It took six tries but the Rangers finally got over the hump to climb back to .500 baseball today as they took a series from Mariners on Mother’s Day.
Texas starter Dane Dunning was pretty impressive, if inefficient, in his five innings of work as he allowed the two Seattle runs on six hits and three walks but he also struck out ten Mariners which blew past his former career high of eight.
When Dunning’s day was finished after 89 pitches, the score was 2-1 M’s but the Rangers bats made Dunning a winner with a six-spot in the bottom of the frame before piling on late.
The victory gave the Rangers their third consecutive series win as they’ve now won as many as they’ve lost which is a fairly remarkable feat considering we’re nearing mid-May and the expectations were low coming into the season.
Player of the Game:
Adolis Garcia made his mother proud today with his ninth bombo of the season (which is one off the MLB lead!) as he helped the Rangers break away from the Mariners.
Overall, El Bombi went 3-for-4 with a career high five RBI. Garcia now has 26 RBI in 26 games and, at this point, he might as well send in an address for MLB to ship his Rookie of the Year award.
Up Next: The Rangers will finish off their stretch of 19 games in 19 days with a two-game series against the Giants in San Francisco. RHP Kyle Gibson will make the start for Texas in the opener with SF turning to LHP Alex Wood. Monday night’s first pitch from Oracle Park is scheduled for 8:45 pm CT.