Garcia HR, Barlow bounces back for Texas in 3-2 win over M’s

Adolis Garcia hit a three-run homer and closer Joe Barlow made a quick recovery as the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Saturday.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joe Barlow was looking to get back into the game as soon as possible after his first missed save of the season. The nearby Texas Rangers didn’t even have to wait an entire day.

Adolis Garcia hit a three-run homer, rookie Glenn Otto won his third straight start despite some erratic control on Saturday and Barlow bounced back with a perfect ninth inning as the Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 – less than 20 Hours after the boy, Closer entered the series opener with the same score before giving up a two-run homer.

“You rarely get that opportunity. Sometimes you have to wait four or five days,” said Rangers manager Chris Woodward. “I had no thought of not putting him in there. … Honestly, it was like the easiest phone call in the world.”

Woodward said he spoke to some of his staff earlier in the day about Barlow’s mentality and the work he does on the mental side to navigate difficult moments in order to succeed and recover.

“I think, just like yesterday, having a tough day, staying loose and not trying to get too high or too low,” Barlow said. “It makes it easy to recover. … Like today, I don’t have to try to push back the emotions, I’m just trying to remain friendly on an equal footing.”

Otto (4-2) allowed just two hits over five innings. But the right-hander went five and hit a batter in the first four innings when the Mariners didn’t bring home any of those runners. Their runs came when Jesse Winker hit a two-run homer in the fifth, a 446-foot blast that came right after No. 9 hitter Cal Raleigh’s one-out single for their first hit in the right middle seats was drawn.

“Not enough offense in a winnable game,” Seattle coach Scott Servais said.

After three other Texan assists played scoreless innings, Barlow made his 10th save from 11 chances this season. He had converted a total of 17 straight chances before Eugenio Suárez hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning of Friday night’s series opener to give the Mariners a 4-3 win.

The Rangers were without a base runner against Marco Gonzales (3-6) until Marcus Semien led the fourth with a single ground through the right flank left open by displaced infielders. On the first pitch after Mitch Garver’s one-out walk, Garcia hit his ninth homer deep for a 3-0 lead.

Gonzalez hit five in his 18th career start against Texas, allowing three carries and five hits over seven innings. He said the homer came with a change that went past the middle of the record.

“I made the mistake to Adolis who unfortunately cropped me with guys on base. And that’s how it works,” Gonzalez said. “But other than that I thought we had a really good game plan against these guys and executed them really well and kept them off the ground paths, pretty much unbalanced them all day.”


Mariners: Manager Scott Servais said OF Kyle Lewis still has some concussion symptoms a week after being hit by a punch that went off his shoulder and then off his helmet. Lewis could be recovering from the 7-day concussion as early as Sunday, but Servais said he is still resting and is not expected back until next weekend after the Mariners return home. … Servais said reliever Ken Giles (right middle finger) has “a few more outings ahead of him” before his season debut in his rehab. …RF Mitch Haniger (high right ankle sprain), out since late April, has slowly started playing some baseball.

Rangers: 3B Josh Smith was placed on the 10-day IL with a left AC joint sprain in his shoulder and received an injection from team doctor Dr. Keith Masters. Smith, who had made 10 of his 17 plate appearances safely since making his MLB debut Monday, injured his shoulder after a ball in the infield Friday night.


Rangers LHP Martin Perez (4-2, MLB best 1.42 ERA) is making his first start since being named AL Pitcher of the Month for May. He has pitched at least six innings without allowing more than one earned run in eight consecutive starts, a club record. He has not allowed a homer this season. Mariners rookie right-hander George Kirby (1-1, 3.46) clinched his first MLB win in six scoreless innings against Tuesday in Baltimore. Garcia HR, Barlow bounces back for Texas in 3-2 win over M’s

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