Mariners top Rangers de­spite Gallo’s homers

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Robin­son Cano dou­bled twice and drove in three runs as the Seat­tle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 8-7 Tues­day night.

Cano’s two-run dou­ble in the sixth was the 499th of his ca­reer, mov­ing him into a tie with Rusty Staub for 63rd in MLB his­tory. Seat­tle’s Jar­rod Dyson had his 200th ca­reer steal in the win and threw out Delino DeShields at third to end the eighth in­ning. DeShields tried to ad­vance from first on a sin­gle by No­mar Mazara but was beaten by a pre­cise throw.

Nel­son Cruz home­red and Leonys Martin had two hits and two RBIs for Seat­tle.

Joey Gallo had two homers and four RBIs, and Rougned Odor also home­red for the Rangers, who lost their fourth straight.

Casey Lawrence (1-3) picked up his first MLB win af­ter en­ter­ing the game in the fourth in­ning. Ed­win Diaz earned his 21st save af­ter work­ing a 1-2-3 ninth.

Nick Martinez (3-4) gave up seven runs and eight hits in 5⅓ in­nings. He was re­called from Triple-A to fill the void af­ter Yu Darvish was traded to the Dodgers.

“I kind of lost my tim­ing a lit­tle bit,” Martinez said. “It would come back and I would lose it again.”

Cruz led off the sec­ond in­ning with his 22nd home run to give Seat­tle a lead. Martin in­creased the lead to 2-0 with an RBI sin­gle later in the in­ning.

Seat­tle scored three times in the third as Cano, Danny Va­len­cia and Martin drove in runs to make it 5-0.

Dyson set the stage for Cano’s RBI dou­ble when he stole his 200th ca­reer base. Dyson now has a steal rate of 85.1 per­cent, sec­ond in MLB his­tory be­hind Car­los Beltran (86.4 per­cent) for play­ers with a min­i­mum of 225 at­tempts.

“I’m go­ing for 300 now,” Dyson said. “It’s a good mile­stone for me, es­pe­cially be­ing a backup guy ba­si­cally my whole ca­reer. Get­ting a chance to play every day is special to me.”

In the fourth in­ning Odor hit a two-run homer, his sev­enth in his last nine games, and Gallo hit a solo shot. That ended the night for Erasmo Ramirez.

Two in­nings later Gallo hit a three-run homer to trim Seat­tle’s lead to 8-6. Mike Napoli had an RBI sin­gle that pulled the Rangers to 8-7 in the sev­enth.

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