June 15: Rangers (34-35) 1, Mariners (35-34) 5
The Texas Rangers scored early against Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma, but could not get anything else going as the righty went eight solid innings in the Mariners’ 5-1 win. Kyle Seager had a huge game as he went 4-for-4 with three RBIs.
The Rangers got things started in the top of the second against Iwakuma when Brad Snyder connected on his first Major League home run — a solo shot. First-pitch swinging in the at-bat, Snyder belted an 87-mph sinker over the left-center-field wall to give the Mariners a 1-0 cushion.
Texas starter Nick Martinez was able to keep Seattle at bay until the fifth inning. In the fifth, the Mariners took a lead that they would not relinquish in the game. Seager kept his big game going by delivering his team’s first two runs of the game. With two away and runner on first and second, Seager doubled on a line drive to right to score Endy Chavez and Robinson Cano. That one hit seamed to be the only blemish on an otherwise solid game for Martinez.
With Texas still unable to break through offensively, the Mariners put the game out of reach with three runs in the bottom of the eighth. Seager knocked in another run on a double to stretch the game to 3-1. Two batters later Dustin Ackley singled home a run of a soft fly ball to center. Later in the frame, Brad Miller put the finishing touches on the three-run frame when he sent a sacrifice fly to left for an RBI and the 5-1 eventual final score.
Reliever Charlie Furbush came in in the ninth to get the final three outs and he did just that. He retired Shin-Soo Choo, Adrian Beltre and Alex Rios in order to secure the win for his starter and team.
Iwakuma got his fifth win of the season with his dazzling eight frames on the hill. He fanned six and didn’t walk a batter. He lowered his season ERA to a minuscule 2.59.
Meanwhile, Martinez got the tough loss after giving up two runs and nine hits in his six innings of work. He struck out three and walked only one in his fourth defeat of his rookie season.