Just a day after the Seattle Mariners exploded for seven runs behind a complete game shutout by Felix Hernandez, they were unable to bring anyone home in the series finale against the Texas Rangers. The Mariners dropped the three-game series by losing Sunday's rubber match by a final score of 4-0.
The game was largely devoid of fireworks of any kind. The Rangers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to an RBI groundout by Josh Hamilton. Adrian Beltre had pehaps the biggest hit; a two-run RBI single in the top of the third. Ian Kinsler hit his 10th home run of the season in the fifth inning for the final Texas run.
Hisashi Iwakuma gave up all four runs in five innings of work on seven hits and three walks. Matt Harrison picked up his 12th victory by holding the M's to five hits and four walks in a complete game shutout. Michael Saunders had two of Seattle's five hits and Brendan Ryan's fifth inning double was the only Mariners extra-base hit in the game.
The Seattle Mariners managed to open up their three-game series against division rivals the Texas Rangers on Saturday. Behind the strength of their stellar ace Felix Hernandez, the M's managed to pile up a multitude of runs for a dominating (and thoroughly surprising) 7-0 win.
The Mariners picked up four big runs in the bottom of the first inning, thanks to a bases-loaded walk, an error and a two-run single by Kyle Seager. Dustin Ackley added an RBI double in the fourth inning, John Jaso hit a solo home run in the fifth and Michael Saunders had an RBI double in the seventh.
Hernandez picked up his seventh win and lowered his ERA to 2.92 with the complete game shutout, holding the Rangers to just three hits and no walks while striking out 12 batters.
The Mariners rallied in Arlington Friday night, scoring two late runs to cut the Rangers ninth-inning lead to 3-2, but second baseman Dustin Ackley struck out with runners on the corners to end the game.
Seattle starter Kevin Millwood took the loss and fell to 3-7 in his first start since June 27. He gave up three runs on eight hits in 6-2/3 innings, including a two-run shot to Rangers' third baseman and former Mariner Adrian Beltre, his 16th on the year.
The Mariners were led on offense by Casper Wells, who hit third. He finished 2-4 on the night, and third baseman Kyle Seager added a couple of hits and a walk. The M's hitters failed to score a run until the ninth inning though, and again provided an offensive effort that proved to be too little, too late. Seattle falls to 36-52 on the season.