07/23 00:53 CDT Skidding Rangers can't solve Gonzales as Mariners roll, 7-3
Skidding Rangers can't solve Gonzales as Mariners roll, 7-3
By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) --- Marco Gonzales recovered from a shaky start to throw seven
strong innings, Austin Nola hit a three-run homer to put Seattle ahead for
good, and the Mariners handed the Texas Rangers their eighth straight loss with
a 7-3 victory Monday night.
The Rangers' swoon since the All-Star break continued as Texas was shut down by
Gonzales (11-8) after the second inning. The left-hander finished seven for the
second time in his past three starts, retiring 13 straight during one stretch
and 17 of the final 18 batters he faced.
Gonzales allowed seven hits and struck out four, but was lucky to even get
through the second. Texas took a 2-0 lead after Shin-Soo Choo's RBI single, the
last of four singles in five batters to start the inning. But Gonzales struck
out Danny Santana looking on a borderline pitch and got a lineout from Elvis
Andrus to end the threat.
From there the only baserunner Gonzales allowed was Rougned Odor, who reached
on a two-out single in the sixth. Roenis Elias got the final out for his 12th
Texas is 2-8 since the break and has fallen back to .500 at 50-50.
Nola hit his third homer in the bottom of the second off Texas starter Adrian
Sampson. Mallex Smith added a two-run single in the fourth and Kyle Seager
homered leading off the eighth. Sampson (6-7) made his first start since July 5
after three straight appearances out of the bullpen and gave up six runs and
eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
STEALING A RUN
Texas took a 1-0 lead in the first with the help of an ambitious Rangers fan
with good seats. With two outs, Hunter Pence hit a foul ball near the stands
down the left field line. Seager raced over and leaned into the stands to make
the catch, only to have it stolen by a young Rangers fan sitting in the first
row. Later in the at-bat Pence singled to score Andrus.
The Rangers placed closer Shawn Kelley on the 10-day injured list with biceps
soreness in his right arm, but manager Chris Woodward said the injury appears
far less severe than first believed. Kelley left Sunday's game in Houston in
the bottom of the eighth after throwing several warmup pitches. An MRI showed
no acute injury. Texas selected the contract of reliever Rafael Montero from
Triple-A Nashville to take Kelley's roster spot and designated for assignment
outfielder Carlos Tocci to clear a 40-man roster spot.
Seattle 2B Dee Gordon left after the second inning and was replaced by Dylan
Moore. Gordon was hit in the back of the shoulder on a pickoff attempt by
Sampson. Gordon finished the inning on the bases but was replaced.
Rangers: Texas is expected to call up RHP Pedro Payano to make a spot start.
Payano has appeared in one game this season for the Rangers. He's made 15
starts in the minors between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Nashville.
Mariners: Seattle will use an opener to be followed by LHP Tommy Milone. He
will be making his seventh appearance following an opener and has a 4.18 ERA in
his previous six outings.
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