Rangers vs Mariners – Match Recap – May 29, 2021
SEATTLE – – JP Crawford and Mitch Haniger came off a late homer, and the Seattle Mariners sent the Texas Rangers to their 11th straight road loss with a 3-2 victory on Saturday night.
The Rangers had four hits in their fifth consecutive loss. They tied the second longest skid in the team’s history, an 11-game streak in April and May 1982. Texas fell 12 straight times away from home in May and June 2003.
“I think overall a lot of guys are struggling on offense now,” said Rangers manager Chris Woodward. “It’s unfortunate. I think it’s getting contagious.”
Crawford did a solo homerun in the seventh inning to break a draw and Haniger added his 14th of the season in the eighth. The long balls gave the Mariners their third straight win, a season high, and their 12th win in a single set, leading the Major League.
Seattle is 12-5 in one-set games, including Friday’s 3-2 win over Texas.
“It’s cool,” Crawford said. “I did not know that.
Commenting on his home run, he said: “I was just trying to give my team a little spark on this round.
José Godoy made a Kyle Lewis home single in the second inning for Seattle’s first inning.
Mariners starter Justin Dunn struck out eight strikeouts and threw a one-shot through 5 2/3 innings to stretch his AL lead-game streak with three runs or less allowed to 15. But he was withdrawn after granting his second hit, again without making it through the sixth.
Daniel Zamora (1-0) claimed his first victory since 2018 in his first appearance since being claimed exemptions from the New York Mets on May 22.
“I haven’t pitched a league game since 2019,” Zamora said after getting four strikeouts. “There was a lot of adrenaline in me. I think that was also part of it all.
He combined with Paul Sewald and Rafael Montero to allow two hits in 3 1/3 innings. Montero got his seventh save after giving up Nick Solak’s second sacrifice of the game in the ninth.
Dunn hit Isaiah Kiner-Falefa with a pitch from the fourth, then completed back-to-back marches with an out before Solak’s sacrificed volley evened out at 1.
Mike Foltynewicz (1-5) dispersed six hits in seven innings, striking out two, but was made by Crawford’s second homer of the season.
Woodward said Foltynewicz pitched well enough to win in their second straight appearance in seven innings, but the team weren’t “scratched and scratched” for points.
“There are a few rounds where we haven’t put pressure on them,” said the manager.
Mariners: RHP Will Vest returned to the squad after his COVID-19 related stay on the injured list. Manager Scott Servais said Vest had to launch a paddock on Saturday to assess his fitness after being quarantined in San Diego since May 21. Other relievers Kendall Graveman and Drew Steckenrider remain in San Diego in quarantine.
The Mariners put RHP Erik Swanson on the 10-day injured list with a right groin strain and transferred RHP Casey Sadler (right shoulder impingement) to the 60-day IL.
Rangers: LHP Hyeon-jong Yang (0-2, 5.47 ERA) tries to stop a two-game skid in his fourth major-league appearance.
Mariners: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (2-3, 4.02) is looking for his second straight win after giving up one run on four hits in his last start.