Rangers complete 3-game sweep of Mariners with 2-1 win

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Adrian Sampson and the Texas Rangers like the results of these delayed lengthy pitching appearances, with the right-hander entering after an ''opener'' gets through the first few batters.

Sampson allowed one earned run over 5 1/3 innings after taking over in the second inning Wednesday, getting his second big league victory in a 2-1 win over the Seattle Mariners. That is the same way he got his first victory five days earlier against the St. Louis Cardinals.

''As long as we get wins, everyone's happy,'' Sampson said.

''Whether he likes it, I don't know fully because I don't think he'll tell me like I hate this,'' manager Chris Woodward said. ''It's so nice to have a guy like that, who's willing to come in in the middle of the inning, can come in in the middle of an inning and pitch six innings.''

Hunter Pence homered for the Rangers (24-23), who completed a three-game series sweep. They have won seven of eight to get back over .500 for the first time since April 28.

The Mariners have lost 27 of 37 games to fall to the bottom of the AL West standings since starting the season 13-2.

Marco Gonzalez (5-4) limited Texas to one earned run over seven innings, but dropped to 0-4 with a 4.56 ERA in five starts in May. The lefty was 5-0 after his first seven starts this season, but this was one of his sharpest games.

''Doesn't matter. We lose, it doesn't matter. I'm not OK with it,'' Gonzalez said. ''It's hard to be OK with it when we lose.''

Pence put the Rangers up 2-0 in the sixth when he went deep on a changeup, his 10th homer of the season. Texas got an unearned run in the first when Pence reached on an error by first baseman Edwin Encarnacion and scored on a double by Nomar Mazara .

Jesse Chavez got the first five outs for the Rangers. Shawn Kelley worked the ninth for his fourth save in five chances, his second in less than 24 hours since coming off the injured list following the removal of two lumps from his throat that were determined to benign.

In five starts this season, Sampson is 0-2 with a 7.66 ERA and hasn't gone more than five innings. Pitching in relief, he is 2-1 with a 1.48 ERA. His first appearance was allowing one run over six innings in relief against Houston on April 1.

''I feel like I'm just finding comfort in pitching lately,'' Sampson said. ''Whether I'm starting or coming out of the bullpen, I just feel good out there right now.''

MAZ HIGHLIGHTS

Mazara was 6 for 12 with four doubles in the series. The right fielder also had an impressive leaping catch near the wall in the fourth of the finale. ''I knew where it was and I did a good job of timing it,'' Mazara said.

SHORT HOPS

Seattle turned five double plays. ... Pence has at least 10 homers for the 11th time in his career. He went deep only four times last season with San Francisco. ... Chavez has pitched 11 scoreless innings in his last eight games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: C Omar Narvaez left the game with a bruised left knee. He took a foul tip off his knee in the bottom of the third, and is day-to-day. ''Omar got smoked good. He got hit about a week ago in the same spot,'' manager Scott Servais said. ... 3B Kyle Seager, who had surgery to repair the tendon of his left middle finger during spring training, is on track for his season debut Saturday. That is when is eligible to come off the 60-day injured list. Servais said Seager felt good physically during his rehab assignment and isn't having any issues with his hand.

Rangers: OF Willie Calhoun was placed on the 10-day injured list because of a left quad strain. He hurt it as a baserunner in Tuesday night's game. ... SS Elvis Andrus (right hamstring strain) hit a solo homer in a rehab game with Double-A Frisco. He is eligible to return to the Rangers' lineup Saturday.

UP NEXT

Mariners: Seattle will be in Oakland on Friday night for the opener of a weekend series.

Rangers: Texas starts a series Friday night at the Los Angeles Angels. LHP Drew Smyly (0-3, 6.51) is still looking for his first big league victory since 2016, before Tommy John surgery and missing the last two seasons.

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  • W: A. Sampson (2-3)L: M. Gonzales (5-4)S: S. Kelley (4)
  • HR: TEX - H. Pence (10)
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D. Moore 3B40000034.212.317.385.701-1.5
S. Long 2B40100012.125.222.188.4101.5
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  • b-struck out for Smith in the 8th
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D. DeShields PR-CF00000000.182.321.284.6050.0
D. Santana CF-LF40100012.314.360.514.8740.5
H. Pence DH42211001.312.364.6511.0158.0
N. Mazara RF30110002.262.318.451.7703.0
L. Forsythe SS30100011.308.410.496.9060.5
R. Odor 2B30000001.162.232.354.5860.0
A. Cabrera 3B30100010.218.289.444.7330.5
R. Guzman 1B20000101.209.284.478.7611.0
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    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Bruce (8), S. Long
    • RBI - J. Crawford (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Encarnacion 2 (2), J. Bruce, D. Moore, S. Long 2 (2), M. Smith
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Mazara (11)
    • HR - H. Pence (10)
    • RBI - H. Pence (31), N. Mazara (25)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Mazara (11)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Forsythe, I. Kiner-Falefa 2 (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 5 (Crawford-Long-Encarnacion; Moore-Long; Long-Crawford-Encarnacion; Encarnacion-Crawford; Bass-Encarnacion)
    • E - J. Bruce (4), E. Encarnacion (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Odor-Guzman)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Gonzales (L, 5-4)7.07211313.411.3311.5
    J. Biddle0.11000105.252.42-0.5
    A. Bass0.20000000.000.000.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Gonzales (L, 5-4)7.0
    J. Biddle0.1
    A. Bass0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Chavez1.21000004.911.522.0
    A. Sampson (W, 2-3)5.14110504.441.4619.5
    A. Jurado (H, 1)1.01001202.081.152.0
    S. Kelley (S, 4)1.01001201.690.819.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Chavez1.2
    A. Sampson (W, 2-3)5.1
    A. Jurado (H, 1)1.0
    S. Kelley (S, 4)1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - M. Gonzales (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 81-58, J. Biddle 10-7, A. Bass 1-1
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 9-6
    • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 27, J. Biddle 2, A. Bass
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chavez 27-17, A. Sampson 76-51, A. Jurado 26-13, S. Kelley 17-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chavez 2-3, A. Sampson 7-3, S. Kelley 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Chavez 6, A. Sampson 19, A. Jurado 5, S. Kelley 5
    • Balks - A. Sampson
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    M. Haniger RF-CF40100010.232.325.490.8140.5
    D. Vogelbach DH30000100.258.393.6291.0211.0
    E. Encarnacion 1B40000012.254.368.514.883-0.5
    O. Narvaez C10100000.307.377.511.8881.0
    a- T. Murphy PH-C30100010.283.321.453.7740.5
    J. Bruce LF-RF41200002.192.255.493.7484.0
    J. Crawford SS30110101.244.277.378.6543.0
    D. Moore 3B40000034.212.317.385.701-1.5
    S. Long 2B40100012.125.222.188.4101.5
    M. Smith CF20000011.169.250.263.513-0.5
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    • a-singled for Narvaez in the 4th
    • b-struck out for Smith in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    D. DeShields PR-CF00000000.182.321.284.6050.0
    D. Santana CF-LF40100012.314.360.514.8740.5
    H. Pence DH42211001.312.364.6511.0158.0
    N. Mazara RF30110002.262.318.451.7703.0
    L. Forsythe SS30100011.308.410.496.9060.5
    R. Odor 2B30000001.162.232.354.5860.0
    A. Cabrera 3B30100010.218.289.444.7330.5
    R. Guzman 1B20000101.209.284.478.7611.0
    I. Kiner-Falefa C30100012.217.309.337.6460.5
    J. Chavez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    A. Sampson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    A. Jurado P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    S. Kelley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Total2828211411-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bruce (8), S. Long
      • RBI - J. Crawford (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Encarnacion 2 (2), J. Bruce, D. Moore, S. Long 2 (2), M. Smith
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Mazara (11)
      • HR - H. Pence (10)
      • RBI - H. Pence (31), N. Mazara (25)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Mazara (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Forsythe, I. Kiner-Falefa 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 5 (Crawford-Long-Encarnacion; Moore-Long; Long-Crawford-Encarnacion; Encarnacion-Crawford; Bass-Encarnacion)
      • E - J. Bruce (4), E. Encarnacion (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Odor-Guzman)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Gonzales (L, 5-4)7.07211313.411.3311.5
      J. Biddle0.11000105.252.42-0.5
      A. Bass0.20000000.000.000.0
      Total8.0821141---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Gonzales (L, 5-4)7.0
      J. Biddle0.1
      A. Bass0.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Chavez1.21000004.911.522.0
      A. Sampson (W, 2-3)5.14110504.441.4619.5
      A. Jurado (H, 1)1.01001202.081.152.0
      S. Kelley (S, 4)1.01001201.690.819.0
      Total9.0711290---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Chavez1.2
      A. Sampson (W, 2-3)5.1
      A. Jurado (H, 1)1.0
      S. Kelley (S, 4)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Gonzales (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 81-58, J. Biddle 10-7, A. Bass 1-1
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 9-6
      • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 27, J. Biddle 2, A. Bass
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chavez 27-17, A. Sampson 76-51, A. Jurado 26-13, S. Kelley 17-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chavez 2-3, A. Sampson 7-3, S. Kelley 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Chavez 6, A. Sampson 19, A. Jurado 5, S. Kelley 5
      • Balks - A. Sampson
      • 7TH INNING
        Crawford singled to right center, Bruce scored12
      • 6TH INNING
        Pence homered to left02
      • 1ST INNING
        Mazara doubled to deep right center, Pence scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Shawn Kelley relieved Ariel Jurado
        • T. Murphy: Ball, Murphy grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Bruce: Ball, Bruce singled to right
        • J. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Crawford walked, Bruce to second
        • D. Moore: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Moore struck out looking
        • S. Long: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Long struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ariel Jurado relieved Adrian Sampson
        • S. Long: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Long flied out to center
        • Domingo Santana hit for Mallex Smith
        • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Haniger singled to right center
        • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Vogelbach walked, Haniger to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Encarnacion struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Jesse Biddle relieved Marco Gonzales
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Choo singled to right
        • Delino DeShields ran for Shin-Soo Choo
        • D. Santana: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
        • Anthony Bass relieved Jesse Biddle
        • H. Pence: Pickoff attempt, Pence lined into double play pitcher to first, DeShields out at first
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • A. Sampson Pitching:
        • T. Murphy: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
        • J. Bruce: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bruce doubled to left
        • J. Crawford: Crawford singled to right center, Bruce scored
        • D. Moore: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Moore grounded into double play second to first, Crawford out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • R. Odor: Ball, Strike looking, Odor lined out to right
        • A. Cabrera: Foul, Strike looking, Cabrera singled to left, Cabrera to second on right fielder Bruce fielding error
        • R. Guzman: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Guzman lined out to right
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Sampson Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Haniger grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Vogelbach flied out to deep left
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion flied out to left
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Santana grounded out to third
        • H. Pence: Ball, Ball, Pence homered to left
        • N. Mazara: Foul, Mazara grounded out to first
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Sampson Pitching:
        • J. Crawford: Crawford grounded out to second
        • D. Moore: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Moore struck out swinging
        • S. Long: Long doubled to left center
        • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Long to third on balk, Ball, Foul, Smith grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • R. Guzman: Guzman fouled out to right
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kiner-Falefa singled to center
        • S. Choo: Strike swinging, Choo grounded into double play first to shortstop, Kiner-Falefa out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Sampson Pitching:
        • D. Vogelbach: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Vogelbach flied out to deep right
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion grounded out to third
        • Tom Murphy hit for Omar Narvaez
        • T. Murphy: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Murphy singled to right
        • J. Bruce: Ball, Bruce grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Forsythe singled to left
        • R. Odor: Foul, Odor grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Forsythe out at second
        • A. Cabrera: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Sampson Pitching:
        • S. Long: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Long grounded out to first
        • M. Smith: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Choo grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Santana: Ball, Foul, Santana singled to left center
        • H. Pence: Strike looking, Pence singled to left, Santana to second
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara fouled into double play third to second, Santana out at second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Chavez Pitching:
        • O. Narvaez: Narvaez singled to center
        • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Ball, Bruce popped out to second
        • J. Crawford: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Crawford flied out to left
        • Adrian Sampson relieved Jesse Chavez
        • D. Moore: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Moore struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • R. Odor: Odor grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera flied out to right
        • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Guzman walked
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Chavez Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Haniger flied out to center
        • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Vogelbach grounded out to first
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Choo hit by pitch
        • D. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Santana grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Choo out at second
        • H. Pence: Strike looking, Pence safe at first on 1st baseman Encarnacion throwing error, Pence to second
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Mazara doubled to deep right center, Pence scored
        • L. Forsythe: Forsythe flied out to deep center
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)