Rangers break through in seventh, beat Mariners 2-0

SEATTLE (AP) Interim manager Don Wakamatsu is getting a long September look at some of the future pitching pieces of the Texas Rangers.

Rookie right-hander Ariel Jurado is stating his case to be included in the Rangers' 2019 rotation. And hard-throwing Jose Leclerc just keeps putting up zeroes at the back end of the bullpen.

Jurado gave up two hits in six innings, first baseman Ronald Guzman broke a tie with an RBI single in the seventh and the Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.

Guzman hammered reliever Zach Duke's sinking fastball into the right-center gap, scoring Ryan Rua, who reached base on a one-out double.

Guzman scored after right-hander Shawn Armstrong plunked Isiah Kiner-Falefa in the helmet with the bases loaded later in the inning.

Jurado (5-5) beat the Mariners for the second time in six days. This time, he induced nine ground-ball outs and struck out three.

''That sinker, and his ability to get guys to swing early in the count, is critical,'' Wakamatsu said. ''I thought he pitched a heck of a ballgame.''

The only hits Jurado gave up Thursday were Daniel Vogelbach's opposite-field single to left field in the second inning, and Ben Gamel's single to right field in the sixth. At one point, he retired 10 batters in a row.

''We didn't do much at all,'' said Mariners manager Scott Servais, whose club was shut out for the seventh time this season. ''We hit a lot of balls on the ground tonight. We really just didn't get into a lot of at-bats, and didn't square him up.''

Leclerc extended his scoreless streak to 21 innings. He gave up a leadoff single to Mitch Haniger in the ninth inning, but retired Jean Segura, Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz in order to nab his 12th save.

Leclerc has not been scored on in his past 21 appearances, dating to July 28. His 21-inning scoreless streak is the second-longest in the majors behind Minnesota's Taylor Rogers (23 ? innings).

''For me, this has been unbelievable,'' said Leclerc, who took over the ninth-inning role after Keone Kela was traded to Pittsburgh at the end of July. ''I just try to work hard to command the fastball. That was a big problem last year.''

Duke (5-5) gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning after Seattle starter Marco Gonzales held the Rangers scoreless for five innings, giving up two hits and striking out six.

Texas has won five of its past six games against the Mariners.

HANIGER JOINS AL ELITE

In his second full season with the Mariners, Haniger ranks eighth among AL position players with a Wins Above Replacement (WAR) of 6.0.

It is the highest of any Seattle outfielder since 2009 when Franklin Gutierrez finished with a 6.6. The other two Seattle outfielders with a 6.0 WAR or better were Ken Griffey Jr. (six times) and Ichiro Suzuki (two).

''I'm not surprised really by anything he's done because the work ethic, the discipline and structure he has,'' Servais said. ''He's as good as anyone.''

LONG WAIT OVER

Right-hander Adrian Sampson figured his first Safeco Field start would be with the hometown Mariners, the team that traded for him in 2015.

But after a season-ending elbow injury on the road with the Mariners in 2016, he was released. And now with Texas, he has worked his way back to the big leagues, first as a reliever and now a late-season starter. His final appearance is Saturday.

''It is a good story,'' said Sampson, who is from nearby Redmond, Washington. ''I have come a long ways, and to have this be the last start after the ups and downs earlier this year . to finish here is big for me.''

ROSTER RESHUFFLING

Mariners: Servais confirmed LHP James Paxton will make his final start Saturday, but declined to name a starter for the season finale Sunday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: 3B Adrian Beltre (hip) was held out Thursday, but Wakamatsu expects the four-time All Star to serve as the designated hitter for the next two games before deciding if he plays in the field in the season finale Sunday. ''We will honor whatever he wants,'' Wakamatsu said.

Mariners: OF Denard Span (leg) and INF/OF Dee Gordon (toe) were held out of the starting lineup Thursday, but Servais thinks they will be available for the final three games. Span did fly out to center field as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (2-6, 6.13 ERA) wraps up his worst season as a professional. He seeks his eighth career win against the Mariners, which would tie Oakland for his most against any opponent.

Mariners: LHP Wade LeBlanc (8-5, 3.55 ERA) has one final chance to win a career-best ninth game in a season. He won eight games in 2010 with San Diego. It will also be his 27th start for Seattle, which will be a career high. LeBlanc took the loss Sunday against the Rangers.

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  • W: A. Jurado (5-5)L: Z. Duke (5-5)S: J. Leclerc (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Odor 2B40100101.257.330.432.7622.0
I. Kiner-Falefa C40010013.261.326.358.6841.5
N. Mazara RF40100025.258.318.437.7550.0
J. Profar 3B20000221.253.336.461.7971.0
J. Gallo DH40000012.207.313.503.816-0.5
R. Rua CF-LF41100012.199.225.368.5932.5
R. Guzman 1B41110012.237.307.421.7282.5
W. Calhoun LF30000021.232.279.347.626-1.0
D. DeShields CF10000000.209.305.276.5810.0
H. Alberto SS40300000.192.250.269.5194.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Haniger CF40100000.283.364.492.8551.0
    J. Segura SS40000002.301.338.413.7510.0
    R. Cano 2B40000001.296.369.465.8340.0
    N. Cruz DH40000031.259.343.514.857-1.5
    K. Seager 3B30000010.220.273.399.671-0.5
    D. Vogelbach 1B20100000.213.337.388.7241.0
    a- R. Healy PH-1B10000010.239.278.418.695-0.5
    M. Zunino C20000101.203.262.416.6781.0
    B. Gamel RF30100011.275.361.373.7330.5
    K. Negron LF20000011.280.280.400.680-0.5
    b- D. Span PH-LF10000001.264.343.424.7670.0
    HITTERSAB
    M. Haniger CF4
    J. Segura SS4
    R. Cano 2B4
    N. Cruz DH4
    K. Seager 3B3
    D. Vogelbach 1B2
    a- R. Healy PH-1B1
    M. Zunino C2
    B. Gamel RF3
    K. Negron LF2
    b- D. Span PH-LF1
    • a-struck out for Vogelbach in the 8th
    • b-popped out for Negron in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Rua (3), H. Alberto (2)
    • RBI - I. Kiner-Falefa (34), R. Guzman (58)
    • 2-Out RBI - I. Kiner-Falefa (12)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - I. Kiner-Falefa, N. Mazara 5 (5), J. Profar, R. Guzman 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Segura, N. Cruz, M. Zunino, D. Span
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Alberto-Guzman)
    • E - J. Profar (25)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Jurado (W, 5-5)6.02000305.931.5427.5
    M. Moore (H, 2)1.00000106.981.673.5
    C. Sadzeck (H, 5)1.00001200.001.613.0
    J. Leclerc (S, 12)1.01000101.560.859.5
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Jurado (W, 5-5)6.0
    M. Moore (H, 2)1.0
    C. Sadzeck (H, 5)1.0
    J. Leclerc (S, 12)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Gonzales5.02001604.001.2215.0
    J. Pazos1.01000102.811.212.5
    Z. Duke (L, 5-5)0.22220104.291.55-8.5
    S. Armstrong0.11001101.320.80-1.5
    N. Vincent1.00001104.071.172.5
    R. Cook1.01000005.291.292.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Gonzales5.0
    J. Pazos1.0
    Z. Duke (L, 5-5)0.2
    S. Armstrong0.1
    N. Vincent1.0
    R. Cook1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Jurado 80-51, M. Moore 9-6, C. Sadzeck 15-9, J. Leclerc 13-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Jurado 9-6, M. Moore 1-1
    • Batters Faced - A. Jurado 20, M. Moore 3, C. Sadzeck 4, J. Leclerc 4
    PITCHING
    • IBB - S. Armstrong
    • HBP - S. Armstrong (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 70-50, J. Pazos 13-9, Z. Duke 17-10, S. Armstrong 13-9, N. Vincent 15-10, R. Cook 15-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 3-6, Z. Duke 1-0, R. Cook 2-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 18, J. Pazos 4, Z. Duke 4, S. Armstrong 4, N. Vincent 4, R. Cook 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Odor 2B40100101.257.330.432.7622.0
    I. Kiner-Falefa C40010013.261.326.358.6841.5
    N. Mazara RF40100025.258.318.437.7550.0
    J. Profar 3B20000221.253.336.461.7971.0
    J. Gallo DH40000012.207.313.503.816-0.5
    R. Rua CF-LF41100012.199.225.368.5932.5
    R. Guzman 1B41110012.237.307.421.7282.5
    W. Calhoun LF30000021.232.279.347.626-1.0
    D. DeShields CF10000000.209.305.276.5810.0
    H. Alberto SS40300000.192.250.269.5194.0
    Total34272031017-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Haniger CF40100000.283.364.492.8551.0
      J. Segura SS40000002.301.338.413.7510.0
      R. Cano 2B40000001.296.369.465.8340.0
      N. Cruz DH40000031.259.343.514.857-1.5
      K. Seager 3B30000010.220.273.399.671-0.5
      D. Vogelbach 1B20100000.213.337.388.7241.0
      a- R. Healy PH-1B10000010.239.278.418.695-0.5
      M. Zunino C20000101.203.262.416.6781.0
      B. Gamel RF30100011.275.361.373.7330.5
      K. Negron LF20000011.280.280.400.680-0.5
      b- D. Span PH-LF10000001.264.343.424.7670.0
      Total300300178-----
      HITTERSAB
      M. Haniger CF4
      J. Segura SS4
      R. Cano 2B4
      N. Cruz DH4
      K. Seager 3B3
      D. Vogelbach 1B2
      a- R. Healy PH-1B1
      M. Zunino C2
      B. Gamel RF3
      K. Negron LF2
      b- D. Span PH-LF1
      Total30
      • a-struck out for Vogelbach in the 8th
      • b-popped out for Negron in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Rua (3), H. Alberto (2)
      • RBI - I. Kiner-Falefa (34), R. Guzman (58)
      • 2-Out RBI - I. Kiner-Falefa (12)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - I. Kiner-Falefa, N. Mazara 5 (5), J. Profar, R. Guzman 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Segura, N. Cruz, M. Zunino, D. Span
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Alberto-Guzman)
      • E - J. Profar (25)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Jurado (W, 5-5)6.02000305.931.5427.5
      M. Moore (H, 2)1.00000106.981.673.5
      C. Sadzeck (H, 5)1.00001200.001.613.0
      J. Leclerc (S, 12)1.01000101.560.859.5
      Total9.0300170---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Jurado (W, 5-5)6.0
      M. Moore (H, 2)1.0
      C. Sadzeck (H, 5)1.0
      J. Leclerc (S, 12)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Gonzales5.02001604.001.2215.0
      J. Pazos1.01000102.811.212.5
      Z. Duke (L, 5-5)0.22220104.291.55-8.5
      S. Armstrong0.11001101.320.80-1.5
      N. Vincent1.00001104.071.172.5
      R. Cook1.01000005.291.292.0
      Total9.07223100---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Gonzales5.0
      J. Pazos1.0
      Z. Duke (L, 5-5)0.2
      S. Armstrong0.1
      N. Vincent1.0
      R. Cook1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Jurado 80-51, M. Moore 9-6, C. Sadzeck 15-9, J. Leclerc 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Jurado 9-6, M. Moore 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Jurado 20, M. Moore 3, C. Sadzeck 4, J. Leclerc 4
      PITCHING
      • IBB - S. Armstrong
      • HBP - S. Armstrong (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 70-50, J. Pazos 13-9, Z. Duke 17-10, S. Armstrong 13-9, N. Vincent 15-10, R. Cook 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 3-6, Z. Duke 1-0, R. Cook 2-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 18, J. Pazos 4, Z. Duke 4, S. Armstrong 4, N. Vincent 4, R. Cook 4
      • 7TH INNING
        Kiner-Falefa hit by pitch, Guzman scored, Alberto to third, Odor to second20
        Guzman singled to right center, Rua scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ryan Cook relieved Nick Vincent
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, DeShields grounded out to shortstop
        • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Alberto singled to right
        • R. Odor: Ball, Odor popped out to shortstop
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Jose Leclerc relieved Connor Sadzeck
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Haniger singled to center
        • J. Segura: Segura flied out to center
        • R. Cano: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cano flied out to deep right
        • N. Cruz: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Nick Vincent relieved Shawn Armstrong
        • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Profar walked
        • J. Gallo: Foul, Foul, Gallo flied out to left
        • R. Rua: Foul, Ball, Rua flied out to center
        • R. Guzman: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ryon Healy hit for Daniel Vogelbach
        • Connor Sadzeck relieved Matt Moore
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Zunino walked
        • B. Gamel: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
        • Denard Span hit for Kristopher Negron
        • D. Span: Span popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Zach Duke relieved James Pazos
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Gallo grounded out to first
        • R. Rua: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rua doubled to deep right center
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Guzman singled to right center, Rua scored
        • W. Calhoun: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Calhoun struck out looking
        • Shawn Armstrong relieved Zach Duke
        • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Alberto doubled to deep right center, Guzman to third
        • R. Odor: Odor intentionally walked
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kiner-Falefa hit by pitch, Guzman scored, Alberto to third, Odor to second
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Delino DeShields in center field
        • Matt Moore relieved Ariel Jurado
        • R. Cano: Ball, Ball, Cano flied out to deep center
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • K. Seager: Foul, Seager grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • James Pazos relieved Marco Gonzales
        • R. Odor: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Odor flied out to left
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Kiner-Falefa lined out to third
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Mazara singled to center
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Jurado Pitching:
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gamel singled to right
        • K. Negron: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Negron grounded out to shortstop, Gamel out at second
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Haniger safe at first on 3rd baseman Profar throwing error
        • J. Segura: Segura grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • R. Guzman: Foul, Foul, Guzman lined out to left
        • W. Calhoun: Ball, Foul, Calhoun lined out to center
        • H. Alberto: Alberto flied out to left
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Jurado Pitching:
        • K. Seager: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Seager popped out to third
        • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Vogelbach lined out to left
        • M. Zunino: Zunino flied out to deep left
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • J. Profar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Gallo grounded out to second
        • R. Rua: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Rua flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Jurado Pitching:
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Segura grounded out to second
        • R. Cano: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cano grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • W. Calhoun: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Alberto reached on an infield single to second
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Odor singled to shallow left, Alberto to second
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa struck out looking
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Mazara lined out to left
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Jurado Pitching:
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gamel lined out to right
        • K. Negron: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Negron struck out swinging
        • M. Haniger: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Haniger grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Profar walked
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
        • R. Rua: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Rua struck out swinging
        • R. Guzman: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Guzman grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Jurado Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz popped out to second
        • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
        • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Vogelbach singled to left
        • M. Zunino: Zunino lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • R. Odor: Odor flied out to deep center
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to third
        • N. Mazara: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Mazara struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Jurado Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Haniger grounded out to third
        • J. Segura: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Segura grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Cano: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Cano grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)