Arlington, Texas (AP) – JP Crawford hit an RBI single in the 10th inning as the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 3-2 on Saturday to extend their winning streak to 13 games.
Carlos Santana made home as the Mariners (50–42), reaching a club-record 15-game winning streak in his last playoff season in 2001. They have won 21 of their last 24 matches to take eight consecutive series, their most since winning 14 straight sets during that 116-win season 21 years ago.
Seattle will match the longest winning streak among the majors this year with a win in the series finale on Sunday, its final game before the All-Star break. Defending World Series champions Atlanta won 14 matches in a row last month.
Crawford cut a single across first base off Brett Martin (0-5), Texas’ fifth pitcher and had gone in the last two innings. It scored automatic runner Sam Haggerty, who came on as a pinch-runner for Santana, who finished an innings in ninth place.
Diego Castillo (7–1) faced only three batsmen in the ninth, benefiting from a double-play liner after the leadoff batsman walked in. Matthew Festa made his first defense in the 10th.
Crawford and Santana both returned to the Mariners’ lineup. Crawford lost two games to a right index finger injury, and Santana was reinstated from the banned list after being away from the club for a day following a fire at his home in Florida.
Ty France, who received three more hits to raise his batting average to .306, singled out in the third, before Santana hit his eighth homer of the season to lift the Mariners 2–1. France had a double each in the ninth, but her pinch-runner got stuck at base.
Nathaniel Lowe, trapped in a 4-for-26 slide, advanced to Texas with a second-place double and scored on a single by Jonah Heim. Rangers tied the game in seventh after another leadoff double, this one by warming up to Leodi Tavares before Elior Hernandez singled out to get his first career RBI. Taveras has hit .593 (16 off 27) with six doubles in a seven-game hitting streak.
It was Seattle’s seventh win by one run during the current streak. The Mariners’ 21 one-run victory overall is tied with Toronto among the biggest companies. Rangers are tied for the major league lead with a 20-run loss. … All-Star SS Corey Seeger had his first triple with Rangers, but saw the end of his career-best RBI streak in eight matches. No one was injured in the fire that broke out in Santana’s house. His family was at that time in another home in Kansas City.
Rangers: RHP Jonathan Hernandez was activated from the 60-day injured list and finished a scoreless seventh with a strikeout. He completely missed 2021 to recover from Tommy John surgery. RHP AJ Alexey is sent to Rock the Triple-A Round.
RHP Chris Flexon (6-8, 3.84 ERA), who is 4-0 with 2.53 ERA in five careers against Texas, takes the mound for the Mariners in the final game before the All-Star break. Rangers rookie RHP Glenn Otto (4-5, 5.50) conceded no more than two runs in eight of his 12 total, but allowed 10 earned runs.
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