SEATTLE – Jake Fraley took a shower on opening night three months ago when he walked with the bases loaded for the first of the Seattle Mariners extra wins.
On the night the club dubbed “reopening night,” Fraley was once again the recipient of a winning celebration after another extra inning victory for the expanding Mariners.
Fraley’s single with a takeout in the 10th inning marked Jake Bauers with the winning run, and Seattle improved to 10-1 in extra innings this season with a 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday.
Almost 4.5 hours after the first pitch, Fraley cut a Grounder from Texas reliever Taylor Hearn (2-3) in right field and sparked another wild celebration for the Mariners the night T-Mobile Park was at full capacity. for the first time since 2019.
Seattle won for the ninth time in 12 games, improved to 19-7 in one-point games and has 13 straight home wins against the Rangers.
“To be able to put on a game like this for all the Seattle fans for that first day was huge,” said Fraley, who also scored.
Anthony Misiewicz (3-3) worked a perfect 10th to clinch the win, including a Nate Lowe strikeout on the 12th batting.
But he never should have reached the extras without a sloppy defense. Seattle’s third mistake of the night turned out to be costly as third baseman Ty France’s errant shot with a ninth putout allowed Eli White to reach second. White scored on Jonah Heim’s RBI double at deep center field to tie the game 4 minutes after it looked like Seattle was on the verge of another comeback victory.
“It wasn’t our cleanest game, but we had a chance at the end and our guys performed and did it,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said.
The Mariners scored twice in the eighth on Luis Torrens’ solo homerun and JP Crawford’s two-out single that scored Fraley with second. It was Crawford’s third hit of the night and gave Seattle a 4-3 lead. The Torrens circuit was his sixth in his last 12 games.
“It was by far one of the coolest times of my life on the baseball field. I never saw the whole stadium chanting my name. It was really cool, ”Crawford said. “For the whole stadium to chant your name, you have to pass. You just have to pass.”
Hector Santiago threw in relief for Seattle in his first appearance since becoming the first disciplined player in Major League Baseball’s crackdown on grip-enhancing foreign substances when he received a suspension from 10 games. The sanction is delayed until an appeal is decided.
Santiago hit the side in the eighth inning sandwiched around a single by Lowe. Before the start of the round, Santiago removed the rosin bag from the mound. Santiago said everything that was found on his glove last Saturday against the Chicago White Sox that led to his suspension was just rosin.
Santiago was checked and cleared by home plate umpire John Tumpane after the end of the set.
Both teams had defensive issues which led to runs. Mitch Haniger of Seattle dropped a short pop volley in the third inning that helped lead to two runs for the Rangers on Brock Holt’s two-run single.
Texas had two pitch errors from Brett Martin and Charlie Culberson in the seventh inning that led to a run for Seattle.
“They were just stupid, stupid mistakes,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “Didn’t execute some plays, easy first base strikeouts, a few shots on the ground. We need to play better and sometimes games like this happen on both sides.”
Texas starter Kyle Gibson lowered his best AL ERA to 1.98, allowing a run in 5 2/3 innings. Gibson is one of four baseball pitchers with an ERA of less than 2.00. He took out seven and walked three. The only damage against him was Fraley’s solo circuit.
Seattle rookie Logan Gilbert allowed two earned runs and struck out six on catches in another impressive outing. Gilbert has allowed three earned runs or less in seven of the nine starts.
In line with Washington state’s lifting of most of its COVID-19 restrictions earlier this week, the Mariners were able to offer full capacity to T-Mobile Park for the first time since the end of the 2019 season. announced crowd was 28,638 people.
Mariners: Servais said injured 1B Evan White still had pain in his right hip, even after being recently injected with cortisone. Servais said White was not set to return to baseball after suffering a setback while on a rehab mission. … RHP Justin Dunn (shoulder inflammation) is expected to begin a program to initiate within the next few days. Dunn has been out since June 18.
Rangers: RHP Jordan Lyles (3-5, 5.12 ERA) is making his 16th start of the season. Lyles has lost his ERA by almost two points in his last eight starts. He allowed a run in seven innings on his last start.
Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (1-4, 5.10) starts for the first time since June 20 after signing up on the paternity list before his last departure for the birth of his daughter. Gonzales pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed two runs in his last start on June 20 against Tampa Bay.
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