ARLINGTON, Texas – Perhaps the closed roof and climate-controlled atmosphere of the new Globe Life Field with its air conditioning and comfortable temperatures were just the thing to cool off the Mariners’ bats.
OK, that’s probably not really the reason. But a night after their best offensive showing this season with the Globe Life roof open and temps in the mid-90s, Seattle put together a tepid showing at the plate against a previously struggling starting pitcher and a cadre relievers in a disappointing 4-2 loss to the Rangers.
The Mariners, trying to win a third consecutive game, were sending their most successful pitcher, Marco Gonzales, to the mound to make the start while Texas was going with lefty Mike Minor, who hasn’t been the same pitcher he was a year ago.
Gonzales wasn’t as sharp as normal, pitching just five innings and allowing four runs on seven hits with a walk and two strikeouts to fall to 2-2 on the season.
Minor pitched four scoreless innings and allowed just one hit , leaving with a 4-0 lead.
Seattle’s runs came in the fifth against reliever Nick Goody. J.P. Crawford had an RBI single and the Mariners scored the other run on a throwing error by Elvis Andrus.
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