Mariners again prevail in 1-run game, beating Rangers 2-1

SEATTLE (AP) Marco Gonzales is answering all those preseason questions about his place in Seattle's rotation.

Hard to argue with his results of late.

Gonzales pitched into the seventh inning and did not allow an earned run for a third consecutive start, helping the Mariners top the Texas Rangers 2-1 on Monday.

Seattle won for the ninth time in 10 games and reached 13 games above .500 for the first time since late in the 2014 season. And it was once again a one-run win. The Mariners have been held to three runs or less in seven of the past eight games, but are 7-1 in those games thanks largely to their pitching.

Gonzales was just the latest performance, running his streak of consecutive innings without allowing an earned run to 19 1/3.

''Yes, there was a lot of questions from a lot of people. I'm really happy for him,'' manager Scott Servais said. ''I think that's what our scouts saw when we made the trade for him. The guys in the front office recognized if we get this guy, get him back completely healthy and in a really good environment he could be a guy that could carry innings.''

Gonzales (5-3) lasted 6 2/3 innings and has not allowed an earned run since May 12 when he gave up four runs in a loss to Detroit. His only issue against Texas was walks. Gonzales walked four, including Ryan Rua with two outs in the seventh inning to conclude his day.

''I'm not trying to pay too much attention to that,'' Gonzales said of his recent performances. ''I'm trying to keep my approach simple, throw a lot of strikes, get ahead of guys and good things will happen when you do that.''

James Pazos got the final out of the seventh, before letting the duo of Alex Colome and Edwin Diaz work together for the first time. Colome, an All-Star closer acquired from Tampa Bay late last week, struck out a pair sandwiched around a two-out hit to finish the eighth inning, and Diaz pitched the ninth for his 19th save.

Seattle has 16 one-run wins, best in the majors.

''Winning is just fun. I won't lie, it would be nice if we go out tomorrow and win by like 10. That would be awesome,'' Seattle's Kyle Seager said.

The only run for Texas came in the third inning when Rougned Odor reached on a bunt single and eventually scored on a passed ball.

Texas starter Doug Fister (1-5) cruised through the first five innings, the only hit allowed a single by Andrew Romine in the third. It was a defensive miscue that created the opportunity for Seattle to take the lead.

With one out in the sixth, Denard Span hit a grounder to second base that should have ended the inning. Odor briefly bobbled the grounder and the Rangers were unable to turn the double play. Mitch Haniger's base hit barely eluded the diving attempt of shortstop Jurickson Profar, and Nelson Cruz and Seager followed with line-drive RBI singles.

Odor also got picked off second base in the fifth inning.

''We can pick apart the one if you want to, however I look at it as a whole and the positives form (Odor) outweigh the negatives today,'' Texas manager Jeff Banister said.

SPAN ARRIVES

Span, who also came over in the trade with the Rays, made his debut after being added to the 25-man roster. The Mariners optioned outfielder John Andreoli to Triple-A Tacoma to clear the roster spot. Span was 0 for 4.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus and 3B Adrian Beltre (hamstring) took ground balls before the game. It was the first time Andrus had done any field work since suffering a right elbow fracture in early April.

Mariners: SS Jean Segura was originally in the lineup, but was scratched. Segura was inadvertently kicked in the head during Saturday night's game and missed Sunday's game. Servais said Segura should return on Tuesday. ... The Mariners expect Dee Gordon will be able to return to the lineup Thursday barring any setbacks in his recovery from a toe injury.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Austin Bibens-Dirkx (0-1) will make his second start since being called up from Triple-A Round Rock. Bibens-Dirkx allowed four earned runs and eight hits in his debut against Kansas City.

Mariners: Felix Hernandez (5-4) will try to have a better first inning than his last start when he gave up four runs in the first to Oakland. Hernandez has struggled early in games and has re-examined some of his routine in hopes of being better from the start.

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N. Cruz DH40110011.220.304.420.7241.5
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R. Healy 1B20000112.250.287.478.7650.5
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A. Romine SS20100000.146.226.167.3931.0
    BATTING
    • SH - A. Romine (2)
    • RBI - N. Cruz (22), K. Seager (32)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Cruz (12), K. Seager (18)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - R. Odor
    • CS - R. Odor (4)
    • Picked Off - R. Guzman
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - K. Seager
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Profar-Odor-Guzman)
    • E - I. Kiner-Falefa (5)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - M. Haniger (4)
    • DP - (Romine-Beckham-Healy)
    • PB - M. Zunino (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Fister (L, 1-5)6.06221204.091.458.0
    J. Leclerc2.00001002.001.065.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Fister (L, 1-5)6.0
    J. Leclerc2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Gonzales (W, 5-3)6.24104403.601.3322.0
    J. Pazos (H, 5)0.10000001.420.840.0
    A. Colome (H, 1)1.01000203.801.393.0
    E. Diaz (S, 19)1.00001101.590.719.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Gonzales (W, 5-3)6.2
    J. Pazos (H, 5)0.1
    A. Colome (H, 1)1.0
    E. Diaz (S, 19)1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - D. Fister (6)
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Fister 83-53, J. Leclerc 24-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Fister 13-3, J. Leclerc 3-2
    • Batters Faced - D. Fister 26, J. Leclerc 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 102-61, J. Pazos 2-2, A. Colome 16-11, E. Diaz 16-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 6-6
    • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 24, J. Pazos, A. Colome 4, E. Diaz 4
    • Balks - A. Colome
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    I. Kiner-Falefa 3B30000111.253.329.370.6990.5
    N. Mazara RF40000021.264.332.490.822-1.0
    J. Profar SS40000021.234.307.415.722-1.0
    R. Rua LF20100100.163.207.267.4742.0
    a- J. Gallo PH10000001.197.274.465.7390.0
    R. Odor 2B31200001.215.267.312.5794.0
    R. Chirinos C10000200.190.287.387.6732.0
    R. Guzman 1B30000013.216.283.448.732-0.5
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    • a-flied out for Rua in the 9th
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    D. Span LF41000004.231.356.374.7301.0
    M. Haniger RF41100000.280.369.527.8962.0
    N. Cruz DH40110011.220.304.420.7241.5
    K. Seager 3B30110100.226.286.423.7092.0
    R. Healy 1B20000112.250.287.478.7650.5
    M. Zunino C20000001.195.242.425.6661.0
    G. Beckham 2B30100000.214.267.250.5171.0
    A. Romine SS20100000.146.226.167.3931.0
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      BATTING
      • SH - A. Romine (2)
      • RBI - N. Cruz (22), K. Seager (32)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Cruz (12), K. Seager (18)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Odor
      • CS - R. Odor (4)
      • Picked Off - R. Guzman
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - K. Seager
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Profar-Odor-Guzman)
      • E - I. Kiner-Falefa (5)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Haniger (4)
      • DP - (Romine-Beckham-Healy)
      • PB - M. Zunino (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Fister (L, 1-5)6.06221204.091.458.0
      J. Leclerc2.00001002.001.065.0
      Total8.0622220---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Fister (L, 1-5)6.0
      J. Leclerc2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Gonzales (W, 5-3)6.24104403.601.3322.0
      J. Pazos (H, 5)0.10000001.420.840.0
      A. Colome (H, 1)1.01000203.801.393.0
      E. Diaz (S, 19)1.00001101.590.719.5
      Total9.0510570---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Gonzales (W, 5-3)6.2
      J. Pazos (H, 5)0.1
      A. Colome (H, 1)1.0
      E. Diaz (S, 19)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - D. Fister (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Fister 83-53, J. Leclerc 24-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Fister 13-3, J. Leclerc 3-2
      • Batters Faced - D. Fister 26, J. Leclerc 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 102-61, J. Pazos 2-2, A. Colome 16-11, E. Diaz 16-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 6-6
      • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 24, J. Pazos, A. Colome 4, E. Diaz 4
      • Balks - A. Colome
      • 6TH INNING
        Seager singled to right, Haniger scored, Cruz to third12
        Cruz singled to left, Span scored, Haniger to second11
      • 3RD INNING
        Odor scored, Guzman to second on passed ball10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Edwin Diaz relieved Alex Colome
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kiner-Falefa walked
        • N. Mazara: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Profar lined out to left
        • Joey Gallo hit for Ryan Rua
        • J. Gallo: Gallo flied out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Alex Colome relieved James Pazos
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Chirinos flied out to left
        • R. Guzman: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, DeShields singled to center
        • S. Choo: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, DeShields to second on balk, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Leclerc Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Haniger popped out to first
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Cruz grounded out to third
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Seager walked
        • R. Healy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Seager caught stealing, catcher to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Mazara struck out looking
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Profar grounded out to third
        • R. Rua: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rua walked
        • James Pazos relieved Marco Gonzales
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Odor flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Fister Pitching:
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Zunino hit by pitch
        • G. Beckham: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Beckham singled to shallow center, Zunino to second
        • Jose Leclerc relieved Doug Fister
        • A. Romine: Romine hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Zunino to third, Beckham to second
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Heredia flied out to left
        • D. Span: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Span grounded out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, DeShields grounded out to third
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Choo singled to left center
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Kiner-Falefa grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Choo out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Fister Pitching:
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Romine flied out to center
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Heredia singled to shallow left
        • D. Span: Span reached on fielder's choice to second, Heredia out at second
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Haniger singled to shallow left, Span to second
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Pickoff attempt to second, Cruz singled to left, Span scored, Haniger to second
        • K. Seager: Foul, Ball, Ball, Seager singled to right, Haniger scored, Cruz to third
        • R. Healy: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Healy struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • R. Rua: Ball, Rua flied out to center
        • R. Odor: Ball, Odor reached on an infield single to second
        • R. Chirinos: Foul, Ball, Ball, Odor stole second, Ball, Odor picked off at third, pitcher to second to third to third, Ball, Chirinos walked
        • R. Guzman: Foul, Ball, Guzman fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Fister Pitching:
        • R. Healy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Healy grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Zunino: Zunino grounded out to third
        • G. Beckham: Ball, Beckham flied out to left
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiner-Falefa struck out swinging
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara lined out to shortstop
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Profar struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Fister Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Haniger grounded out to third
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Seager: Foul, Ball, Seager lined out to left
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Odor reached on bunt single to second
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chirinos walked, Odor to second
        • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Guzman reached on fielder's choice to second, Odor to third, Chirinos out at second
        • D. DeShields: Ball, Ball, Odor scored, Guzman to second on passed ball, DeShields popped out to second
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Choo walked
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Guzman picked off at second, pitcher to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Fister Pitching:
        • G. Beckham: Strike looking, Foul, Beckham grounded out to third
        • A. Romine: Foul, Ball, Romine singled to shallow left
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Heredia grounded out to first, Romine to second
        • D. Span: Ball, Span grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mazara grounded out to second
        • J. Profar: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
        • R. Rua: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rua singled to right center, Rua out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Fister Pitching:
        • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Seager grounded out to first
        • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Healy walked
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Zunino grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Healy out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, DeShields flied out to center
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Choo flied out to deep center
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Fister Pitching:
        • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Heredia grounded out to second
        • D. Span: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Span grounded out to first
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Haniger safe at first on 3rd baseman Kiner-Falefa fielding error
        • N. Cruz: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cruz struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)