The Seattle Mariners defeated the Texas Rangers 3-2 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. After a 2-2 tie in the ninth inning, the winner of this third of four-game series was determined in the tenth. The Mariners are currently on a 13-game winning run, the second longest since the record 21-game winning streak in the 2001 MLB season. Check out the top sports betting sites for betting on baseball.
It was first baseman Carlos Santana’s home run that secured the Mariners’ 50th win for this season and made the winning streak continue, hence the franchise stayed at second position with a 50-42 win-loss record in MLB’s AL West. In total, Santana had tallied eight homers from 16 games played for the Mariners this season.
Mariners’ manager Scott Servais said that the players were playing well in that Saturday evening game even though it had to be decided by an extra inning. He stated that the players managed to pitch the ball and did the defense good against the Rangers’ offensive lineup.
“Everybody’s just doing their job, pitching in and really keeping a very calm demeanor about them,” Servais said.
“You’re not always going to get the big hit or get a big shutdown inning. But we’ve been able to do it through the streak, and it has been awesome,” he added.
Servais also said that the tenth-inning play from J. P. Crawford who got the hit off Texas reliever Brett Martin was a good chance for Sam Haggerty to score a run.
Moreover, according to Servais, it was Haggerty’s call to steal third before deciding the 3-2 win for Mariners. Servais said that he allowed that call and said Haggerty could do what he wants to win the game.
“He said, ‘Hey Skip, I think I can get to third base on this guy.’ … He’s paying attention the inning before knowing that he might end up in the game,” Servais said.
“Don’t play scared. You’ve got to play to win. And that’s what we’re doing,” he noted.
Somehow, the Rangers manager Chris Woodward said that his team had a chance to win the game, but he didn’t reveal the reason why the Rangers were unable to clinch the victory.
“We had a chance to win the game, we didn’t. We didn’t make baseball plays today. That’s plain and simple,” he said. “I’m not going to get into specifics, but we didn’t play team baseball at the end of the game to win a game.”
The first score of this match came from a third-base run from Ranger’s first baseman Nathaniel Lowe after Jonah Heim hit the ball at Bottom 2. Then at Top 3, the homer from Santana occurred and Ty France scored. The 36-year-old fielder hit the ball to the centerfield with a distance of 425 ft to secure the 2-1 lead for Mariners.
At Bottom 7, Rangers level the score to 2-2 after batter Elier Hernandez hit the ball to Mariner’s center fielder and Leody Taveras ran back to the home from second base.
Mariners’ Julio Rodriguez, who plays as a catcher, couldn’t manage to catch the ball before Taveras scored that run to make this match go to the extra inning. In the tenth, Crawford hit a ground ball to Rangers’ Adolis Garcia, then Haggerty ran from third base to secure the win for the Mariners.
After this match, both teams will play the last game out of four-game series with Mariners’ RHP Chris Flexen (6-8, 3.84 ERA) will start on the mound and Woodward to have rookie RHP Glenn Otto (4-5, 5.50 ERA) for the Rangers.
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