Walk-off HR by Odor lifts Rangers over M’s 8-7

Asked to get the fi­nal six outs, Ed­win Diaz suf­fers his first blown save in Seat­tle’s de­flat­ing loss to Texas.

The Daily Herald - - SPORTS - By Bob Dut­ton

AR­LING­TON, TEXAS — It was a few days ago that Seat­tle Mariners man­ager Scott Ser­vais de­clared it was time to start a post­sea­son push by, in part, not be­ing as cau­tious in us­ing rookie closer Ed­win Diaz.

Tues­day saw Ser­vais put his words into ac­tion by call­ing on Diaz to get a six-out save and pro­tect a one-run lead in a roller­coaster ride against Texas at Globe Life Park. Diaz couldn’t de­liver. Rougned Odor’s two-run homer in the ninth in­ning lifted the Rangers to an 8-7 vic­tory over the Mariners and marked the first blown save in Diaz’s ca­reer.

It was a crush­ing loss for the Mari- ners, who erased a four-run deficit against Texas ace Cole Hamels, who lasted just 41⁄3 in­nings.

And af­ter the Rangers pulled even by scor­ing twice in the sev­enth in­ning against three re­liev­ers, the Mariners an­swered with one run in the eighth in­ning on Robin­son Cano’s sac­ri­fice fly.

Then asked Diaz (0-3) to carry them home.

Diaz got two quick outs in the eighth in­ning be­fore los­ing the strike zone af­ter jump­ing ahead 0-2 on Jurick­son Pro­far. Two walks on eight pitches put the ty­ing and go-ahead runs on base.

Diaz es­caped by strik­ing out Car­los Bel­tran on a full-count slider, but it took 24 pitches to com­plete the in­ning.

Adrian Bel­tre started the Texas ninth in­ning with a line sin­gle to left be­fore Odor drove a 2-2 pitch over the cen­ter-field wall.

The Mariners have lost seven of their last eight and now find them­selves four games back in the race for the Amer­i­can League’s fi­nal wild-card berth with 30 games re­main­ing.

James Pax­ton gave up two runs in the sec­ond and two more in the third be­fore steady­ing with two score­less in­nings be­fore hand­ing a 6-4 lead to the bullpen.

Nick Vin­cent pitched a score­less sixth, but Steve Cishek ran into trou­ble af­ter Ian Des­mond’s lead­off sin­gle in the sev­enth.

Third base­man Kyle Sea­ger grabbed Bel­tran’s pop but made a wild throw to first in try­ing to dou­ble off Des­mond at first.

The ball went out of play, which re­sulted in a two-base er­ror that moved Des­mond to third.

Bel­tre’s sink­ing liner to cen­ter turned into an RBI sin­gle and prompted the Mariners to re­place Cishek with Vi­dal Nuno.

Odor lined a sin­gle to right that moved Bel­tre to third but tried for sec­ond and was thrown out eas­ily by Shawn O’Mal­ley.

Rookie Dan Al­tavilla re­placed Nuno and sur­ren­dered a game-ty­ing sin­gle to Jonathan Lu­croy on an 0-2 slider.

The Mariners re­gained the lead in the eighth but missed the chance for a big in­ning against reliever Matt Bush (6-2) af­ter Mike Zunino walked and Seth Smith de­liv­ered a pinch sin­gle.

O’Mal­ley’s at­tempted sac­ri­fice turned into a force at third be­fore Ke­tel Marte’s bloop sin­gle loaded the bases with one out for Cano, who de­liv­ered a

sac­ri­fice fly to cen­ter.

The Mariners left runners at sec­ond and third when Adam Lind grounded back to the mound.

And then called on Diaz for a six-out save.

Texas opened the scor­ing af­ter get­ting suc­ces­sive one-out sin­gles in the sec­ond in­ning from Odor and Lu­croy. A sac­ri­fice fly by Elvis An­drus made it 1-0.

Two-out sin­gles by Ryan Rua and Car­los Gomez made it 2-0. Gomez’s sin­gle, a grounder up the mid­dle, snapped an 0-for-18 skid.

The Rangers ex­tended their lead to 4-0 in the third af­ter Pax­ton started the in­ning with a walk to Des­mond be­fore yield­ing a one-out homer to Adrian Bel­tre on a 419-foot drive to cen­ter.

Three walks by Hamels, in­clud­ing two with the bases loaded, helped the Mariners

score twice in the fourth in­ning af­ter sin­gles by Ke­tel Marte and Robin­son Cano.

The Mariners took the lead — and knocked out Hamels — with a four-run fifth in­ning for a 6-4 lead.

Sin­gles by O’Mal­ley and Cano put runners at first and sec­ond with one out. A walk to Franklin Gu­tier­rez loaded the bases for Sea­ger, who pulled an RBI sin­gle through the right side.

When Gomez over­ran the ball, Cano scored the ty­ing run and Gu­tier­rez moved to third. Af­ter Sea­ger stole sec­ond, Dae-Ho Lee looped an RBI sin­gle into short right field and the Mariners led 5-4.

Alex Clau­dio re­placed Hamels with runners at first and third — and yielded an RBI sin­gle to Leonys Martin be­fore end­ing the in­ning. Hamels’ fi­nal line showed six runs in 41⁄3 in­nings.

Ed­win Diaz

TONY GU­TIER­REZ / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS Seat­tle catcher Mike Zunino (left) looks sky­ward as Texas’ Rougned Odor watches his game-win­ning, two-run home run on Tues­day in Ar­ling­ton, Texas.

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