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Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Seattle Mariners’ 8-5 victory against the Texas Rangers

UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019

Seattle Mariners' Kyle Seager, right, is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on a Tom Murphy single during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (Tony Gutierrez / AP)
Seattle Mariners' Kyle Seager, right, is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on a Tom Murphy single during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (Tony Gutierrez / AP)
By Gene Warnick The Spokesman-Review

Kyle Seager hit a tiebreaking, two-run triple in the seventh inning as the Seattle Mariners defeated the host Texas Rangers 8-5 Tuesday night.

Seager went 3 for 5 with a home run and four RBIs. Domingo Santana also homered for the Mariners, who won their sixth game in a row to match their season-high.

Danny Santana homered for the Rangers, who suffered their third straight loss to drop below .500 (53-54).

Right-hander Sam Tuivailala (1-0) got the victory with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Left-hander Roenis Elias worked the ninth for his 14th save. Rangers lefty Brett Martin (1-2) took the loss.

Mariners starter Mike Leake was staked to a 5-1 lead but couldn’t hold it, allowing five runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out two.

With the score tied at 5-5, Daniel Vogelbach led off the seventh with a walk. Right-hander Taylor Guerrieri replaced Martin and Tim Beckham reached on a throwing error by third baseman Asdrubal Cabrera, putting runners at first and second. Seager then hit his two-run triple to center field. Tom Murphy’s single to left off Cabrera’s glove scored Seager to make it 8-5.

The Rangers had tied the score with a four-run sixth, highlighted by Danny Santana’s leadoff homer, his 16th of the season, and a two-run double by Rougned Odor. Delino DeShields’ run-scoring single knocked Leake from the game and made it 5-5.

Domingo Santana hit a solo homer in the first, his 21st, and Seager added a solo shot in the second, his ninth, that bounced off the heel of center fielder DeShields’ glove and over the fence as he made a leaping attempt at a catch.

Of note

The Mariners snapped a nine-game road losing streak.. … OF Keon Broxton joined the M’s after being claimed off waivers from Baltimore on Sunday. In 71 games this season between the New York Mets and the Orioles, Broxton batted .184 with four home runs, 11 RBIs and eight stolen bases.

By the numbers

300: Number of victories for Scott Servais as the M’s manager, second in franchise history to Lou Piniella’s 840.

Our take from Right Field

The trade deadline is at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Will M’s GM “Trader” Jerry Dipoto make any deals? Have we seen the last of Leake, Santana or Elias? Stay tuned …

Up next

The M’s complete their two-game series at Texas with a 5:05 p.m. game Wednesday. LHP Wade LeBlanc (6-3, 4.79 ERA) is scheduled to follow an opener, while the Rangers plan to start LHP Mike Minor (8-6, 3.00).

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