Mike Foltynewicz deserved a better fate than a loss tonight as the righty allowed two runs in seven innings. That second run in the bottom of the seventh — a J.P. Crawford solo home run — was a killer as it broke a 1-1 tie before a solo Mitch Haniger shot off Joely Rodríguez in the bottom of the eighth provided necessary insurance despite the Rangers’ lineup getting stifled again at T-Mobile Park.
Through three games in this four-game set, the Rangers have scored a grand total of four runs as they move to an abysmal 9-19 away from the increasingly friendly confines of The Shed.
Despite being .500 not terribly long ago, this downward spiral has the Rangers on pace for a 96-loss season at exactly the 1/3rd mark through the 2021 season.
Player of the Game: Besides Foltynewicz’s stellar outing, a trio of singles from Adolis Garcia were basically the only thing keeping the Rangers from being a victim of one of those dreaded no-hitter alerts as the rest of the lineup went 0-for-the game until a Joey Gallo single with one out in the ninth ignited an ultimately doomed rally.
Up Next: The Rangers will close out this weekend four-game set trying to avoid a second consecutive sweep at the hands of a division rival with LHP Hyeon-Jong Yang getting the call for Texas opposite LHP Yusei Kikuchi for Seattle in the finale.
Sunday’s first pitch from T-Mobile Park is scheduled for an earlier 3:10 pm CT.