Mariners get back to winning formula, hold off Rangers 4-3

Ty France hit his 13th home run in a three-hit night and the Mariners rebounded from a tough weekend with a 4-3 win over Rangers.

SEATTLE (AP) — Ty France hit his 13th home run as part of a three-hit night, Cal Raleigh added an RBI single and the Seattle Mariners rebounded from a tough weekend with a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Monday.

Erik Swanson escaped a ninth-inning jam and Seattle won for the 15th time in 18 games, a winning streak that was cut short over the weekend when the Mariners were defeated at home by AL West’s leaders Houston after a 14-game winning streak. But Texas was a welcome guest as the Mariners clinched their sixth straight win over the Rangers, improving to 9-2 against them this season.

France scored in their first two at-bats, but it was his solo shot into midfield in the fifth inning from starter Glenn Otto that gave the Mariners a 3-1 lead. France have scored at home in three of their last five games, including Seattle’s last before the All-Star break when they went deep from Otto (4-7) in Texas.

Raleigh’s RBI single in the fourth drove in France, and the Mariners added another run in the inning when Eugenio Suárez scurried home on a wild court. Carlos Santana added an RBI groundout in the seventh.

Seattle starter Chris Flexen won his fifth straight decision, extending his streak of allowing three runs or fewer to 11 straight starts.

Flexen (7-8) pitched six innings, giving up two runs and four hits. He escaped a base-laden jam in the third with only one run allowed and delivered Adolis García’s 18th homer on the first upslope of the sixth.

Mariners reserve Diego Castillo got into trouble in the ninth. Nathaniel Lowe started his 14th homer. Leody Taveras followed with a single and Kole Calhoun left. Castillo beat Ezequiel Duran before Swanson withdrew Josh Smith and Marcus Semien for his second save.

Otto allowed three runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings but has not had a win since defeating the Mariners on June 4.


Rangers: RHP Dane Dunning is expected to be activated from the injured list for Tuesday’s start. Dunning has been out since July 11 with an impingement in his right ankle.

Mariners: Manager Scott Servais was hoping All-Star CF Julio Rodríguez (wrist) would be back in the lineup Tuesday. Rodríguez was expected to increase his baseball activity and swing before Monday’s game to see how the wrist reacts. … LF Jesse Winker was out of the lineup after spraining his right ankle in Sunday’s loss to Houston. The sprain is not considered serious and Winker should be back in a few days. …OF Mitch Haniger (ankle) will transfer his rehab assignment to Triple-A Tacoma beginning Tuesday. Haniger played for Class A Everett last weekend. He has been out since late April and said he needs significantly more shots before he is ready to return to the major league club. “I think I just need quantity now. Just play,” said Haniger. “I can’t tell you when that will be.”


Rangers: Dunning (1-6, 4.42 ERA) will make his first start since July 10th. He only lasted 2 1/3 innings and allowed four runs against Minnesota before ending up on the injured list. He is winless in his last 13 starts.

Mariners: RHP George Kirby (2-3, 3.78) will make his first start since July 8th. The rookie was drafted into the minors before the All-Star break to control his innings. Mariners get back to winning formula, hold off Rangers 4-3

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