Mariners win 14th in row, Rodríguez key hit to beat Rangers

Julio Rodríguez and Ty France are on their way to the All-Star Game, so they won’t be among the Seattle Mariners who get the break their manager says they need.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Julio Rodríguez and Ty France are on their way to the All-Star Game, so they won’t be among the Seattle Mariners who get the break their manager says they need.

Yes, Scott Servais knows it sounds a bit weird about the time-out.

“It’s hard to say you need a break when you’re winning 14 games in a row,” said the Seattle skipper after a 6-2 win over Texas Rangers on Sunday.

Rodríguez hit a two-run double and France hit a homer after joining the AL team’s rookie sensation as the Mariners neared a team record of 15 straight wins. That streak came during their final playoff season in 2001 when they went 116-46.

The 14-game winning streak is the longest in an All-Star break in major league history.

“It’s a difficult question,” said France. “I think it will be good for us to let our body recover somehow. There’s a lot of guys in this locker room, they play every day, they play injured, they play broken. These next few days will be good for them and hopefully we can just keep it going.”

Cal Raleigh’s two-run homer gave the Mariners a definitive lead in the fourth inning as they held the season’s longest run of reigning World Series champion Atlanta’s June streak. St. Louis had a 17-game winning streak last year.

Rodríguez, who was barely six months old 21 years ago the last time the Mariners had such a long streak, lined a double off the wall in left center field in seventh field and then raced home with France’s singles, um lead a 6-1.

The 21-year-old from the Dominican Republic barely hit .200 and didn’t hit his 16 homers on May 1st. Now Rodríguez is the first all-star rookie for the Mariners since Ichiro Suzuki in — yes, you guessed it — 2001.

“It’s a phase we’re in, I don’t think anyone will ever forget that,” said Servais. “But what a way to end the first half.”

Raleigh pulled a two-out, two-run homer down the line for his 13th homer in right field, erasing a 1-0 deficit as the Mariners won for the 22nd time in 25 games and the first time since a fourth series in a row won 2001.

France’s solo shot in the fifth, his 11th homer, came a few hours after the first baseman was named to the American League’s All-Star team. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout was sidelined for Tuesday’s game at Dodger Stadium due to back spasms.

“It kind of got to the point where that kind of hope was out the window,” said France, whose two goals took his average to a .308. “I was preparing for the game and everything went down.”

Servais said the addition of France was overdue as one of the last substitutes but both agreed better late than never. Plus, Rodríguez, who declined to speak to reporters after the game, has company.

“Julio said he needed someone to take care of him,” Servais said. “So Ty will have his work cut out for him.”

Marcus Semien’s 12th homer, a solo drive, propelled Texas into third place before Rangers were swept in a four-game streak for the first time this year while going .500 (41-49) their eight-game under .500 achieved worst season.

“We need a few days off to collect our thoughts,” said manager Chris Woodward. “Let our bodies rest a bit. The boys are tired. They fought to the end.”

After Seattle led 2-1 in the fourth, reliever Ryan Borucki (2-0) went with his first two batters to load the bases with two outs before grounding rookie leadoff hitter Josh Smith. Retired left-hander Semien, All-Star Corey Seager and Nathaniel Lowe in fifth place in order.

Texas starter Glenn Otto (4-6) fell to 0-4 in five starts since spending 15 days on the COVID-19 list. The right-hander stayed in after being hit in the right side and arm in the second by Eugenio Suárez’s broken bat, allowing for three runs in six innings.

Mariners right-hander Chris Flexen gave up a run in 3 2/3 innings after starting three days off for the first time in his career. Paul Sewald, the last of six Seattle pitchers, hit a scoreless ninth place pitch after a leadoff walk.


Seager and Semien lost track of outs in the third inning when Semien started what the high-paying pair thought was a double at the end of the inning.

After the shortstop, Seager’s squadron first defeated France, he and his second baseman jogged towards the dugout and even partially won over first baseman Nathaniel Lowe. Lowe started to join them but was the first to realize there were two outs.

Semien and Seager, who signed for a combined $500 million during the offseason, finally caught on as they neared the shelter levels.


After the All-Star break, Seattle has a six-game home record against teams from Texas. AL West-leading Houston visits first starting Friday. Servais said LHP Marco Gonzales is the most likely starter.

The Rangers play Thursday in Miami in a make-up game from the late start of the season and then head to Oakland. Opening day starter RHP Jon Gray is expected to face the Marlins. Mariners win 14th in row, Rodríguez key hit to beat Rangers

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