Marco Gonzales pitched well but lost his fourth straight decision as the Mariners suffered a 2-1 defeat against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday afternoon in Arlington, Texas.
Gonzales (5-4), a left-hander out of Gonzaga, allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Gonzales induced four double plays.
Hunter Pence homered and Adrian Sampson pitched 5 1/3 strong innings of relief as the Rangers swept the three-game series.
Sampson (2-3), a right-hander who made his major league debut with the Mariners in 2016, allowed one run on four hits, with no walks and five strikeouts.
Pence scored both runs for the Rangers, who won their fourth game in a row.
Pence reached base with two outs in the first inning on a throwing error by Mariners first baseman Edwin Encarnacion. Pence hit a grounder that Encarnacion fielded, but his toss to Gonzales covering the bag was too far in front of the pitcher, allowing Pence to get on. The next batter, Nomar Mazara, lined a run-scoring double to right field to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.
It stayed that way until the sixth, when Pence hit a one-out, solo homer to left-center field. It was Pence’s 10th home run of the season.
The Mariners scored their lone run in the seventh. With one out, Jay Bruce blooped a wind-aided double down the left-field line. J.P. Crawford grounded Sampson’s next pitch into right field, with Bruce scoring just before the throw from Mazara reached the plate.
Seattle threatened in the eighth against right-hander Ariel Jurado. With two outs, Mitch Haniger lined a single to right field and Daniel Vogelbach walked. Jurado struck out Encarnacion to end the inning.
The M’s made more bullpen moves, outrighting RHP Nick Rumbelow and Mike Wright to Triple-A Tacoma. LHP Jesse Biddle and RHP Anthony Bass, both acquired earlier this week, made their M’s debuts Wednesday. … C Omar Narvaez left midway through the game after taking a foul ball off his left knee. … Rangers RHP Shawn Kelley, who pitched for the M’s from 2009-2012, earned his second save in as many days. Kelley was activated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday after learning that two lumps removed from his throat last week were benign.
By the numbers
56: The number of errors committed by the Mariners this season, the most in the majors. That’s 16 more than any other team and twice the MLB average of 28.
Our take from Right Field
Gonzales deserved better, but he dropped to 0-4 this month after setting a franchise record with five victories by the end of April. After winning 11 of their first 12 road games this season, the M’s are 2-14 since.
The M’s have Thursday off before starting a three-game series Friday in Oakland.