ARLINGTON, Texas — The Mariners' dominance over the Texas Rangers came to an end, well, at least for one game.
After losing their last nine games against Seattle and 10 of the last 12 meetings this season, the Rangers finally found a way to beat the Mariners, prevailing 7-4 Saturday night at Globe Life Field.
But it wasn't so much that the Rangers beat them, it was an unusually sloppy performance in the field that left the Mariners feeling like they beat themselves with mistakes and failed execution.
"It was not our crispest game," manager Scott Servais said. "We didn't play like we typically play. It was uncharacteristic of how we have been playing with errors and walks out of the bullpen. You are going to have those games once in a while. They aren't fun. I wish we could play perfect every night."
The sloppy play was more than the Mariners' restored lineup, which also failed to cash in on some run-scoring opportunities, could overcome. The Mariners lost just for the 13th time in 62 games where they've scored four runs or more.
"We'll be fine," Servais said.
The Mariners seemed to be headed for yet another win over the Rangers, grabbing an early 3-0 lead, picking up two runs in the first inning off Texas starter Dane Dunning on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Eugenio Suarez and another in the second on a sac fly from Sam Haggerty.
Facing the Rangers for the fifth time this season (yes, five starts), Marco Gonzales cruised through the first three innings, allowing just one hit — a leadoff double to Ezequiel Duran in the third — and no runs.
But his outing fell apart in the fourth inning.
After getting Corey Seager to line out to center to start the inning, Adolis Garcia hit a hard fly ball to left-center.