It marked the first time the Mariners have ever been swept in a homestand of more than four games.
Seattle falls to 59-73, Rangers climb to 78-55 — a season-high 23 games above .500.
Felix Hernandez (12-8) gets the loss in his shortest outing of the season (three innings).
“It’s not just all Felix,” manager Eric Wedge said. “He had a bad day today – it always starts with your starting pitching – but it still has to go back to every area of our club. I mean, I don’t like the way we’re playing. I didn’t like the way we played this entire homestand. I thought we showed signs of some fights, and better ABs and better play; but overall we’re still pretty sloppy as a ball club and not executing, whether it be offensively or defensively. And there’s no excuse for that at this point in time in the year. These guys are going to have to find another gear and pick themselves up by the bootstraps and stop the bleeding and get back on track. We’ve got 30 games left.”
Next, Mariners head off on eight game road trip to Houston and Kansas City.
Eighth:Mariners add one as Miller leads off with a single and is driven home by Ibanez two-our single. Rangers, 12-3.
Seventh:Rangers add a pair: 12-2.
Mauer leaves after four innings, six hits, three runs, three earned runs, one walk, four strikeouts, one hit batter. two home runs allowed.
Sixth:Seager crushes one to right. Rangers, 10-2.
Notes: These provided by Mariners, good through five innings, with Rangers leading 10-1:
· Kyle Seager recorded the Mariners first hit with one out in the bottom of the 4th inning.
o Seager is batting .395 (30×76) vs. the Rangers this season (1×2 today) and ends the season series with hits in 18 of 19 games vs. the Rangers.
· Dustin Ackley hit his 3rd HR of the season (2nd in last 4 games).
o In 29 games since the All-Star break, Ackley is now batting .353 (35×99).
o During current 6-game hitting streak (1×2 today), Ackley is batting .556 (10×18).
o Updated August batting average (with 1×2 today): .403/25×62, 9 R, 5 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI.
· Felix Hernandez recorded his shortest start of the season at 3.0 (+4 batters), allowing 11 hits.
o Tied for the second-shortest start of his career, going 0.1 IP 4/18/07 vs. MIN (left with injury) and 3.0 IP 9/16/05 at TEX.
o Over the last 5 starts his season ERA has risen from 2.30 to 2.97 (21 ER, 27.0 IP).
· Leonys Martin has recorded a career-high 4 RBI today (3-run HR, RBI 1B).
· Adrian Beltre entered this season 3-for-15 (with 1 HR) off his former teammate Felix Hernandez…this season he is 7-for-14 (.500).
o Beltre is currently 2nd in the AL with 169 hits (Miguel Cabrera – 170) and tied for 6th with 28 home runs.
· Elvis Andrus is 6-for-13 this series (.461) and is riding a current 6-game hitting streak (.393/11×28).
· Ian Kinsler is 7-for-10 with 2 stolen bases over his last 3 games (starting with 2B in 7th inning Monday).
Fifth: Dustin Ackley tucks one in just over the right-field wall — 331 feet. It’s Rangers, 10-1.
Fourth:Ragers open the inning double, single, double, single, adding three runs before any outs. They’re up to eight runs on 11 hits, and Felix Hernandez leaves with his shortest appearance of the season. Then Brandon Maurer came in and gave up a two-run home run to Adrian Beltre. It’s 10-0 in the fourth. However, Kyle Seager got the Mariners their first hit in the bottom half.
Hernandez went three innings, allowed 11 hits, nine runs, eight earned runs, walked one, struck out two and allowed one home run.
Third inning: Rangers add two more on a pair of hits, a walk, a couple of stolen bases and a Mariners error. Hernandes near 70 pitches. Rangers, 5-0.
Second inning:A three-run home run into the Mariners bullpen by Leonys Martin has put the Rangers up, 3-0. Texas has five hits on Hernandez already. Mariners have none.
Play ball: Felix Hernandez has launched the first pitch, and we’re under way.
The Mariners have been some good afternoon crowds this season, but this isn’t one of them. Not by first pitch, anyway. Lots of unused green seats amid the yellow shirts of the King’s Court today.
News to come: Manager Eric Wedge says there will be an announcement after the game regarding who will move into the pitching rotation on Friday.
Lineup: The lineups are out for today’s 12:40 p.m. get-away-day game with the Texas Rangers. Game will be televised on Root.
Here is manager Eric Wedge’s thinking:
We’re still trying to settle in with this,” he said. “I knew we were going to play (Gutierrez) two out of thee days. I thought it was better to give him the day game off. Morse has had his struggles, so we’re giving him the day – again, a day-game too. Saunders back in there. Ackley’s been swinging the bat well. I matched up Blanco with (Hernandez) again. We need those guys in the middle to do more. We need those guys in the middle to start producing, getting some big hits for us. But we still need to do it from one through nine.”
The Mariners begin a four-game series at Houston tomorrow.
Ryan is flying out for that one, so I’ll keep the blog going today. Heading down to the clubhouse now, and will return to share whatever notes and quotes pop up.