On Wednesday, the Seattle Mariners secured their second series win over the first-place Texas Rangers in as many weeks. Not only that, but for the second straight game, the normally light-hitting Mariners blew out their opponents in spectacular fashion. On Wednesday, the Mariners had a pair of eight-run innings en route to a jaw-dropping 21-8 win.
The Mariners jumped ahead 8-0 in the top of the second inning as they batted around and put up a true crooked number. The runs came on a Miguel Olivo RBI single, a three-run Dustin Ackley home run, a Kyle Seager RBI single and a two-run homer by Jesus Montero -- who had led off the inning with a single.
In the top of the third, the Mariners staked themselves to another eight-run inning and a 16-0 lead when Michael Saunders scored on a throwing error, Montero doubled in two runs, Justin Smoak hit a three-run homer, Saunders hit an RBI double and Brendan Ryan had an RBI groundout.
In the top of the fourth, Alex Liddi hit a sacrifice fly and the Mariners were ahead 17-0. The Rangers finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth with a five-run inning of their own. Texas added another pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to 17-7, but the Mariners had one more big inning in them.
In the top of the eighth, Seager doubled home Ackley and Smoak hit another three-run blast to make it 21-7. Smoak had 6 RBI in his first career multi-homer game.
The Rangers managed a Michael Young RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, but Hisashi Iwakuma completed his three-inning save with three quick outs following the final Rangers run score.
Every Mariners starter had at least one hit and one run scored. Chone Figgins was the only Seattle starter to not pick up an RBI.
No matter what happens for the rest of the season, Mariners fans will be able to look back on this game and laugh. At length.
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