Rangers at Mariners
Adversity is starting to hit the Seattle Mariners in a big way, but some of the younger blood on the roster is rising to the challenge. After outlasting the Texas Rangers in a seesaw affair Tuesday, the Mariners attempt to move to 3-0 without Robinson Cano and complete a two-game home sweep of their American League West rival on Wednesday.
Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that Seattle's eight-time All-Star second baseman, who was placed on the disabled list a day earlier with a broken bone in his right hand, was suspended 80 games for violating its joint drug prevention and treatment program. Despite also losing slugger Nelson Cruz to a bruised foot in the third inning later in the evening, the Mariners rode three-hit efforts from Jean Segura, who added a career-high four steals, and Mitch Haniger before getting a walk-off single from Guillermo Heredia in the 11th to pull out a 9-8 victory. Texas dropped its third straight in a game that featured four lead changes and four ties despite a 3-for-4, three-RBI performance from Robinson Chirinos, who entered the contest batting .175. The loss ended the Rangers' three-game winning streak at Safeco Field and dropped them 10 1/2 games out of first place in the West.
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PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers RH Bartolo Colon (1-1, 3.32 ERA) vs. Mariners RH Christian Bergman (2017: 4-5, 5.00)
Colon did not factor into the decision for the fourth time in his six turns this season Wednesday against Detroit, yielding three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk in five frames. The 44-year-old has cooled off since his first four appearances (two starts) when he posted a 1.45 ERA, going 1-1 with a 4.74 ERA in four turns. Segura is 3-for-14 versus Colon, who settled for a no-decision against the Mariners last month after giving up four runs over 5 2/3 innings.
Bergman is expected to make his 24th big-league start and first since defeating Texas last June, when he permitted two runs on four hits and two walks across 5 2/3 innings. The UC Irvine product has spent all of the 2018 season at Triple-A Tacoma, going 3-3 with a 3.40 ERA in eight turns while allowing opponents to bat .299 against him. Bergman earned the victory in his last start with the Rainiers on Friday, yielding two runs (one earned) over six innings.
1. The Mariners posted their 10th comeback victory of the season Tuesday, tied with Houston for the fourth-most in the AL.
2. Texas placed 3B Adrian Beltre on the 10-day DL on with a Grade 1 left hamstring strain and recalled 2B Hanser Alberto from Triple-A Round Rock.
3. Cruz made his 358th start at designated hitter for Seattle on Tuesday, breaking a tie with Ken Phelps for most in club history.