For the first time this year the Mariners were able to win all of the games in one series, sweeping the Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
In the first game of the series it was Taijuan Walker on the bump for the M’s, he was able to pitch seven strong innings of one run ball, and the one run was due to a Brad Miller throwing error. Nelson Cruz continued his hot hitting with a RBI single to right to score Justin Ruggiano in the top of the first. Kyle Seager tacked on the second run of the night on the next AB with a RBI ground out. The Rangers were able to get their run on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Seth Smith added an insurance run with an RBI single in the fifth. Fernando Rodney recorded the save in the Mariners 3-1 victory
On Tuesday night J.A. Happ got the call for the M’s, pitching seven innings and only giving up one run. In the top of the fourth the Mariners were able to get a couple on the board, starting off the inning Nelson Cruz hit a triple to right field and was brought in the next pitch on a Kyle Seager ground out. The very next batter was left fielder Rickie Weeks who belted a line drive home run to left. In the bottom of the seventh the Rangers got on the scoreboard with a RBI double by Delino DeShields. Fernando shot the arrow for the second time in the series and closed out a 2-1 win.
Last night the King took the hill for the final game of the three game set, Felix Hernandez was dealing early. He ran into some trouble in the early innings when he allowed an RBI double to former Mariner Carlos Peguero in the second, catcher Carlos Corporan followed that up with an RBI single to score Peguero and put up a two spot in the second. That was all the Rangers would get on the night though as Felix did his thing, going six innings and only giving up the two runs. Offensively the Mariners did quite well, in the top of the first Nelson Cruz unloaded an absolute moonshot, a 483 foot blast into the upper deck in left, his 10th homer of the year. Mike Zunino grounded into a double play later in the inning but the run scored. Logan Morrison added a two RBI double down the right field line in his four hit night, and Robinson Cano scored on a wild pitch in the ninth to make it a 5-2 game.
The star of the series, Fernando Rodney, became only the fourth Mariner pitcher to record three saves in one series, shoot that arrow in the sky! M’s win 5-2!
The Mariners travel to Houston to face the Astros next.