That little 21-8 drubbing the Seattle Mariners laid on the Texas Rangers tonight did more than give them a series win – it evened out the season series, 5-5.
After making a little offensive history, the Mariners were all smiles in the clubhouse.
“A little above normal,” said Justin Smoak, who hit two home runs and had six RBI. “When everybody’s getting hits and scoring runs, it’s a lot of fun.”
Seattle scored eight runs in back-to-back innings for the first time in franchise history – and just the eighth time in major league history
“You’re seeing their potential,” manager Eric Wedge said of his team. “They’re putting together games like this back-to-back, and they did it against potentially the best team in baseball.”
“We did every thing right tonight, it was one of those nights when every thing we hit dropped in,” said Kyle Seager, who batted third and had four hits, scored four times and had a pair of RBI.
“Every at-bat means something, and we don’t give them away,” he said. “Even when you’re sitting on 21 runs, you try and put up a good at-bat.”
Rookie Jesus Montero had a single, double and home run by the third inning.
“I needed a triple for the cycle, but I said ‘That’s not going to happen.’ I had one in AAA last year, but the ball hit the top of the wall and bounced away from the outfielder,” Montero said.
“I’d need guys running into each other to get a triple up here.”
Blake Beavan won his third game and Hisashi Iwakuma, appearing for just the fifth time in 53 games, earned a three-inning save.
Seager had four hits – two doubles – and has seven hits in his last two games. Michael Saunders has back-to-back three hit games and is now hitting .247. Seager leads the team with 28, but Montero and Smoak each have 27 now.