Mazara, Guzman homer, Rangers beat Mariners 11-4

SEATTLE (AP) The pitching staff of the Texas Rangers isn't sold on the idea of using an opener instead of a traditional starting pitcher - yet.

The evidence continued to mount in favor or using an opener for the Rangers in an 11-4 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

The Rangers used reliever Jesse Chavez as the opener and brought in former starter Adrian Sampson in the second inning. The result: Texas snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 3-1 this season using the approach and 6-3 since September.

''I don't think it ever puts the debate to rest,'' Texas manager Chris Woodward said. ''I love to debate. I love arguments when it comes to this game. There are so many things that are changing in this game on a daily basis. It's just something I feel like it gives us . an advantage in the game I feel like. Nothing is black and white, but I think it has worked well.''

So well, Woodward is emboldened to try it again Wednesday, sending Jose Leclerc to the mound with Drew Smyly scheduled to follow. And with success like this, why not?

Chavez struck out three of the four batters he faced, then turned the ball over to Sampson. The former Mariner worked five innings, allowing three runs and eight hits while striking out six. The two are thriving under the opener approach. Chavez has pitched 12 2/3 scoreless innings with six hits as an opener, with 16 strikeouts and three walks. And Sampson, a former Mariners pitcher, is 3-0 while following an opener. He also beat the Mariners 2-1 last week.

''My understanding is we're just trying to win a game and it's working,'' Sampson said. ''I ask questions and they give me answers. Woody's always been up front with me . we have a lot of good communication and nobody's really caught off guard by anything.''

Texas hitters backed up their pitchers with a seven-run fifth inning that included two-run hits by Hunter Pence and Asdrubel Cabrera and a three-run home run by Ronald Guzman that landed in the second deck in right field. The burst ended the night for Seattle starter Marco Gonzales (5-5), who gave up eight hits and eight runs (six earned) in four innings. The left-hander has lost five games in six appearances after starting the season 5-0. He also gave up a two-run home run to Nomar Mazara.

It was the third time the Rangers have seen Gonzales this year, but he doesn't think familiarity explained their success against him Tuesday. He was 1-1 with an ERA of 0.64 in his previous starts, but Texas seemed dialed in this outing with several balls off the wall.

''Pitching . is a constant chess match,'' Gonzales said. ''I had a couple good games against them early, the dice rolled their way today. I think it's as simple as that.''

INJURY REPORT

Rangers: Woodward pulled center fielder Joey Gallo from the game with a sore wrist injured while swinging the bat. Gallo was originally scheduled for an off-day Wednesday.

Mariners: Shortstop J.P. Crawford was helped from the field after rolling his ankle late in the game. Manager Scott Servais said the injury was a ''gut-punch to everybody.'' Crawford was undergoing X-rays postgame and the Mariners will know more Wednesday.

RARE REST

Seattle manager Scott Servais gave Mitch Haniger a day off, operating under the theory that even All-Stars need one occasionally. Haniger is top 10 in the American League in doubles (second), extra-base hits (fourth) and home runs (eighth), but the 2019 All-Star right-fielder has been in a prolonged slump and is batting .229. ''Hopefully it helps,'' Servais said. ''My guess is he's watching video or in the cage or doing something right now. But sometimes you sit and watch the game for a little bit. It does recharge the batteries.''

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Drew Smyly (1-3, 6.15 ERA) will likely get the start in the series finale against Seattle, though Woodward said he was still looking at using a reliever as an opener.

Mariners: LHP Wade LeBlanc (2-2, 7.35 ERA) tries to stop an 0-2 skid with a 13.50 ERA in his third start since returning from the injured list.

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  • W: A. Sampson (3-3)L: M. Gonzales (5-5)
  • HR: TEX - N. Mazara (7), R. Guzman (6)
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E. Andrus SS31000001.314.366.488.8542.0
D. Santana SS-CF10000000.300.345.491.8350.0
H. Pence LF32220200.308.361.6381.00011.0
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L. Forsythe SS10000011.298.408.481.889-0.5
N. Mazara RF42221101.258.313.445.75810.0
A. Cabrera 3B51120031.217.290.427.7172.5
R. Odor 2B50100013.163.231.340.5711.5
R. Guzman 1B41131111.207.286.512.7988.5
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    K. Seager 3B50000012.250.333.313.646-0.5
    E. Encarnacion 1B50100012.238.352.476.8290.5
    D. Vogelbach DH51100022.252.384.596.9801.0
    D. Santana LF40100011.278.340.486.8260.5
    O. Narvaez C31200110.294.366.477.8433.5
    J. Bruce RF41100015.206.271.513.7841.5
    J. Crawford SS31210102.279.343.426.7706.0
    T. Beckham SS00000000.257.311.497.8080.0
    S. Long 2B40110016.194.286.290.5761.5
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      BATTING
      • 2B - H. Pence (10), R. Odor (5), I. Kiner-Falefa (7)
      • HR - N. Mazara (7), R. Guzman (6)
      • RBI - H. Pence 2 (37), N. Mazara 2 (27), A. Cabrera 2 (29), R. Guzman 3 (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Guzman 3 (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo 3 (3), J. Gallo, N. Mazara, I. Kiner-Falefa
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Smith (2), J. Crawford (6)
      • RBI - M. Smith 2 (9), J. Crawford (5), S. Long
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Crawford (2), S. Long
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Smith 2 (2), E. Encarnacion, D. Vogelbach 2 (2), S. Long 4 (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - S. Choo (3), H. Pence (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - O. Narvaez (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Chavez1.01000304.401.473.5
      A. Sampson (W, 3-3)5.08331604.531.4913.0
      J. Springs2.03111006.501.941.0
      S. Miller1.00000009.642.053.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Chavez1.0
      A. Sampson (W, 3-3)5.0
      J. Springs2.0
      S. Miller1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Gonzales (L, 5-5)4.08860413.961.36-5.0
      B. Brennan1.02331113.181.13-2.5
      C. Sadzeck2.01002302.421.164.5
      D. McKay2.00001300.000.756.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Gonzales (L, 5-5)4.0
      B. Brennan1.0
      C. Sadzeck2.0
      D. McKay2.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chavez 15-11, A. Sampson 97-61, J. Springs 32-19, S. Miller 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sampson 1-8
      • Batters Faced - J. Chavez 4, A. Sampson 24, J. Springs 9, S. Miller 3
      PITCHING
      • IBB - B. Brennan (3)
      • HBP - M. Gonzales (3), C. Sadzeck (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 80-55, B. Brennan 21-13, C. Sadzeck 40-21, D. McKay 29-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 1-7, B. Brennan 2-0, C. Sadzeck 2-1, D. McKay 1-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 21, B. Brennan 6, C. Sadzeck 10, D. McKay 7
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      H. Pence LF32220200.308.361.6381.00011.0
      J. Gallo CF41100035.278.422.6361.0570.5
      L. Forsythe SS10000011.298.408.481.889-0.5
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      A. Cabrera 3B51120031.217.290.427.7172.5
      R. Odor 2B50100013.163.231.340.5711.5
      R. Guzman 1B41131111.207.286.512.7988.5
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        M. Smith CF50320010.192.269.285.5545.5
        K. Seager 3B50000012.250.333.313.646-0.5
        E. Encarnacion 1B50100012.238.352.476.8290.5
        D. Vogelbach DH51100022.252.384.596.9801.0
        D. Santana LF40100011.278.340.486.8260.5
        O. Narvaez C31200110.294.366.477.8433.5
        J. Bruce RF41100015.206.271.513.7841.5
        J. Crawford SS31210102.279.343.426.7706.0
        T. Beckham SS00000000.257.311.497.8080.0
        S. Long 2B40110016.194.286.290.5761.5
        M. Gonzales P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        B. Brennan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        D. McKay P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - H. Pence (10), R. Odor (5), I. Kiner-Falefa (7)
          • HR - N. Mazara (7), R. Guzman (6)
          • RBI - H. Pence 2 (37), N. Mazara 2 (27), A. Cabrera 2 (29), R. Guzman 3 (16)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. Guzman 3 (8)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo 3 (3), J. Gallo, N. Mazara, I. Kiner-Falefa
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Smith (2), J. Crawford (6)
          • RBI - M. Smith 2 (9), J. Crawford (5), S. Long
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Crawford (2), S. Long
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Smith 2 (2), E. Encarnacion, D. Vogelbach 2 (2), S. Long 4 (4)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - S. Choo (3), H. Pence (2)
          FIELDING
          • E - O. Narvaez (5)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Chavez1.01000304.401.473.5
          A. Sampson (W, 3-3)5.08331604.531.4913.0
          J. Springs2.03111006.501.941.0
          S. Miller1.00000009.642.053.0
          Total9.01244290---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Chavez1.0
          A. Sampson (W, 3-3)5.0
          J. Springs2.0
          S. Miller1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Gonzales (L, 5-5)4.08860413.961.36-5.0
          B. Brennan1.02331113.181.13-2.5
          C. Sadzeck2.01002302.421.164.5
          D. McKay2.00001300.000.756.5
          Total9.0111194112---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Gonzales (L, 5-5)4.0
          B. Brennan1.0
          C. Sadzeck2.0
          D. McKay2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chavez 15-11, A. Sampson 97-61, J. Springs 32-19, S. Miller 12-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sampson 1-8
          • Batters Faced - J. Chavez 4, A. Sampson 24, J. Springs 9, S. Miller 3
          PITCHING
          • IBB - B. Brennan (3)
          • HBP - M. Gonzales (3), C. Sadzeck (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 80-55, B. Brennan 21-13, C. Sadzeck 40-21, D. McKay 29-18
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 1-7, B. Brennan 2-0, C. Sadzeck 2-1, D. McKay 1-2
          • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 21, B. Brennan 6, C. Sadzeck 10, D. McKay 7
          • 8TH INNING
            Long singled to left, Narvaez scored, Crawford to second114
          • 6TH INNING
            Crawford singled to right center, Vogelbach scored, Narvaez to second113
          • 5TH INNING
            Smith doubled to left center, Bruce and Crawford scored112
            Guzman homered to right center, Mazara and Cabrera scored110
            Cabrera singled to right center, Andrus and Pence scored, Mazara to second80
            Pence doubled to deep left, Kiner-Falefa and Choo scored, Andrus to third60
          • 4TH INNING
            Mazara homered to center, Gallo scored40
          • 1ST INNING
            Choo and Pence scored on catcher Narvaez throwing error20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Tim Beckham at shortstop
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
            • R. Odor: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Odor grounded out to first
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Shelby Miller relieved Jeffrey Springs
            • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Seager lined out to right
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Encarnacion fouled out to right
            • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Vogelbach flied out to center
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • David McKay relieved Connor Sadzeck
            • D. Santana: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Santana lined out to second
            • H. Pence: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pence walked
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Mazara lined out to left
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Springs Pitching:
            • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Santana flied out to left
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Narvaez singled to left
            • J. Bruce: Bruce flied out to center
            • J. Crawford: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Crawford walked, Narvaez to second
            • S. Long: Long singled to left, Narvaez scored, Crawford to second
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Strike looking, Smith reached on an infield single to first, Crawford out at home
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Sadzeck Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Mazara singled to right
            • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Guzman walked, Mazara to second
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kiner-Falefa hit by pitch, Mazara to third, Guzman to second
            • S. Choo: Ball, Choo grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Logan Forsythe at shortstop
            • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Smith singled to deep right
            • Jeffrey Springs relieved Adrian Sampson
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Seager flied out to right
            • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion fouled out to left
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Vogelbach lined out to left
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Connor Sadzeck relieved Brandon Brennan
            • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Choo popped out to third
            • El. Andrus: Andrus grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Pence: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pence walked
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Danny Santana at shortstop
            • D. Vogelbach: Foul, Ball, Vogelbach singled to center
            • D. Santana: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Narvaez singled to shallow left center, Vogelbach to second
            • J. Bruce: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
            • J. Crawford: Ball, Strike looking, Crawford singled to right center, Vogelbach scored, Narvaez to second
            • S. Long: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Long grounded out to first
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa doubled to deep left
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Choo singled to right, Kiner-Falefa to third
            • El. Andrus: Ball, Andrus hit by pitch, Choo to second
            • H. Pence: Strike swinging, Ball, Pence doubled to deep left, Kiner-Falefa and Choo scored, Andrus to third
            • Brandon Brennan relieved Marco Gonzales
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • N. Mazara: Mazara intentionally walked
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cabrera singled to right center, Andrus and Pence scored, Mazara to second
            • R. Odor: Odor grounded out to third, Mazara to third, Cabrera to second
            • R. Guzman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Guzman homered to right center, Mazara and Cabrera scored
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Foul, Foul, Ball, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (7 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • J. Bruce: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bruce singled to right
            • J. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Crawford doubled to deep right, Bruce to third
            • S. Long: Ball, Ball, Foul, Long popped out to shortstop
            • M. Smith: Ball, Smith doubled to left center, Bruce and Crawford scored
            • K. Seager: Foul, Seager flied out to center, Smith to third
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Gallo singled to shallow right center
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Mazara homered to center, Gallo scored
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Odor flied out to center
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Guzman lined out to center
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Vogelbach struck out swinging
            • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Santana flied out to deep center
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Narvaez struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • El. Andrus: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Andrus lined out to center
            • H. Pence: Ball, Strike looking, Pence flied out to right
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Ball, Smith popped out to third
            • K. Seager: Seager flied out to deep left
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion flied out to left
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera lined out to right
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Odor doubled to deep right center
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Guzman grounded out to pitcher
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Adrian Sampson relieved Jesse Chavez
            • D. Santana: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Narvaez walked, Santana to second
            • J. Bruce: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bruce flied out to deep right, Santana to third
            • J. Crawford: Crawford lined out to center
            • S. Long: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Long struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike swinging, Choo singled to right center
            • El. Andrus: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Andrus flied out to deep right
            • H. Pence: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pence singled to center, Choo to second
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Choo stole third, Pence to second, Choo and Pence scored on catcher Narvaez throwing error, Foul, Ball, Mazara popped out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • J. Chavez Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Smith struck out on foul tip
            • K. Seager: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Seager struck out looking
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion singled to center
            • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Vogelbach struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)