ARLINGTON, Texas – Gutty pitching performances came in different sizes for the Texas Rangers in their 5-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
Lance Lynn allowed two runs over seven innings and Shawn Kelley earned the save hours after learning that two lumps removed from his throat last week were benign.
Lynn (6-3) gave up five singles and one walk and had a season-high 11 strikeouts in his 200th career start. Kelley, who was activated from the 10-day injured list on Tuesday, allowed a two-out, ninth-inning homer to Omar Narvaez, who had three hits, in earning his third save of the season.
The loss continued a tailspin for Seattle, which is 10-26 since a 13-2 start.
Nomar Mazara had three hits, an RBI and scored one of his two runs on a sacrifice fly after initially being ruled out at the plate before a successful Texas challenge. Joey Gallo hit a two-run home run, his 15th of the season, in the eighth.
Lynn had a shutout going into the seventh until an RBI single by Narvaez that nearly cleared the right-field fence. With the tying run at second base and one out, Lynn struck out Tim Beckham and J.P. Crawford to hold the lead and finish with 120 pitches, his highest total since May 2017.
“That was my inning to finish,” Lynn said. “I wanted to clean up my mess.”
Rangers manager Chris Woodward said he gave Lynn such leeway with an extra day’s rest coming up.
Kelley was told he would pitch either the eighth or ninth. Woodward gave the eighth and a one-run lead to Jose Leclerc, who retired the side in order and has set down 16 straight batters over his last four games.
M’s left-hander Tommy Milone (0-1) survived a 31-pitch first inning and allowed two runs on three hits in five innings in his first major league start of the season.
The Mariners played without second baseman Dee Gordon and third baseman Ryon Healy, each placed on the 10-day injured list before the game. Gordon has a right wrist contusion, and Healy has lower back inflammation.
Rookie Shed Long, recalled from Tacoma, replaced Gordon and singled in the sixth for his first major league hit in his 11th big league at-bat.