Seattle Mariners

Logan Gilbert strikes out 9, surging Mariners sweep Rangers 5-0

SEATTLE — Logan Gilbert struck out nine and gave up two hits over eight innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 5-0 on Sunday to sweep the series.

Rookie Tyler Locklear hit a solo home run to help back Gilbert (4-4) and help Seattle improve to 12 games over .500. The Mariners have won seven of eight games and nine straight home series.

Mitch Haniger and Luke Raley hit back-to-back doubles off starter Dane Dunning (4-6) in the fourth to put the Mariners up 1-0. And Josh Rojas made it 2-0 after doubling with two outs in the fifth and scoring from second on Dunning’s wild pitch that skipped short of the plate and under catcher Andrew Knizner’s glove.

Rojas took third as the ball bounced off the backstop and skipped toward the Mariners’ dugout, then raced home and slipped under Dunning’s tag at home plate to make it 2-0.

Locklear’s seventh-inning shot to left was his second since joining the team as a replacement for regular first baseman Ty France.

Dunning pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs and four hits. He struck out eight and walked three.


Texas manager Bruce Bochy said the team had not spoken with right-hander Max Scherzer on Sunday following a rehab appearance with Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday night. The team planned to talk with the three-time Cy Young Award winner after returning to Texas for this week’s homestand that begins Monday with the New York Mets. Scherzer has not pitched for the Rangers since the World Series following offseason back surgery.

He pitched 4 2/3 innings Saturday, throwing 78 pitches while striking out eight. He gave up four hits and three runs, including a first-pitch homer in the first inning. Scherzer then struck out the side.

Bochy said he was considering a six-man rotation when Scherzer returns among other options.

“I wouldn’t rule out anything here,” Bochy said.


Rojas got the crowd going in the first inning, too, when he took Dunning to 14 pitches, the longest at-bat of the season for the Mariners. The crowd cheered louder with each swing as Rojas fouled off eight straight pitches during the at-bat. He eventually popped out, but Dunning finished the inning with 33 pitches.

The starter responded by striking out the side in the second.


Rangers: Texas recalled right-hander Cole Winn from Triple-A Round Rock and designated right-hander Jesus Tinoco for assignment. He appeared in the ninth on Sunday, allowing a run on a wild pitch.

The team also announced third baseman Josh Jung (right wrist fracture) and right-hander Josh Sborz (right rotator cuff strain) were scheduled to make rehab appearances at Round Rock on Sunday vs. Seattle affiliate Tacoma. Bochy said Jung will get approximately 30 at-bats during the assignment. Sborz will start with an inning of work per appearance with a goal of two or three stints.


Rangers: Jon Gray (2-2, 2.17) takes the mound as Texas returns home to host the New York Mets. His ERA is fourth best in the American League.

Mariners: With Monday off, Seattle has not announced its starters for the series at Cleveland that begins Tuesday.



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