Game 145: Seattle Mariners (71-73) against Rangers (72-71) at 5:05 p.m. in the second of a four-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.The Mariners kicked off their seven-day, seven-game road trip through the state of Texas with a 5-3 loss to the Rangers on Monday, in which starter Ariel Miranda’s season-ending swoon continued as he failed to make it out of the second inning.
The Mariners have lost two in a row, are 5-5 in their last 10 games and 3 1/2 games behind Minnesota out of the second wildcard spot with 17 games to play.
Texas is 6-4 in its last 10 games and two games out of the wildcard.
Lineups and starters
- DH Nelson Cruz’s 107 RBI lead the American League while ranking fifth in the Majors. Cruz is one RBI shy of equaling his career-high of 108 RBI, set in 2014 with Baltimore. He is also one walk shy of equaling his career-high 62 walks, set last season.
- 2B Robinson Canó is one home run shy of reaching 300 home runs for his career. When Canó reaches the 300-home run plateau, he will become the 16th player in Major League history to record a career batting average of .300 or better while collecting at least 1,000 runs, 2,000 hits, 500 doubles, 300 home runs and 1,000 RBI.
- OF Mitch Haniger is batting .463 (19 for 41) with three home runs and eight RBIs in 10 games in September. Haniger has hit safely in 10 of last 11 games, including seven multihit games and four games with multiple extra-base hits.
This Day in Mariners History
In 1996, the Mariners began the day nine games behind Texas in the A.L. West standings. Mark Whiten’s three-run HR was the big blow in an 8-5 comeback win at Kansas City. The win was the first of a club-record ten straight victories that cut the Rangers lead to one game.