Mariners pitchers again couldn’t contain the Rangers as Texas pounded out 15 hits – nine for extra bases – on the way to a 10-7 win Tuesday (box) in a sloppily played game that had three errors and at least two other misplays. The longest game at Safeco this season, three hours, 44 minutes, was witnessed by 14,615. Essential moment
Rent-a-player Jonathan Lucroy, whom the Rangers acquired at the trade deadline for three top prospects, hit a tie-breaking, two-run homer in the fifth inning to give Texas a 6-4 lead. There was a lot of offense after that, but the lead never changed again.
Starter James Paxton, battling a torn fingernail, had a rocky outing that saw him look dominant at times (eight strikeouts in 4.1 innings), susceptible at other times (nine hits) innings) and inefficient (103 pitches). The Rangers chipped out a lot of seeing-eye hits off the flame-throwing lefty, and another error by 3B Kyle Seager that led to two unearned runs didn’t help.
The Arquimedes Caminero experiment seems to have run its course. The fireballing ex-Pirate had another rough outing of relief, giving up a home run and three walks in the seventh inning alone. Caminero came out of it with only one run allowed, somehow, but he has a 3.27 WHIP and a 9.82 ERA over his past three appearances.
After Caminero’s rough seventh inning, relievers David Rollins, Steve Cishek and Pat Venditte each gave up a run.
After Mariners 2B Robinson Cano extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a leadoff single in the seventh, trainers came out to check on him. He had a bruised ankle and was lifted for a pinch runner. Manager Scott Servais said after the game that Cano could be available Wednesday.
Seattle had plenty of offense on a 12-hit night. Pinch hitter Seth Smith and Seager both homered. Seven of the nine players in Seattle’s lineup had hits.
Rangers SS Elvis Andrus had three doubles and a homer.
“It was a grind. They’ve got a similar offense over there . . . It felt like it was going to be one of those last-man-standing games.” –Rangers manager Jeff Banister
OF Norichika Aoki was back with the team after being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma Tuesday. Aoki’s bat heated up in August, but his defensive deficiencies earned him a bus ticket south. He’ll probably get spot starts down the stretch but is more likely to be used as a pinch hitter and pinch runner . . . Reliever Tom Wilhelmsen, eligible to come off the disabled list Friday, threw a bullpen session Tuesday and could be back in action for the upcoming road trip . . . Seager’s second-inning error was his 21st. His previous high was 16, and Seager had eight during his Gold Glove season in 2014.
The Mariners get another look at their newest starter when 27-year-old rookie Ariel Miranda (2-1, 5.76 ERA) takes the mound for the third of four against the Rangers at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday. The left-hander has been spotty since being acquired in the Wade Miley trade. Now that veteran Wade LeBlanc is back in the organization, Miranda needs to show some consistency if he wants to stay in the rotation. Texas will send RHP A.J. Griffin (7-3, 4.41 ERA) to the mound, the Rangers’ only right-handed starter of the series.