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Segura keys 4-run 9th as Mariners rally past Rangers 6-2
By SCHUYLER DIXON
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Jean Segura and the Seattle Mariners figured five straight games scoring two runs or less were more than enough.
Segura hit a two-run double in a four-run ninth inning after Mitch Haniger's tying homer in the eighth, lifting the Mariners over the Texas Rangers 6-2 on Friday night.
Seattle had dropped four of the five games during the offensive skid, which ended with three hits apiece from Segura and Haniger and 14 total. The late runs came after the Mariners scored just once despite having a runner at second with no outs in each of the first four innings.
"We were due to put a rally together," manager Scott Servais said. "We certainly had a lot of chances earlier in the ballgame. Our situational hitting and some other stuff, our execution wasn't very good early."
Haniger's fifth homer was a two-out shot to the berm in center field against Chris Martin. Haniger and Kyle Seager added RBI singles in the ninth off Jake Diekman as the Rangers remained the only team in the majors without a win in a series opener, dropping to 0-7.
Juan Nicasio (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth, and Edwin Diaz struck out two in the ninth around a walk and a hit batter.
Kela hadn't given up a run in his first six appearances covering 5 1/3 innings. The hard-throwing right-hander fell behind all four hitters, and three of the four runs in the ninth were charged to him.
"Coming in a 2-2 game, I nitpicked a little bit," Kela said. "I was trying to make the best pitch instead of just focus on making the most quality pitch that I could. I guess I could say that I'm glad I got it out of the way now. I take this as a learning step."
Felix Hernandez gave up four hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings, leaving after hitting friend and former teammate Adrian Beltre with a pitch following Mazara's tying hit.
Texas lefty Mike Minor, trying to become the first pitcher in the 24-year history of the Rangers' home ballpark with three straight starts allowing three hits or less, gave up six hits and a run in 5 1/3 innings with six strikeouts.
There were three defensive gems among the first four outs. Texas shortstop Jurickson Profar made a diving stop and quick flip to Isiah Kiner-Falefa on Robinson Cano's run-scoring fielder's choice. The next out came on center fielder Drew Robinson's diving catch in right center on Nelson Cruz's soft liner. Leading off the bottom of the first, Haniger caught Shin-Soo Choo's high fly just as he crossed the foul line in right and ran into the wall below the foul pole.
The Rangers held a moment of silence before the national anthem for former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday in Houston. Former president George W. Bush, one of her sons, once was part of Rangers ownership, lives in Dallas and attends several home games every year.
Mariners: C Mike Zunino matched his career high with four strikeouts in his season debut after missing three weeks with a strained abdominal muscle. ... 1B Ryon Healy (sprained right ankle) started a rehab assignment with Double-A Arkansas on Friday and could return during the 10-game trip that just started.
Rangers: RHP Doug Fister (right hip strain) threw a 58-pitch bullpen session without any issues. Fister was eligible to come off the disabled list Friday. ... CF Delino DeShields played seven innings as expected and went 2 for 3 on the second night of a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Friday. He broke his left hand March 30 against Houston. ... Profar was cleared from the concussion protocol after missing two games when he was upended at second base by Tampa Bay baserunner Mallex Smith on Monday.
Rangers RHP Bartolo Colon (0-0, 1.45 ERA) took a perfect game into the eighth inning in his previous start at Houston on Sunday. The 44-year-old gave up one hit in 7 2/3 innings and didn't get a decision in the Rangers' 3-1 win in 10 innings. Mariners LHP James Paxton (1-2, 4.57) is 2-4 in 10 career starts against Texas.
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Updated April 21, 2018