Beltre farewell? Mariners top Rangers 3-1 to finish off 2018

SEATTLE (AP) Adrian Beltre was not ready to say Sunday was the final game of his career.

Every other part of the day had the feel of a farewell, and a celebration for one of the best third basemen ever.

''I wanted to make sure to enjoy it, do what you do and if this is it, this is it,'' Beltre said. ''It was just not something I could say was defined, `This was my last game or my last out, last groundball, last hit.' But it could be. So it's difficult to explain, but I do not know how I feel.''

Beltre and the Texas Rangers were shut down by Seattle starter Roenis Elias in the Mariners' 3-1 win on Sunday that closed out the 2018 season. The day was overshadowed with what-ifs mostly about whether Beltre will retire after 21 seasons, but also if Nelson Cruz will be back in Seattle in 2019 with his contract up after the season.

The majority of the focus was on Beltre and the day had a feeling of finality for a career likely bound for Cooperstown. Beltre played 4 1/2 innings before being lifted before the bottom of the fifth, given a standing ovation by the crowd of 21,146. Beltre went 1 for 2 and finished with a .273 average, 15 homers and 65 RBIs.

Like his demeanor for most of his career, Beltre had fun should it be his final game. Beltre blooped a single to right leading off the second inning. He was almost immediately doubled off when Joey Gallo's liner was caught by first baseman Ryon Healy. After he was called out, Beltre jogged to the Mariners dugout railing and gave close friend Felix Hernandez a hug before heading back to the Rangers dugout.

Beltre had another humorous moment on the final out of the fourth inning with runners on first and second. Ryon Healy stopped running to third and retreated toward second base, but Beltre waved Healy back toward third and tagged him for the final out.

''Right before that at-bat I thought this was perfect. I don't have to throw, I don't have to move. If they hit it to me I'm going to stand in the line until they come over,'' Beltre said. ''It happens and Healy ... he was cool enough to come back to me and let me tag him.''

Beltre, who spent five seasons with the Mariners from 2005-09, was given a standing ovation leading off the fifth inning as a ''Thank You, Adrian'' message was shown on the video board. Beltre tipped his helmet to the crowd before flying out to right field. Beltre took the field for the bottom of the fifth and was replaced by Jurickson Profar, receiving hugs from all of his teammates on the field and in the dugout.

''It was emotional. I wasn't expecting that. They told me a couple of things that was deep and got me choked up a little bit right there,'' Beltre said.

Beltre didn't give a timeline for when he would make a decision on his future but intended to take a little break before making a choice.

''I know how much the fans truly enjoyed his time here,'' Seattle's Kyle Seger said. ''Being the home player and watching a visiting player get that type of ovation was pretty special.''

OTHER FAREWELL?

Cruz was replaced in right field with one out in the top of the fourth inning by Ben Gamel. Cruz was given a standing ovation as he jogged to the dugout in what could be his final game with the Mariners. Cruz has been one of the best free agent signings in Mariners history. Cruz, who turned 38 in July, hit .256 with 37 home runs and 97 RBIs this season. He hit 163 homers and had 414 RBIs in his four seasons with Seattle.

Cruz said he would like to be back.

''Hopefully we can get something done,'' Cruz said.

STARTING OFF

The blooper by Beltre was the only hit allowed by Elias (3-1), who struck out four and walked none in a game that took just 2 hours, 14 minutes. David Freitas had an RBI double and Andrew Romine a run-scoring single off Yovani Gallardo (8-8) in the second inning. Seager added a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

WIN TOTALS

Seattle finished with 89 victories, its most since 2003, but it was a hallow accomplishment after seeing the longest playoff drought in any of the four major U.S. pro sports extended to 17 years. The Mariners last made the postseason in 2001 and in the middle of June appeared set to finally end that streak leading Oakland by 11 games in the wild-card race. That lead disappeared quickly as Oakland caught Seattle by August and raced past the Mariners over the final two months.

After establishing the 11-game lead, Seattle went 43-48 over the final 101 games.

Texas finished last in the AL West for the first time since 2014 and had consecutive losing seasons for the first time since going four straight years under .500 from 2005-08. The 95 losses matched the most for Texas since losing 99 games in 1985. Texas was one of eight teams to finish with at least 95 losses, a first in the major leagues.

HOMERS OVER HITS

Rangers slugger Joey Gallo finished with more home runs (40) than singles (38). Gallo had 103 hits in 500 at-bats on the season. He batted .206

UP NEXT

Rangers: Texas opens on March 28 at home against the Chicago Cubs.

Mariners: Seattle starts on March 20 in Tokyo against Oakland.

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  • W: R. Elias (3-1)L: Y. Gallardo (8-8)S: S. Armstrong (1)
  • HR: TEX - D. Robinson (3)
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J. Profar 3B10000010.254.335.458.793-0.5
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Heredia CF40200002.236.318.342.6613.0
    D. Span LF20000003.261.341.419.7600.0
    C. Maybin LF21200000.249.326.336.6625.0
    N. Cruz RF20000021.256.342.509.850-1.0
    B. Gamel RF20000002.272.358.370.7280.0
    K. Seager 3B20110001.221.273.400.6732.0
    G. Beckham 3B10000010.182.250.205.455-0.5
    D. Vogelbach DH40000001.207.324.368.6910.0
    R. Healy 1B40000000.235.277.412.6880.0
    K. Negron 2B21000121.219.242.313.5553.0
    D. Freitas C21110010.215.277.312.5893.5
    A. Romine SS30110002.210.260.244.5042.0
      BATTING
      • HR - D. Robinson (3)
      • RBI - D. Robinson (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Robinson
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Andrus
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Heredia (14), D. Freitas (6)
      • SF - K. Seager (4)
      • RBI - K. Seager (78), D. Freitas (5), A. Romine (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Freitas (3), A. Romine
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Heredia 2 (2), D. Span 2 (2), B. Gamel, K. Seager
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - D. DeShields
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - C. Maybin (10), K. Negron (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Odor-Andrus-Guzman)
      • E - E. Andrus (11), C. Perez (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Healy)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Y. Gallardo (L, 8-8)4.16331306.391.63-1.5
      M. Moore0.20000006.791.660.0
      Z. Curtis1.00000204.961.904.0
      Y. Mendez1.01000005.531.552.0
      C. Martin1.00000104.541.223.5
      PITCHERSIP
      Y. Gallardo (L, 8-8)4.1
      M. Moore0.2
      Z. Curtis1.0
      Y. Mendez1.0
      C. Martin1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Elias (W, 3-1)5.01000402.651.2223.0
      J. Pazos (H, 19)1.02110112.881.240.5
      Z. Duke (H, 17)1.00000204.151.504.0
      N. Rumbelow (H, 1)1.00000106.111.423.5
      S. Armstrong (S, 1)1.01000101.230.829.5
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Elias (W, 3-1)5.0
      J. Pazos (H, 19)1.0
      Z. Duke (H, 17)1.0
      N. Rumbelow (H, 1)1.0
      S. Armstrong (S, 1)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - Y. Gallardo (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Gallardo 76-46, M. Moore 2-2, Z. Curtis 11-9, Y. Mendez 11-7, C. Martin 7-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Gallardo 4-6, M. Moore 1-1, Y. Mendez 1-2, C. Martin 1-1
      • Batters Faced - Y. Gallardo 21, M. Moore 2, Z. Curtis 3, Y. Mendez 4, C. Martin 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Elias 58-41, J. Pazos 13-8, Z. Duke 12-10, N. Rumbelow 10-7, S. Armstrong 14-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Elias 4-6, Z. Duke 1-0, N. Rumbelow 1-1
      • Batters Faced - R. Elias 15, J. Pazos 5, Z. Duke 3, N. Rumbelow 3, S. Armstrong 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      D. DeShields PR-DH10100000.216.310.281.5911.0
      E. Andrus SS30000001.256.308.367.6750.0
      H. Alberto SS10000000.185.241.259.5010.0
      R. Odor 2B30000030.253.326.424.751-1.5
      A. Beltre 3B20100000.273.328.434.7631.0
      J. Profar 3B10000010.254.335.458.793-0.5
      J. Gallo RF30000001.206.312.498.8100.0
      R. Guzman 1B30000010.235.306.416.722-0.5
      C. Perez C30000030.143.178.214.392-1.5
      W. Calhoun LF30000000.222.269.333.6020.0
      D. Robinson CF31111010.183.288.294.5825.5
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        G. Heredia CF40200002.236.318.342.6613.0
        D. Span LF20000003.261.341.419.7600.0
        C. Maybin LF21200000.249.326.336.6625.0
        N. Cruz RF20000021.256.342.509.850-1.0
        B. Gamel RF20000002.272.358.370.7280.0
        K. Seager 3B20110001.221.273.400.6732.0
        G. Beckham 3B10000010.182.250.205.455-0.5
        D. Vogelbach DH40000001.207.324.368.6910.0
        R. Healy 1B40000000.235.277.412.6880.0
        K. Negron 2B21000121.219.242.313.5553.0
        D. Freitas C21110010.215.277.312.5893.5
        A. Romine SS30110002.210.260.244.5042.0
        Total3037301613-----
          BATTING
          • HR - D. Robinson (3)
          • RBI - D. Robinson (9)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. Robinson
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Andrus
          BATTING
          • 2B - G. Heredia (14), D. Freitas (6)
          • SF - K. Seager (4)
          • RBI - K. Seager (78), D. Freitas (5), A. Romine (2)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. Freitas (3), A. Romine
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Heredia 2 (2), D. Span 2 (2), B. Gamel, K. Seager
          BASERUNNING
          • Picked Off - D. DeShields
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - C. Maybin (10), K. Negron (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Odor-Andrus-Guzman)
          • E - E. Andrus (11), C. Perez (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Healy)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          Y. Gallardo (L, 8-8)4.16331306.391.63-1.5
          M. Moore0.20000006.791.660.0
          Z. Curtis1.00000204.961.904.0
          Y. Mendez1.01000005.531.552.0
          C. Martin1.00000104.541.223.5
          Total8.0733160---
          PITCHERSIP
          Y. Gallardo (L, 8-8)4.1
          M. Moore0.2
          Z. Curtis1.0
          Y. Mendez1.0
          C. Martin1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Elias (W, 3-1)5.01000402.651.2223.0
          J. Pazos (H, 19)1.02110112.881.240.5
          Z. Duke (H, 17)1.00000204.151.504.0
          N. Rumbelow (H, 1)1.00000106.111.423.5
          S. Armstrong (S, 1)1.01000101.230.829.5
          Total9.0411091---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Elias (W, 3-1)5.0
          J. Pazos (H, 19)1.0
          Z. Duke (H, 17)1.0
          N. Rumbelow (H, 1)1.0
          S. Armstrong (S, 1)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - Y. Gallardo (6)
          • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Gallardo 76-46, M. Moore 2-2, Z. Curtis 11-9, Y. Mendez 11-7, C. Martin 7-5
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Gallardo 4-6, M. Moore 1-1, Y. Mendez 1-2, C. Martin 1-1
          • Batters Faced - Y. Gallardo 21, M. Moore 2, Z. Curtis 3, Y. Mendez 4, C. Martin 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Elias 58-41, J. Pazos 13-8, Z. Duke 12-10, N. Rumbelow 10-7, S. Armstrong 14-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Elias 4-6, Z. Duke 1-0, N. Rumbelow 1-1
          • Batters Faced - R. Elias 15, J. Pazos 5, Z. Duke 3, N. Rumbelow 3, S. Armstrong 3
          • 6TH INNING
            Robinson homered to right13
          • 5TH INNING
            Seager hit sacrifice fly to right, Maybin scored03
          • 2ND INNING
            Romine singled to center, Freitas scored02
            Freitas doubled to right, Negron scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Shawn Armstrong relieved Nick Rumbelow
            • D. Robinson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Robinson struck out looking
            • D. DeShields: DeShields reached on bunt single to pitcher
            • H. Alberto: Ball, Foul, Ball, DeShields picked off at first, catcher to first, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Alberto flied out to left
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Nick Rumbelow relieved Zach Duke
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Guzman fouled out to second
            • C. Perez: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • W. Calhoun: Calhoun grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Chris Martin relieved Yohander Mendez
            • G. Beckham: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
            • D. Vogelbach: Vogelbach lined out to third
            • R. Healy: Healy grounded out to third
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Zach Duke relieved James Pazos
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • J. Profar: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Profar struck out looking
            • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Gallo grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Yohander Mendez relieved Zac Curtis
            • A. Romine: Ball, Romine flied out to shallow right
            • G. Heredia: Heredia lined out to center
            • C. Maybin: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Maybin singled to shallow left
            • B. Gamel: Ball, Gamel grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • James Pazos relieved Roenis Elias
            • Gordon Beckham at third base
            • C. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • W. Calhoun: Ball, Calhoun flied out to right
            • D. Robinson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Robinson homered to right
            • S. Choo: Choo singled to shallow center
            • Delino DeShields ran for Shin-Soo Choo
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Andrus popped out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Zac Curtis relieved Matt Moore
            • Hanser Alberto at shortstop
            • R. Healy: Foul, Healy flied out to right
            • K. Negron: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Negron struck out swinging
            • D. Freitas: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Freitas struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • R. Elias Pitching:
            • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Beltre flied out to right
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo flied out to deep center
            • R. Guzman: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Guzman grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jurickson Profar at third base
            • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Maybin singled to shallow right
            • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Maybin stole second, Foul, Gamel grounded out to first, Maybin to third
            • Matt Moore relieved Yovani Gallardo
            • K. Seager: Seager hit sacrifice fly to right, Maybin scored
            • D. Vogelbach: Vogelbach grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Cameron Maybin in left field
            • S. Choo: Choo grounded out to second
            • Ben Gamel in right field
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Andrus flied out to right
            • R. Odor: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Odor struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Gallardo Pitching:
            • R. Healy: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Healy safe at first on shortstop Andrus fielding error
            • K. Negron: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Healy to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Negron struck out swinging
            • D. Freitas: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freitas reached on catcher's interference
            • A. Romine: Foul, Ball, Ball, Romine flied out to center
            • G. Heredia: Heredia grounded into fielder's choice to third, Healy out at third
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • R. Elias Pitching:
            • C. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
            • W. Calhoun: Strike looking, Calhoun flied out to deep right
            • D. Robinson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Robinson grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Gallardo Pitching:
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • K. Seager: Ball, Foul, Ball, Seager singled to shallow left
            • D. Vogelbach: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Vogelbach grounded out to shortstop, Seager out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • R. Elias Pitching:
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Beltre singled to right
            • J. Gallo: Gallo lined out to first, Beltre out at first
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Gallardo Pitching:
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Ball, Ball, Vogelbach lined out to right
            • R. Healy: Healy flied out to center
            • K. Negron: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Negron walked
            • D. Freitas: Strike looking, Negron stole second, Ball, Freitas doubled to right, Negron scored
            • A. Romine: Ball, Romine singled to center, Freitas scored
            • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Heredia singled to center, Romine to second
            • D. Span: Ball, Span flied out to deep right
            • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • R. Elias Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Ball, Choo fouled out to third
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Andrus grounded out to third
            • R. Odor: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Gallardo Pitching:
            • G. Heredia: Heredia doubled to deep right center
            • D. Span: Strike looking, Foul, Span flied out to center
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • K. Seager: Foul, Ball, Seager flied out to deep center
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)