ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Eugenio Suárez hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off closer Joe Barlow, and the Seattle Mariners rallied past the Texas Rangers 4-3 on Friday night after losing a lead of their own.
Suárez’s throwing error at third base sparked a two-run sixth that got the Rangers even at 2.
After Nathaniel Lowe had given Texas a 3-2 lead with a leadoff homer in the seventh, Suárez made up for the miscue. His 10th home run was an opposite-field shot to right with one out after J.P. Crawford walked.
Barlow’s first blown save in 18 chances going back to last season gave the Mariners a 5-2 record since dropping a season-worst nine games under .500 at the end of a 7-21 stretch.
Lowe pulled the first pitch from left-handed reliever Roenis Elías (0-1) into right-center field for his fifth home run.
Penn Murfee (1-0) struck out two in a scoreless eighth for his first major league win, and Paul Sewald worked around a two-out walk in the ninth for his third save.
Texas has lost three straight since reaching .500 for first time since May 2021.
Dane Dunning’s winless 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 push his team-leading total to 63.
Corey Seager, who had two hits, and Kole Calhoun lined RBI doubles to get the Rangers even in the sixth, which started with Suárez’s error on a routine grounder from Marcus Semien.
Seager’s hit down the line in right ended Logan Gilbert’s scoreless streak against Texas this season at 11 2/3 innings. Calhoun’s tying liner to the base of the wall in left stopped his 0-for-13 skid.
A night after his career-best 13-game hitting streak ended, Seattle’s Ty France was hit by a pitch from Dunning leading off the fourth and scored on Suárez’s sacrifice fly following Crawford’s double.
Cal Raleigh’s fourth homer in 12 games and fifth overall put the Mariners up 2-0 in the fifth.
Gilbert allowed five hits and two runs, one earned, with a walk and seven strikeouts in six innings.
Most of the Rangers wore maroon shirts with “Robb Elementary School” in white letters on the front during batting practice as a tribute to victims in the shooting in Uvalde, 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 national gun violence awareness day Friday. It has been recognized since 2013. The orange represents the color many hunters wear to protect themselves and others.
The Rangers recalled LHP Kolby Allard from Triple-A Round Rock and optioned OF 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 replaced after eight innings because of left shoulder soreness.
Rangers: RHP Jonathan Hernández was sent to Round Rock to begin a rehab assignment. The reliever missed last season after having Tommy John surgery in April 2021. Hernández and José Leclerc have been on similar timelines for recovery after having elbow surgery about the same time. Leclerc has already started his rehab stint.
Seattle LHP Marco Gonzales (3-5, 3.55 ERA) makes his second start against Texas this season. His first win came against the Rangers on April 15 in an 11-1 victory at Seattle. Texas RHP Glenn Otto (3-2, 4.33) has a 2.12 ERA in three starts since allowing a career-high eight runs in an 11-3 loss to Boston.
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