Suárez’s homer in 9th lifts Mariners to 4-3 win over Rangers

Penn Murfee (1-0) scored his first major league win in a scoreless eighth and Paul Sewald made his third save.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Eugenio Suárez hit a two-run homer ahead of Joe Barlow in the ninth inning, and the Seattle Mariners edged the Texas Rangers 4-3 on Friday night after losing a lead of their own.

Suárez’s throwing error on third base sparked a sixth run in two that put the Rangers to 2.

After Nathaniel Lowe gave Texas a 3-2 lead with a leadoff homer in the seventh, Suárez made up for the mistake. His 10th home run was a field shot to the right with an out after JP Crawford walked.

Barlow’s first missed save in 18 chances since last season gave the Mariners a 5-2 record since losing their worst nine games of the season under .500 at the end of a 7-21 streak.

Lowe pulled the first throw from left-hander Roenis Elías (0-1) into right midfield for his fifth home run.

Penn Murfee (1-0) earned his first major league win in a scoreless eighth game with two hits and Paul Sewald worked around a brace in the ninth game to make his third save.

Texas has lost three straight times since hitting .500 for the first time since May 2021.

Dane Dunning’s winning streak reached six games despite a solid start. The Texas right-hander allowed three hits and two runs in seven innings while striking out seven to take his team-leading total to 63.

Corey Seager, who had two hits, and Kole Calhoun lined RBI doubles to level Rangers in game six, which started with Suárez’s error on a routine Marcus Semien grounder.

Seager’s strike on the right ended Logan Gilbert’s scoreless run against Texas that season after 11 2/3 innings. Calhoun’s binding liner at the base of the wall on the left stopped his 0-for-13 slide.

A night after ending his career-best 13-game winning streak, Seattle’s Ty France was hit by a pitch from fourth-place-leading Dunning and scored after Crawford’s double on Suárez’s sacrificial fly.

Cal Raleigh’s fourth homer in 12 games and fifth overall gave the Mariners a 2-0 lead in the fifth.

Gilbert allowed five hits and two runs, one earned, with a walk and seven strikeouts in six innings.

Most Rangers wore maroon shirts with “Robb Elementary School” in white letters across the front during batting practice in tribute to the victims of the Uvalde shooting, about 350 miles south of Globe Life Field. Others wore orange shirts with a Rangers logo.

Many of the Mariners, including manager Scott Servais, wore orange shirts with #wearorange and a Mariners logo. The orange on both sides was in recognition of Friday’s national gun violence awareness day. It has been recognized since 2013. The orange represents the color that many hunters wear to protect themselves and others.

The Rangers recalled LHP Kolby Allard from Triple-A Round Rock and opted for Zach Reks there. … Gilbert’s career-best streak of starts, lasting at least seven innings, ended at three. … Texas rookie 3B Josh Smith, who reached base in 10 of his first 15 plate appearances, was substituted after eight innings with a left shoulder pain.

Rangers: RHP Jonathan Hernández was sent to Round Rock to begin rehab. The reliever missed last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April 2021. Hernández and José Leclerc had similar recovery timelines, having undergone elbow surgery around the same time. Leclerc has already started his rehab stay.

Seattle LHP Marco Gonzales (3-5, 3.55 ERA) makes his second start against Texas this season. His first win came on April 15 in an 11-1 win over Rangers in Seattle. Texas RHP Glenn Otto (3-2, 4.33) has a 2.12 ERA in three starts since he allowed eight career runs in an 11-3 loss to Boston.

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