Rodríguez HR again, 3-run shot in 7th, Mariners sweep Texas

Julio Rodríguez hit again, hitting a go-ahead, 3-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Mariners ended a three-game sweep with a 4-2 win over the Rangers.

SEATTLE (AP) — Julio Rodríguez struck again, hitting a three-run go-ahead homer in the seventh inning, and the Seattle Mariners ended a three-game sweep by beating the Texas Rangers 4-2 on Wednesday.

A day earlier, the 21-year-old rookie sensation had hit a leading home run in the first inning. That was his first swing since the All-Star Game from a sore left wrist that initially injured in the last game before the break in Texas.

Rodríguez had an outstanding performance in the All-Star Home Run Derby, where he smashed 81 shots over the wall.

That home run was his 18th of the season and came with an out against starter Jon Gray (7-5). Gray had only allowed one four-hit run up to that point, but the 416-foot drive into the left bullpen erased Seattle’s 2-1 deficit.

The homer ended Gray’s day. He struck eight and walked four.

Seattle starter Marco Gonzales (6-10) unsuccessfully held the Rangers through the first four innings while allowing just a lone baserunner, with Adolis Garcia making a draw in the second inning and later being forced to a double play late in the inning .

Gonzales allowed four hits, hit out five and footed one.

Matt Festa threw a scoreless ninth inning for his second save.

The Mariners improved to 11-2 against the Rangers this year.

Seattle scored its first run of the second when Sam Haggerty drove into JP Crawford with a bloop double that barely stayed fair on the left field line.

Garcia got the fifth single in Texas, hitting with Charlie Culberson’s double. Jonah Heim hit a double in the sixth RBI to give Texas a 2-1 lead.


Mariners: INF Ty France was out of the lineup after injuring his left wrist on a swing in Tuesday’s game. Seattle coach Scott Servais said it had nothing to do with France’s elbow injury earlier in the season and his status is day-to-day.


Mariners: RHP Logan Gilbert will start Thursday in Houston. Gilbert hit eight but allowed five hits and two earned runs in a 3-1 loss to Houston on Saturday.

Texas: RHP Spencer Howard will pitch for the Rangers against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday. Howard allowed six hits and four earned runs over 4 ⅔ innings in his last start on July 22 against Oakland. Rodríguez HR again, 3-run shot in 7th, Mariners sweep Texas

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