Mariners at Rangers
Martin Perez looks to match the franchise record by winning his eighth consecutive start when the Texas Rangers host the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday for the third contest of their four-game series. The Venezuelan has allowed fewer than three earned runs in five of the seven victories and looks to tie the club mark set in 2005 by Kenny Rogers.
Perez will try to help the Rangers move back above .500, as well as trim the team's three-game deficit for the American League's second wild card. Seattle posted a 10-3 rout of Texas on Tuesday to win for the third time in eight contests and remain 3 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the wild-card spot. Kyle Seager delivered a three-run homer - his second of the series and 22nd all-time against the Rangers. Willie Calhoun, Texas' prized prospect who was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of the package for Yu Darvish, made his major-league debut on Tuesday and went 1-for-4 with an RBI single.
TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, ROOT Northwest (Seattle), FSN Southwest (Texas)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mariners RH Mike Leake (9-12, 4.10 ERA) vs. Rangers LH Martin Perez (12-10, 4.81)
Leake is making his third start since being acquired from St. Louis after winning both of his first two outings. The 29-year-old allowed two earned runs in each turn while striking out 12 against one walk in 13 overall innings. Leake is 0-1 with a 2.33 ERA in three career starts versus the Rangers - including two outings at Globe Life Park (0-1, 2.03) - and has experienced difficulties with Shin-Soo Choo (5-for-11, two homers).
Perez still sports a high ERA despite his winning streak and opponents have a lofty .306 batting average against him this season. The 26-year-old has become one of three pitchers in franchise history to win at least six straight starts on multiple occasions, joining Rogers (three times) and Ferguson Jenkins (twice). Perez is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in three turns against Seattle this year and 6-3 with a 3.30 ERA in 15 career appearances (13 starts) while struggling to retire Seager (16-for-38, four homers).
1. Mariners RF Mitch Haniger is 5-for-9 with a homer in the series and a scorching 24-for-50 with four blasts and 11 RBIs over his last 12 games.
2. Texas activated 3B Adrian Beltre (hamstring) from the 10-day disabled list even though he still is unable to play and released RHP Tyson Ross.
3. Seattle DH Nelson Cruz has recorded just one extra-base hit (a homer) this month and has gone deep just once in his last 20 games.