The Seattle Mariners picked up a big win on Saturday night to even up their three-game series with the Texas Rangers. The Mariners blew a big early lead but came back in the late innings for an 8-6 win.
Michael Saunders hit an RBI single in the first inning to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead. The M's then jumped out to a huge 6-0 lead in the third inning on a Dustin Ackley homer, a Saunders RBI triple and RBI singles by Justin Smoak and Eric Thames. The Rangers finally got on the board in the bottom of the third on a Nelson Cruz sacrifice fly.
The Rangers cut the lead to 6-4 in the bottom of the sixth on a Mike Napoli home run, then tied things up in the seventh on an RBI single from Cruz and an RBI groundout from David Murphy.
In the top of the eighth, Smoak led off with his 15th homer of the year to give the Mariners back the lead and added a big insurance run in the ninth with another RBI single. Smoak was 3-for-4 with three RBI in the game.
Seattle can try for the series win on Sunday.
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