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Rougned Odor hit a game-ending two-run homer and the AL-best Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 8-7 on Tuesday night.
David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger
The Rangers do it again! Amazing. Rougned Odor wins it by golfing a 2-2 pitch from Edwin Diaz over the center field fence for a dramatic two-run walk-off homer and a dagger in the heart of Seattle's season. The Rangers are now 30-8 in one-run games. Amazing. Hey, I just said that! 30-8
David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger
The Mariners brought in Edwin Diaz for a six-out save and while he fanned Carlos Beltran with two on to escape the eighth, he threw 24 pitches. He's back out for the ninth against the meat of the Texas order. The Rangers are fine kings of the one-run victory ... and sure enough, Adrian Beltre leads off with a single.
Cole Hamels disappoints versus Mariners
The AL Cy Young candidate didn't last five innings and surrendered six runs to wild-card-hunting Seattle. The six runs matched a season-high for Hamels, whose ERA increased to 2.91. Follow live
Lineup: Rangers (78-54) vs. Mariners (68-63)
- 1. Delino DeShields, LF (R)
- 2. Ian Desmond, CF (R)
- 3. Carlos Beltran, RF (S)
- 4. Adrian Beltre, 3B (R)
- 5. Rougned Odor, 2B (L)
- 6. Jonathan Lucroy, C (R)
- 7. Elvis Andrus, SS (R)
- 8. Ryan Rua, 1B (R)
- 9. Carlos Gomez, RF (R)
- SP: Cole Hamels, LHP Daily lineups
Is Matt Bush key to Rangers' season?
In a bullpen that has been among the worst in the majors this season, Bush, who was practicing in a Golden Corral parking lot after being released from prison, has starred. Where would Texas be without him? Schoenfield: Players affecting team's 2016 hopes (Insider)
Carlos Beltran packed his power to Texas
Beltran hit his 25th homer of the season on Monday. It marks the second time that he has hit 25 or more HRs while playing for multiple teams in a season (2004 the other). Only three other players in MLB history have hit at least 25 HRs while playing for multiple teams in more than one season, the Elias Sports Bureau notes.
- Fred McGriff (1993 Padres and Braves; 2001 Devil Rays and Cubs)
- Tony Batista (1999 D-backs and Blue Jays; 2001 Blue Jays and Orioles)
- Mark Teixeira (2007 Rangers and Braves; 2008 Braves and Angels)
It was the curveball that was the key pitch for Darvish on Monday night. Stats & Info looks at his performance and what's been different in 2016.
Yu Darvish struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings and Carlos Beltran homered among three hits, helping the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 6-3 on Monday night.
ESPN Stats and Information
Rangers DH Carlos Beltrán hit his 25th home run on Monday, giving him 25 in a season for the first time since 2012. Beltrán has 417 career home runs. He's the sixth switch-hitter to have eight 25-homer seasons. Eddie Murray has the most, 12.
Rangers rise in Power Rankings
After beating the Indians in three of four, Texas is now the No. 1 AL team in our rankings. Even if the Rangers played .500 baseball the rest of the way, they'd finish with at least 92 wins. Week 21 Power Rankings
Another game, another Texas one-run win
With Sunday's 2-1 win, the Rangers are now 29-8 in games decided by one run this season, which, according to ESPN Stats & Info, would be the best win percentage in the modern era in this category if they can stay at this pace (.784). What we learned Sunday
Jeff Sullivan searches for something -- anything -- the AL West-leading Texas Rangers could have seen in Carlos Gomez to give him the opportunity he's getting, and doesn't find much.
Derek Holland allowed one run over six innings in his second start off the disabled list, new left fielder Carlos Gomez made two nice catches and the Rangers beat the Indians 2-1 on Sunday.
Beltran finally breaks his slump
Carlos Beltran ended a career-long 32-AB hitless streak with a first-inning single on Saturday. It was the longest such streak for a player with at least 2,500 hits to his credit (Beltran had 2,580 when it started) since Cal Ripken, with 3,182 hits, went hitless in 33 at-bats during a stretch in 2001, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
On Base Percentage.31920th
Earned Run Average4.2919th
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