Asdrubal Cabrera’s run-scoring double in the ninth inning snapped a tie and gave the Texas Rangers an 8-7 victory against the host Seattle Mariners on Wednesday afternoon.
Jesse Chavez (1-1), who served as the opener in Tuesday’s game and struck out the side in the first, pitched two innings of scoreless relief for the victory. Fellow right-hander Shawn Kelley worked out of a jam in the ninth, getting a game-ending double play, for his sixth save of the season.
With two outs in the ninth, Nomar Mazara and Cabrera hit back-to-back doubles to left off Seattle right-hander Anthony Bass (0-1).
Tim Beckham and Mitch Haniger hit two-run homers for the Mariners, who lost for the 11th time in their past 13 games.
The lead changed hands five times.
SS J.P. Crawford was placed on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left ankle and IF Dylan Moore was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma. Crawford suffered the injury in the eighth inning Tuesday when trying to scramble back to third base after teammate Mallex Smith was caught in a rundown.
By the numbers
16: Consecutive losses in games in which the Mariners have allowed six or more runs. They’re 4-18 when allowing a half-dozen plus this season.
Our take from Right Field
It seems the revamped bullpen – the M’s made moves with relievers nearly every day last week – isn’t any better than the previous version. After a shaky first inning in which he allowed three runs, LHP Wade LeBlanc shut down the Rangers for the next four innings before the bullpen blew it.
The M’s open a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels at 7:10 p.m. Thursday at T-Mobile Park. LHP Yusei Kikuchi (3-2, 3.82 ERA) is scheduled to start for Seattle. The Angels plan to use an opener before RHP Felix Pena comes in.