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Mariners outlast Rangers, drop magic number to one to end postseason drought

Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times on

Published in Baseball

And now the number is one.

Put simply, the Seattle Mariners are one win or one Baltimore loss from ending a postseason drought that they begrudgingly inherited and finally understood it was their burden to carry.

Now they are one game from being the team that did what felt impossible at times over two decades of losing and frustration.

With their crazy 10-9 victory over the Texas Rangers in 11 innings on Thursday night, the postseason is within their grasp.

They could clinch a wild card spot on Friday night in front of what is expected to be sold-out crowed with fireworks scheduled postgame. Perhaps champagne will be added to the menu.

Mitch Haniger gives the Mariners an early 2-0 lead with a two-run homer to left field getting the Mariners on the board early in the first

 

Down 9-8 going into the bottom of the 11th, Dylan Moore singled to start the inning and move automatic runner Jarred Kelenic to third base. Pinch hitter Luis Torrens followed with a single to the right to score Kelenic.

After two failed sac bunt attempts from J.P. Crawford, Moore stole third base.

Crawford ended the game moments later with his line drive going off the glove of third baseman Josh Jung, allowing Moore to race home with the winning run.

With the Orioles losing to the Boston Red Sox, 5-3, on Thursday afternoon, the Mariners took the field for their season-series finale with the Rangers hours later, knowing their magic number for clinching their first postseason spot since 2001 was two games.

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