Mariners top Rangers despite Gallo’s homers
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.