Double Z: Zunino homers twice in Mariners' 8-1 win at Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Mike Zunino hit the longest homer of his career, and then went deep again. Those two home runs helped the Seattle Mariners jump over two teams in AL wild-card chase.

Zunino broke a scoreless tie in the fifth with a rare shot into the second-level club deck in left field, and the Mariners went on to an 8-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night to hand Martin Perez his first loss in eight starts.

''There's always that urgency that sets in. Obviously, we're running out of time,'' Zunino said. ''You want to come together and play as well as we can.''

Jean Segura also homered for the Mariners (73-73), who went a half-game ahead of both the Rangers (72-73) and Kansas City (72-73). Seattle remained 3 1/2 games behind the second wild card spot held by Minnesota with the only team between them the Los Angeles Angels, who the Mariners play on the final weekend of the regular season.

''Guys have busted their tails all year to put themselves in this position, to play meaningful games,'' manager Scott Servais said. ''We want to stay after it and be aggressive, and just see what happens.''

Zunino hit a curveball about 470 feet for only the 23rd homer to reach that club level section in the ballpark that is in its 24th season. His second solo homer, his 23rd of the season, capped a five-run seventh-inning for the Mariners.

Three batters after Zunino's first homer, Segura hit a two-run shot deep into the lower level of seats in left.

Mike Leake (3-0) struck out five and allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings to win his third consecutive start for the Mariners since they acquired him from St. Louis on Aug. 30. The right-hander was 7-12 in 26 starts for the Cardinals this season.

Perez (12-11) had won seven consecutive starts since losing Aug. 4 at Minnesota, and missed the chance to match Kenny Rogers' franchise-record of eight wins in a row set in 2005. The lefty allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings with five strikeouts and three walks.

''Two pitches. I threw one that was supposed to be outside to Zunino and it came in. To Segura, too,'' Perez said. ''After that I did a great job, stayed in the game and trying to get out of the fifth inning and give the guys a chance to win.''

Elvis Andrus hit a one-out double off the right-field wall in the Rangers sixth. He scored on a single by Robinson Chirinos that chased Leake before pinch-hitter Adrian Beltre's inning-ending flyout to shallow right-center.

''We need to play with a little bit more urgency,'' Andrus said. ''We don't really have too many games left and we have to leave everything out there on the field every single day.''

BELTRE'S BACK - SORT OF

Beltre, who this season joined the 3,000-hit club, appeared in a game for the first time since sustaining a left hamstring strain two weeks ago. The Rangers had said then that he'd be out at least four weeks, though the third baseman is still pretty much limited to pinch-hitting duties for now since he has only done some light jogging.

''I don't want to pass up the opportunity to have our best guy not be able to come up in a situation to change to game,'' manager Jeff Banister said. ''I felt that it was the best opportunity for us to send him out there and take a swing at it.''

SHORT HOPS

Chirinos has reached base in 27 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the majors. ... With the Mariners infield drastically shifted in the third, Delino DeShields was caught stealing at second base on a 2-5 putout. Third baseman Kyle Seager took the throw at second and applied the tag on the close play that was upheld after a replay challenge.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: 1B Mike Napoli missed his fourth straight game with a stress reactor in his lower right leg that was confirmed after a second MRI. The Rangers said he is available to play, and Napoli said he ''can go out there and deal with the pain.''

UP NEXT

Mariners: Felix Hernandez (5-4) is expected to come off the disabled list (right shoulder bursitis) and pitch for the first time since July 31, when he got a no-decision in his last start. That game was also in Texas, where he gave up four runs over 5 1/3 innings.

Rangers: Andrew Cashner (9-9) has gone 6-2 with a 2.49 ERA over his last 11 starts.

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MarinersSEA73-73
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RangersTEX72-73
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  • W: M. Leake (10-12)L: M. Perez (12-11)
  • HR: SEA - J. Segura (10), M. Zunino 2 (23)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Segura SS42221102.297.349.425.77410.0
T. Motter SS00000000.199.264.339.6030.0
M. Haniger RF51200021.282.359.485.8443.0
R. Cano 2B40100022.283.342.465.8070.0
G. Beckham 2B10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
N. Cruz DH21000212.284.370.527.8972.5
a- D. Vogelbach DH10000000.167.286.167.4520.0
K. Seager 3B41120101.255.324.454.7795.0
D. Valencia 1B40110011.260.313.413.7261.5
M. Zunino C22222200.246.327.507.83414.0
G. Heredia CF41100003.257.321.352.6732.0
B. Gamel LF40100014.279.327.409.7360.5
  • a-flied out for Cruz in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. DeShields CF40100021.281.355.388.743-1.0
S. Choo RF30100111.265.364.418.7812.5
E. Andrus SS41100002.304.348.494.8423.0
N. Mazara DH30000101.259.335.440.7741.0
J. Gallo 1B40000032.206.333.539.871-1.5
R. Chirinos C30110010.269.379.547.9262.5
W. Calhoun LF20000001.167.167.167.3330.0
a- A. Beltre PH10000002.314.392.551.9420.0
W. Middlebrooks 3B10000010.188.188.438.625-0.5
R. Odor 2B30000012.211.255.407.662-0.5
D. Robinson 3B20100012.225.345.437.7821.5
b- R. Rua LF10000000.222.300.350.6500.0
  • a-flied out for Calhoun in the 6th
  • b-flied out for Robinson in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Haniger (21)
  • HR - J. Segura (10), M. Zunino 2 (23)
  • SF - D. Valencia (8)
  • RBI - J. Segura 2 (42), K. Seager 2 (79), D. Valencia (63), M. Zunino 2 (58)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Segura 2 (20), M. Zunino (31)
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Choo (20), E. Andrus (42), D. Robinson (3)
  • RBI - R. Chirinos (38)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Chirinos (19)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - D. DeShields (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - J. Segura, D. Valencia, M. Zunino, G. Beckham, K. Seager
  • E - D. Valencia (11)
FIELDING
  • DP - E. Andrus, J. Gallo
  • E - D. Robinson (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Leake (W, 10-12)5.25111504.011.3017.5
J. Pazos (H, 9)0.20000103.481.340.5
E. Pagan0.20000103.070.930.5
M. Rzepczynski1.00001003.861.552.0
E. Diaz1.00000303.521.194.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Leake (W, 10-12)5.2
J. Pazos (H, 9)0.2
E. Pagan0.2
M. Rzepczynski1.0
E. Diaz1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Perez (L, 12-11)5.17333524.821.56-0.5
R. Rodriguez0.20000006.301.800.0
M. Bush0.01221003.351.37-4.0
J. Diekman0.22331114.761.06-5.5
T. Barnette1.11000104.701.342.5
P. Espino1.00001105.401.302.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Perez (L, 12-11)5.1
R. Rodriguez0.2
M. Bush0.0
J. Diekman0.2
T. Barnette1.1
P. Espino1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Leake (8)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 90-59, J. Pazos 5-5, E. Pagan 6-6, M. Rzepczynski 17-7, E. Diaz 11-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 9-3, M. Rzepczynski 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Leake 24, J. Pazos 2, E. Pagan 2, M. Rzepczynski 3, E. Diaz 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Diekman
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 106-61, R. Rodriguez 6-5, M. Bush 8-4, J. Diekman 21-13, T. Barnette 19-11, P. Espino 13-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 6-4, R. Rodriguez 2-0, T. Barnette 1-1, P. Espino 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Perez 25, R. Rodriguez 2, M. Bush 2, J. Diekman 5, T. Barnette 4, P. Espino 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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MarinersSEA73-73
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RangersTEX72-73
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Segura SS42221102.297.349.425.77410.0
T. Motter SS00000000.199.264.339.6030.0
M. Haniger RF51200021.282.359.485.8443.0
R. Cano 2B40100022.283.342.465.8070.0
G. Beckham 2B10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
N. Cruz DH21000212.284.370.527.8972.5
a- D. Vogelbach DH10000000.167.286.167.4520.0
K. Seager 3B41120101.255.324.454.7795.0
D. Valencia 1B40110011.260.313.413.7261.5
M. Zunino C22222200.246.327.507.83414.0
G. Heredia CF41100003.257.321.352.6732.0
B. Gamel LF40100014.279.327.409.7360.5
Total35811736816-----
  • a-flied out for Cruz in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. DeShields CF40100021.281.355.388.743-1.0
S. Choo RF30100111.265.364.418.7812.5
E. Andrus SS41100002.304.348.494.8423.0
N. Mazara DH30000101.259.335.440.7741.0
J. Gallo 1B40000032.206.333.539.871-1.5
R. Chirinos C30110010.269.379.547.9262.5
W. Calhoun LF20000001.167.167.167.3330.0
a- A. Beltre PH10000002.314.392.551.9420.0
W. Middlebrooks 3B10000010.188.188.438.625-0.5
R. Odor 2B30000012.211.255.407.662-0.5
D. Robinson 3B20100012.225.345.437.7821.5
b- R. Rua LF10000000.222.300.350.6500.0
Total31151021014-----
  • a-flied out for Calhoun in the 6th
  • b-flied out for Robinson in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Haniger (21)
  • HR - J. Segura (10), M. Zunino 2 (23)
  • SF - D. Valencia (8)
  • RBI - J. Segura 2 (42), K. Seager 2 (79), D. Valencia (63), M. Zunino 2 (58)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Segura 2 (20), M. Zunino (31)
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Choo (20), E. Andrus (42), D. Robinson (3)
  • RBI - R. Chirinos (38)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Chirinos (19)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - D. DeShields (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - J. Segura, D. Valencia, M. Zunino, G. Beckham, K. Seager
  • E - D. Valencia (11)
FIELDING
  • DP - E. Andrus, J. Gallo
  • E - D. Robinson (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Leake (W, 10-12)5.25111504.011.3017.5
J. Pazos (H, 9)0.20000103.481.340.5
E. Pagan0.20000103.070.930.5
M. Rzepczynski1.00001003.861.552.0
E. Diaz1.00000303.521.194.5
Total9.05112100---
PITCHERSIP
M. Leake (W, 10-12)5.2
J. Pazos (H, 9)0.2
E. Pagan0.2
M. Rzepczynski1.0
E. Diaz1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Perez (L, 12-11)5.17333524.821.56-0.5
R. Rodriguez0.20000006.301.800.0
M. Bush0.01221003.351.37-4.0
J. Diekman0.22331114.761.06-5.5
T. Barnette1.11000104.701.342.5
P. Espino1.00001105.401.302.5
Total9.21188683---
PITCHERSIP
M. Perez (L, 12-11)5.1
R. Rodriguez0.2
M. Bush0.0
J. Diekman0.2
T. Barnette1.1
P. Espino1.0
Total9.2
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Leake (8)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 90-59, J. Pazos 5-5, E. Pagan 6-6, M. Rzepczynski 17-7, E. Diaz 11-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 9-3, M. Rzepczynski 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Leake 24, J. Pazos 2, E. Pagan 2, M. Rzepczynski 3, E. Diaz 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Diekman
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 106-61, R. Rodriguez 6-5, M. Bush 8-4, J. Diekman 21-13, T. Barnette 19-11, P. Espino 13-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 6-4, R. Rodriguez 2-0, T. Barnette 1-1, P. Espino 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Perez 25, R. Rodriguez 2, M. Bush 2, J. Diekman 5, T. Barnette 4, P. Espino 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Zunino homered to right center81
    Valencia hit sacrifice fly to center, Seager scored71
    Seager singled to left center, Segura, Haniger and Cruz scored, Seager to third on 3rd baseman Robinson fielding error61
  • 6TH INNING
    Chirinos singled to left, Andrus scored, Mazara to second31
  • 5TH INNING
    Segura homered to left center, Heredia scored30
    Zunino homered to left center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Paolo Espino relieved Tony Barnette
    • G. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
    • Daniel Vogelbach hit for Nelson Cruz
    • D. Vogelbach: Vogelbach flied out to deep left
    • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Seager walked
    • D. Valencia: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Valencia grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Taylor Motter at shortstop
    • Edwin Diaz relieved Marc Rzepczynski
    • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
    • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
    • W. Middlebrooks: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Middlebrooks struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • T. Barnette Pitching:
    • B. Gamel: Gamel singled to right
    • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Segura grounded into double play shortstop to first, Gamel out at second
    • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Marc Rzepczynski relieved Emilio Pagan
    • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Choo walked
    • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Andrus grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Choo out at second
    • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mazara grounded out to first
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Matt Bush relieved Ricardo Rodriguez
    • Will Middlebrooks at third
    • J. Segura: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Segura walked
    • M. Haniger: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Haniger doubled to deep left, Segura to third
    • Jake Diekman relieved Matt Bush
    • R. Cano: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
    • N. Cruz: Cruz intentionally walked
    • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Seager singled to left center, Segura, Haniger and Cruz scored, Seager to third on 3rd baseman Robinson fielding error
    • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Valencia hit sacrifice fly to center, Seager scored
    • M. Zunino: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Zunino homered to right center
    • Tony Barnette relieved Jake Diekman
    • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Heredia popped out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (5 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Gordon Beckham at second
    • R. Odor: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
    • Ryan Rua hit for Drew Robinson
    • Emilio Pagan relieved James Pazos
    • R. Rua: Strike looking, Rua flied out to deep right
    • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, DeShields struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Perez Pitching:
    • K. Seager: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Seager flied out to deep right
    • D. Valencia: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Valencia singled to left
    • M. Zunino: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Zunino walked, Valencia to second
    • Ricardo Rodriguez relieved Martin Perez
    • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Heredia reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Valencia to third, Zunino out at second
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to third, Gamel grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • S. Choo: Strike looking, Choo grounded out to first
    • E. Andrus: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Andrus doubled to deep center
    • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mazara walked
    • J. Gallo: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
    • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Chirinos singled to left, Andrus scored, Mazara to second
    • James Pazos relieved Mike Leake
    • Adrian Beltre hit for Willie Calhoun
    • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Beltre flied out to center
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Perez Pitching:
    • D. Valencia: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Valencia grounded out to second
    • M. Zunino: Ball, Zunino homered to left center
    • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Ball, Heredia singled to center
    • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Foul, Gamel grounded out to first, Heredia to second
    • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Segura homered to left center, Heredia scored
    • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Haniger singled to center
    • R. Cano: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Cano singled to left, Haniger to third
    • N. Cruz: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • W. Calhoun: Strike looking, Foul, Calhoun lined out to first
    • R. Odor: Foul, Ball, Ball, Odor grounded out to first
    • D. Robinson: Strike looking, Robinson doubled to deep right center
    • D. DeShields: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Perez Pitching:
    • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
    • R. Cano: Ball, Cano grounded out to first
    • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cruz walked
    • K. Seager: Strike looking, Seager grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • N. Mazara: Mazara grounded out to first
    • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Gallo struck out on foul tip
    • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chirinos flied out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Perez Pitching:
    • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zunino walked
    • G. Heredia: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Heredia lined out to left
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
    • J. Segura: Segura flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • D. DeShields: Foul, DeShields singled to left
    • S. Choo: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, DeShields caught stealing, catcher to third
    • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Andrus grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Perez Pitching:
    • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Cruz grounded out to third
    • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Seager grounded out to first
    • D. Valencia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Valencia struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • J. Gallo: Ball, Gallo grounded out to pitcher
    • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos hit by pitch
    • W. Calhoun: Ball, Calhoun reached on fielder's choice to second, Chirinos to third on 1st baseman Valencia fielding error
    • R. Odor: Ball, Odor grounded out to first, Calhoun to second
    • D. Robinson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Robinson struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Perez Pitching:
    • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Segura singled to shallow center
    • M. Haniger: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Haniger lined into double play shortstop to first, Segura out at first
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, DeShields grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Choo doubled to deep right center
    • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Andrus lined out to right
    • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Mazara grounded out to first
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)