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Game Of The Week: Adrian Beltre Leads Rangers To 7-3 Win To Keep Division Lead

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The battle for the top spot in the American League West division was in full force Friday night as the Texas Rangers hosted the Seattle Mariners in the first game of the three game series with both teams tied for first place in the division.

The Rangers wasted no time as they took an early lead in the bottom of the first with a three-run homer by Adrian Beltre off of Seattle’s Taijuan Walker (ERA 3.94) who allowed three homers in his last outing. This was just the start for Beltre as his bat stayed hot throughout the night. Texas starter Yu Darvish (ERA 3.38) cruised through the first two innings in just his second start since returning from Tommy John Surgery but allowed a run by the Mariners in the top of the third when Seth Smith hit a sac fly to send home Steve Clevenger for a 3-1 ballgame.

In the bottom of the third Adrian Beltre hit a two run double on a line drive to center field to make it a 5-1 Texas Rangers’ lead. In the bottom of the fourth, Jurickson Profar helped tack another run on the board for the Rangers with a solo homerun, his second of the season, on a fly ball to right field to make it 6-1.

In the top of the fifth, Luis Sardinas grounded out to send home Dae-Ho Lee to make it 6-2. In the top of the sixth, the Mariners were able to tag another run off of Darvish with a RBI single by Kyle Seager with Robinson Cano in scoring position.

But, Texas had another run in them as rookie Nomar Mazara, who has been making a name for himself since being promoted to the Major Leagues, hit a RBI single on a line drive to right sending Profar home to make it 7-3.

Walker went five innings before being chased by the Rangers, allowing six runs on nine hits; walking four and striking out twice.  The righty suffered another loss as he not only struggles on the mound but also doesn’t get the necessary run support from his offense as other members of the Seattle rotation get; he falls to 2-6.

Darvish went five and two-third innings allowing three runs on six hits; walking one while striking out five batters, a solid outing for the right-hander as he continues to get stronger in his comeback. as he advances to 2-0.

With this win, the Texas Rangers now have a one game lead over the Seattle Mariners with two more games in this series and many more months of baseball yet to play. And, one must remember that the Rangers did make a second half of the season comeback in 2015 and made a playoff run so really, the AL West is still up for grabs.

Top Stats:

Seattle Mariners

Kyle Seager: 2 for 4; RBI

Robinson Cano: 1 for 4; R

Dae-Ho Lee: 2 for 4; R

Steve Clevenger: 2 for 4: R

Luis Sardinas: 1 for 3; RBI

Texas Rangers-

Ian Desmond: 4 for 5; 2 R; DBL

Jurickson Profar: 2 for 5; 2 R; RBI; HR

Nomar Mazara: 2 for 3; 2 R; RBI; DBL

Adrian Beltre: 2 for 3; 5 RBIs; R; HR; DBL

 

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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