ARLINGTON, Texas – How to turn victories from five to eight and from 10 matches into historic ones.
And that’s another example of how the Mariners put together this latest success, dating back to the abysmal 3-8 home game where the season seemed to be over, far beyond the fight in Anaheim and into the current double-digit winning streak.
With a relatively late / early morning arrival at the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, which caused inconvenience, JP Crawford came out of the row as a late scratch and a slow start from Marco Gonzales and their own failures with the bases filled, leading to a deficit of four races. after two innings, it would have been easy for the Mariners to break through an indefinite defeat with fatigue as an excuse and the promise to finish strong over the last three games in the series before the All-Star break.
Instead, the Mariners did not want to end this winning streak that started on July 2nd. The Mariners scored two runs in the seventh and three runs in the eighth inning, marked by Ty France’s base-filled two-runs single to rally to a final 6-5 victory.
It was the Mariners’ biggest come-of-behind win of the season, extending their winning streak to 11 games.
“What a race we’re on,” manager Scott Servais said, as if he was not even sure what had just happened. “You just never know how it’s going to play every night.”
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“Eleven wins in a row, incredible,” Servais said. “Incredible group we have and they look forward to coming to the park every day.”
It is the second-longest winning streak in the club’s history, and only behind the 15-game winning streak that the 2001 Mariners put together. The Mariners also joined the Astros and Yankees with 11-game winning streak this season, which is number two after the Braves’ 14-game winning streak.
The Mariners improved to 48-42 – their highest number of games over .500 this season. When Boston and Toronto lost, the Mariners moved into the second AL wild card spot.
“It’s just fun to get on the field every day and be a part of this group,” Gonzales said. “I can not really describe it more than that. We’re just crazy. And even tonight, when we are down, the energy in our dugout, the energy with our team all year round, we know who we are, we know how good we are, and we are never out of it. There is no panic. “
After Gonzales gave up three runs in the first inning and another in the second on nearly 50 lanes, the Mariners looked to have a positional player lane to save their bullpen arms.
Gonzales understood that an exit after three innings just could not happen. He rolled in his excursion and began to get out.
“I just wanted 100 seats and get through six innings,” Gonzales said.
Facing Rangers starter Martin Perez, who was named to the AL All-Star team this season, the Mariners looked to have wasted two serious scoring opportunities. Perez, who had nasty movements on his fastball and a difficult shift, had plenty of movement but minimal command.
His second inning:
- Jesse Winker looks over the line
- Dylan Moore looks streaked
- Strikeout by Sam Haggerty.
The Mariners again filled the bases in the third inning against Perez. But Raleigh showed up with the bases full to finish the round.
Seattle finally broke through in the fourth inning in a unique way. Haggerty hit a hard-lowering liner to the midfield that Leody Taveras could not get hold of. The ball went past him all the way to the wall. Haggerty, one of the fastest players in baseball, never stopped running. He circled the bases for the Mariners’ first inside the park since Willie Bloomquist on June 15, 2007 in Houston.
Gonzales would give up one more run but still hit six complete innings, which will be crucial for the Mariners in the coming days.