After taking the first two games of their series with the Texas Rangers, the Seattle Mariners are looking to complete the sweep of the first place Texas Rangers on Sunday at Safeco Field.
The Mariners will send Jason Vargas (14-10, 3.92) to the mound, who has won just one of his last five starts while posting a 6.35 ERA during that span. Vargas has been better at home lately, owning a 5-4 record with a 2.62 ERA at Safeco, including a 3-1 mark with a 2.06 ERA in the last six played there.
Texas will counter with Ryan Dempster (6-2, 4.70 ERA), who was roughed up in his last outing. He allowed five runs, six hits and three walks in just 3.1 innings of work on Tuesday en route to a 11-3 loss to the Angels. Dempster is facing Seattle for only the second time, with his last coming on July 22, 2010, a 2-0 loss to the Mariners.
First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. PT with coverage on Fox Sports Northwest and ESPN 710 AM.
Mariners starting pitcher Blake Beavan logged seven scoreless innings, allowing eight hits while striking out two. Right-hander Josh Kinney followed up Beavan to record his ninth hold of the season, and Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen notched his 29th save with a perfect 9th inning.
Mariners left fielder Michael Saunders accounted for the game’s lone run in the second inning as he launched his 17th homer of the season.
The Seattle Mariners will look to make it two in a row after beating the Texas Rangers on Friday night. The Mariners are 8-9 against the Rangers this season, but with Friday's win they improved to 4-3 at home.
Blake Beavan (9-10, 4.88 ERA) will pitch for Seattle, and Matt Harrison (17-9, 3.26 ERA) will be on the mound for Texas. The two men faced off on Sept. 16, with Harrison taking the win. Beavan turned in a quality start, giving up only two runs over seven innings, but Harrison bested him by only allowing one run over 8⅔ innings.
Game Time: 6:10 p.m. PT Television Coverage: FSH, ROOT Streaming Coverage: MLB.tv
The Seattle Mariners opened a three-game series against the first-place Texas Rangers on Friday night. The Mariners surely got plenty of glee from handing a 6-3 loss to their American League West rivals to start the series.
The Rangers knotted it up at 2-2 in the top of the third with a two-run RBI single from David Murphy, but the M's got both of those runs back in the bottom of the frame. Carlos Triunfel hit an RBI double and came in to score on a fielding error that pushed the Seattle lead to 4-2.
David Murphy hit a two-out home run in the top of the sixth to cut the Seattle lead to one run. Miguel Olivo was finally able to give the Mariners some breathing room as he hit his 12th home run of the season in the eighth; a two-run shot that made it 6-3 in Seattle's favor.
Hisashi Iwakuma turned in another quality start, allowing three runs on eight hits and no walks in seven innings of work, while striking out four.
The Seattle Mariners play host to the Texas Rangers on Friday night at Safeco Field, with a pair of rookies taking the mound as the Rangers look to lock up the AL West this weekend.
Rookie right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma (6-5, 3.39) takes the bump for Seattle. He's lost his last two starts after going 4-0 with a 1.09 ERA in his previous five, including a two-run, 5.1 inning outing against Texas in his last start.
The Rangers will counter with Martin Perez (1-1, 3.38 ERA), who is making first start since being called up from Triple-A Round Rock at the start of the month. The left-hander came in and threw 4.1 hitless innings of relief on Sept. 15 en route to a 8-6 loss to these Seattle Mariners.
Texas holds onto a four game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the AL West heading into this series.
First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. PT with coverage on Root Sports and ESPN 710 AM.