returned to Seattle to see doctors after soreness remained in his left biceps following a bullpen session. He’s been on the disabled list since July 9. “His bullpen did not go well,” McClendon told reporters Sunday. “It just didn’t get any better. He’s hit a block in the road, so to speak.”
The series’ second game at 5 p.m. PT Tuesday has Hisashi Iwakuma (4-2, 3.86 ERA) making his first appearance since his no-hitter against Baltimore at Safeco Wednesday, facing the Rangers Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-4, 4.22).