Cruz and Seager lead Mariners past Rangers 10-4

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Time is starting to run out in the AL wild card race.

The Seattle Mariners got a bit of a boost with the return of Felix Hernandez in a 10-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Thursday night that extended a three-game win streak.

''After losing the first game of the series here, kind of regrouping, understanding where we were at was important,'' Seattle manager Scott Servais said. ''I thought our urgency, our intensity level was right on point the last three nights.''

Nelson Cruz went 4 for 4 with a home run and Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer as Seattle remained 3 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card with 15 games remaining.

''It's exciting to see everybody, not only with the patience that we go up there and battle,'' Cruz said. ''It's nice to see everybody on the same page.''

Texas entered the game one-half game behind Seattle in the wild card race and fielded a surprise lineup looking for a spark from injured veterans Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli.

One night after making an unexpected appearance as a pinch hitter Beltre was batting fourth as the designated hitter. This was just two weeks after suffering a Grade 2 strain in his hamstring and he was expected to miss at least four weeks, likely the remainder of the season.

Beltre, who joined the 3,000-hit club this season, went 1 for 3 with a single and was replaced by a pinch runner in the seventh inning.

Napoli is dealing with a stress reaction in his lower right leg and is playing through pain. General manager Jon Daniels said Wednesday the Rangers would have to manage his playing time, but Napoli was in the lineup and playing first base Thursday. He went 0 for 2.

Texas departs on nine-game trip with its season on the line.

''We've been punched in the mouth,'' Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. ''We're not out. We're going to play to the end.''

Hernandez made his first start since being put on the disabled list with right shoulder bursitis on Aug. 5. He was on a pitch count and threw 54 pitches, allowing three hits and striking out three in 3 2/3 innings.

''It was good, man. It was fun,'' Hernandez said. ''Didn't try to do too much, trying to get through 50 pitches, out there as long as I can.''

Andrew Albers (5-1) pitched the final five innings and allowed three hits.

Hernandez had an early lead to work with when Seager hit a two-run home run in the second. Three innings later Yonder Alonso hit a bases-loaded double to give the Mariners a 5-1 lead.

Alonso's bases-clearing hit was the final batter for Andrew Cashner (9-10). The Rangers starter allowed six hits, five runs, and walked five in 4 1/3 innings.

''I didn't command my fastball. I'm not very good when I don't do that,'' Cashner said. ''Going back and watching video after the game, my hips were flying open and I was flying open with my front side. Small adjustment to fix.''

Seattle pushed the lead to 9-1 during a 34-minute sixth inning that featured 50 pitches and 10 batters.

Rougned Odor hit a three-run homer in the seventh to cut the lead to 9-4 before Cruz homered off the foul pole in the bottom half of the inning.

TRAINERS ROOM

Rangers: OF Carlos Gomez has resumed batting practice but is still dealing with a high right ankle sprain. He's progressing as expected, but still struggling with mobility.

UP NEXT

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (12-3) will make his first start after being placed on the DL on Aug. 11 with a strained pectoral muscle.

Rangers: RHP Nick Martinez (3-6) will make his first start since Aug. 31 against Houston. Martinez has worked as a relief pitcher in September and last made an appearance on Sept. 10 against New York.

---

More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

Copyright 2017 by STATS. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS is strictly prohibited.

123456789RHE
MarinersSEA74-73
02003410010110
RangersTEX72-74
010000300460
  • W: A. Albers (5-1)L: A. Cashner (9-10)
  • HR: SEA - N. Cruz (33), K. Seager (25), TEX - R. Odor (29)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Segura SS61100007.295.347.422.7694.0
M. Haniger RF51000120.278.356.477.8331.0
R. Cano 2B41000102.281.341.461.8022.0
G. Beckham 2B10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
N. Cruz DH44421000.289.375.541.91616.0
K. Seager 3B43231111.257.327.460.78711.5
T. Motter 3B00000000.199.264.339.6030.0
Y. Alonso 1B40330100.269.369.501.87010.0
M. Zunino C20110201.248.331.507.8386.0
a- M. Marjama C10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
B. Gamel LF40010117.276.326.406.7321.5
G. Heredia CF20000204.256.322.350.6722.0
J. Hannemann CF10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
  • a-flied out for Zunino in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. DeShields CF40000021.278.351.383.734-1.0
S. Choo RF30000010.263.362.415.777-0.5
J. Hoying RF10100000.209.250.284.5341.0
E. Andrus SS30000000.302.346.491.8380.0
P. Gosselin 2B10000001.136.174.159.3330.0
A. Beltre DH30100000.314.391.548.9401.0
D. Robinson SS11000011.222.341.431.7720.5
J. Gallo 3B32200011.209.336.542.8785.5
R. Chirinos C20100001.271.380.551.9312.0
A. Jimenez C20000012.200.200.200.400-0.5
R. Odor 2B21141000.213.256.413.6689.0
a- W. Middlebrooks PH10000000.176.176.412.5880.0
M. Napoli 1B20000021.193.285.428.713-1.0
R. Rua 1B10000110.220.303.347.6500.5
W. Calhoun LF30000001.111.111.111.2220.0
  • a-grounded out for Griffin in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Cruz 2 (27), Y. Alonso (22)
  • HR - N. Cruz (33), K. Seager (25)
  • RBI - N. Cruz 2 (109), K. Seager 3 (82), Y. Alonso 3 (63), M. Zunino (59), B. Gamel (53)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Cruz (33)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Gallo (17), R. Chirinos (13)
  • HR - R. Odor (29)
  • SF - R. Odor (4)
  • RBI - R. Odor 4 (70)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Segura (21), Y. Alonso (2), M. Zunino
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
F. Hernandez3.23110304.191.336.5
R. Garton0.10000006.431.360.0
A. Albers (W, 5-1)5.03331613.091.1918.0
PITCHERSIP
F. Hernandez3.2
R. Garton0.1
A. Albers (W, 5-1)5.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Cashner (L, 9-10)4.16555213.401.30-8.0
Y. Mendez0.10000003.381.500.0
N. Gardewine0.11221005.402.20-4.0
K. Kela0.12221002.860.98-5.0
A. Bibens-Dirkx0.21001004.801.39-2.0
A. Griffin3.01111315.401.317.5
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Albers
  • Pitches-Strikes - F. Hernandez 54-39, R. Garton 6-3, A. Albers 84-57
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Hernandez 6-2, A. Albers 2-7
  • Batters Faced - F. Hernandez 14, R. Garton, A. Albers 20
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Cashner (10)
  • HBP - A. Cashner (8)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 93-53, Y. Mendez 5-3, N. Gardewine 20-11, K. Kela 18-11, A. Bibens-Dirkx 18-10, A. Griffin 37-26
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 7-4, Y. Mendez 1-0, A. Bibens-Dirkx 1-1, A. Griffin 2-4
  • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 25, Y. Mendez, N. Gardewine 3, K. Kela 4, A. Bibens-Dirkx 4, A. Griffin 11
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
123456789RHE
MarinersSEA74-73
02003410010110
RangersTEX72-74
010000300460
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Segura SS61100007.295.347.422.7694.0
M. Haniger RF51000120.278.356.477.8331.0
R. Cano 2B41000102.281.341.461.8022.0
G. Beckham 2B10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
N. Cruz DH44421000.289.375.541.91616.0
K. Seager 3B43231111.257.327.460.78711.5
T. Motter 3B00000000.199.264.339.6030.0
Y. Alonso 1B40330100.269.369.501.87010.0
M. Zunino C20110201.248.331.507.8386.0
a- M. Marjama C10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
B. Gamel LF40010117.276.326.406.7321.5
G. Heredia CF20000204.256.322.350.6722.0
J. Hannemann CF10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
Total3810111029523-----
  • a-flied out for Zunino in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. DeShields CF40000021.278.351.383.734-1.0
S. Choo RF30000010.263.362.415.777-0.5
J. Hoying RF10100000.209.250.284.5341.0
E. Andrus SS30000000.302.346.491.8380.0
P. Gosselin 2B10000001.136.174.159.3330.0
A. Beltre DH30100000.314.391.548.9401.0
D. Robinson SS11000011.222.341.431.7720.5
J. Gallo 3B32200011.209.336.542.8785.5
R. Chirinos C20100001.271.380.551.9312.0
A. Jimenez C20000012.200.200.200.400-0.5
R. Odor 2B21141000.213.256.413.6689.0
a- W. Middlebrooks PH10000000.176.176.412.5880.0
M. Napoli 1B20000021.193.285.428.713-1.0
R. Rua 1B10000110.220.303.347.6500.5
W. Calhoun LF30000001.111.111.111.2220.0
Total324641199-----
  • a-grounded out for Griffin in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Cruz 2 (27), Y. Alonso (22)
  • HR - N. Cruz (33), K. Seager (25)
  • RBI - N. Cruz 2 (109), K. Seager 3 (82), Y. Alonso 3 (63), M. Zunino (59), B. Gamel (53)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Cruz (33)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Gallo (17), R. Chirinos (13)
  • HR - R. Odor (29)
  • SF - R. Odor (4)
  • RBI - R. Odor 4 (70)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Segura (21), Y. Alonso (2), M. Zunino
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
F. Hernandez3.23110304.191.336.5
R. Garton0.10000006.431.360.0
A. Albers (W, 5-1)5.03331613.091.1918.0
Total9.0644191---
PITCHERSIP
F. Hernandez3.2
R. Garton0.1
A. Albers (W, 5-1)5.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Cashner (L, 9-10)4.16555213.401.30-8.0
Y. Mendez0.10000003.381.500.0
N. Gardewine0.11221005.402.20-4.0
K. Kela0.12221002.860.98-5.0
A. Bibens-Dirkx0.21001004.801.39-2.0
A. Griffin3.01111315.401.317.5
Total9.0111010952---
PITCHERSIP
A. Cashner (L, 9-10)4.1
Y. Mendez0.1
N. Gardewine0.1
K. Kela0.1
A. Bibens-Dirkx0.2
A. Griffin3.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Albers
  • Pitches-Strikes - F. Hernandez 54-39, R. Garton 6-3, A. Albers 84-57
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Hernandez 6-2, A. Albers 2-7
  • Batters Faced - F. Hernandez 14, R. Garton, A. Albers 20
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Cashner (10)
  • HBP - A. Cashner (8)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 93-53, Y. Mendez 5-3, N. Gardewine 20-11, K. Kela 18-11, A. Bibens-Dirkx 18-10, A. Griffin 37-26
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 7-4, Y. Mendez 1-0, A. Bibens-Dirkx 1-1, A. Griffin 2-4
  • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 25, Y. Mendez, N. Gardewine 3, K. Kela 4, A. Bibens-Dirkx 4, A. Griffin 11
  • 7TH INNING
    Odor homered to right, Robinson and Gallo scored104
    Cruz homered to right101
  • 6TH INNING
    Gamel reached on fielder's choice to second, Seager scored, Alonso to third, Zunino out at second91
    Zunino singled to left, Cruz scored, Seager to third, Alonso to second81
    Seager singled to center, Haniger scored, Cruz to second71
    Cruz singled to left, Segura scored, Haniger to second61
  • 5TH INNING
    Alonso doubled to shallow right, Cano, Cruz and Seager scored51
  • 2ND INNING
    Odor hit sacrifice fly to right, Gallo scored21
    Seager homered to right center, Cruz scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • A. Griffin Pitching:
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Segura flied out to deep right
    • M. Haniger: Haniger grounded out to third
    • G. Beckham: Strike looking, Foul, Beckham flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Albers Pitching:
    • A. Jimenez: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Jimenez flied out to left
    • Will Middlebrooks hit for A.J. Griffin
    • W. Middlebrooks: Middlebrooks grounded out to second
    • R. Rua: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rua struck out looking
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jared Hoying in right
    • Phil Gosselin at shortstop
    • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Alonso grounded out to pitcher
    • Mike Marjama hit for Mike Zunino
    • M. Marjama: Marjama flied out to deep right
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gamel walked
    • J. Hannemann: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hannemann struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Albers Pitching:
    • J. Hoying: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hoying singled to shallow right
    • P. Gosselin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Gosselin reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Hoying out at second
    • D. Robinson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Robinson struck out swinging
    • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A.J. Griffin relieved Austin Bibens-Dirkx
    • Ryan Rua at first
    • A.J. Jimenez catching
    • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
    • R. Cano: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cano popped out to shortstop
    • N. Cruz: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cruz homered to right
    • K. Seager: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Seager struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Gordon Beckham at second
    • Taylor Motter at third
    • Jacob Hannemann in center
    • A. Beltre: Strike swinging, Beltre singled to shallow left
    • Drew Robinson ran for Adrian Beltre
    • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gallo hit by pitch, Robinson to second
    • A. Jimenez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jimenez struck out swinging
    • R. Odor: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Odor homered to right, Robinson and Gallo scored
    • R. Rua: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rua walked
    • W. Calhoun: Foul, Foul, Calhoun popped out to shortstop
    • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, DeShields popped out to first
    • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • N. Gardewine Pitching:
    • J. Segura: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Segura singled to shallow right
    • M. Haniger: Ball, Segura stole second, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Haniger walked
    • Keone Kela relieved Nick Gardewine
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cano flied out to deep center, Segura to third
    • N. Cruz: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Cruz singled to left, Segura scored, Haniger to second
    • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Seager singled to center, Haniger scored, Cruz to second
    • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Alonso walked, Cruz to third, Seager to second
    • Austin Bibens-Dirkx relieved Keone Kela
    • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Zunino singled to left, Cruz scored, Seager to third, Alonso to second
    • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Gamel reached on fielder's choice to second, Seager scored, Alonso to third, Zunino out at second
    • G. Heredia: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Heredia walked, Gamel to second
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Segura lined out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 6th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Albers Pitching:
    • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, DeShields struck out looking
    • S. Choo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Choo flied out to left
    • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Andrus flied out to deep left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Cashner Pitching:
    • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Haniger flied out to left
    • R. Cano: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cano walked
    • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cruz doubled to right center, Cano to third
    • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Seager walked
    • Y. Alonso: Alonso doubled to shallow right, Cano, Cruz and Seager scored
    • M. Zunino: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zunino walked
    • Yohander Mendez relieved Andrew Cashner
    • B. Gamel: Strike swinging, Ball, Alonso stole third Zunino to second, Strike swinging, Ball, Gamel grounded out to second
    • Nick Gardewine relieved Yohander Mendez
    • G. Heredia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Heredia lined out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Andrew Albers relieved Ryan Garton
    • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Odor fouled out to third
    • M. Napoli: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Napoli struck out on foul tip
    • W. Calhoun: Foul, Calhoun lined out to center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Cashner Pitching:
    • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Alonso singled to shallow right
    • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Zunino grounded out to second, Alonso to second
    • B. Gamel: Gamel fouled out to third
    • G. Heredia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Heredia walked
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Segura reached on fielder's choice to second, Heredia out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • F. Hernandez Pitching:
    • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Strike looking, Andrus grounded out to third
    • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Beltre grounded out to third
    • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gallo doubled to left center
    • Ryan Garton relieved Felix Hernandez
    • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Chirinos flied out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Cashner Pitching:
    • M. Haniger: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
    • R. Cano: Cano flied out to deep left
    • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz hit by pitch
    • K. Seager: Ball, Cruz to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Seager grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Hernandez Pitching:
    • W. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun grounded out to first
    • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
    • S. Choo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Cashner Pitching:
    • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Cruz doubled to left
    • K. Seager: Seager homered to right center, Cruz scored
    • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • M. Zunino: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Zunino walked, Alonso to second
    • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
    • G. Heredia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Heredia reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Alonso to third, Zunino out at second
    • J. Segura: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Foul, Segura flied out to right
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Hernandez Pitching:
    • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Beltre grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo singled to left
    • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Chirinos doubled to left, Gallo to third
    • R. Odor: Strike looking, Odor hit sacrifice fly to right, Gallo scored
    • M. Napoli: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Napoli struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Cashner Pitching:
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Segura grounded out to first
    • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Haniger grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Cano: Foul, Ball, Ball, Cano grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Hernandez Pitching:
    • D. DeShields: Ball, DeShields grounded out to third
    • S. Choo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Choo grounded out to second
    • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Andrus flied out to left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)