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Out of right field: Mayday alert for Mariners starter Marco Gonzales

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales  hands the ball to manager Scott Servais as catcher Omar Narvaez looks on during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday  in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren / AP)
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales hands the ball to manager Scott Servais as catcher Omar Narvaez looks on during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren / AP)
By Gene Warnick The Spokesman-Review

Marco Gonzales set a Mariners franchise record by winning five games by the end of April.

May hasn’t been so kind.

Gonzales lasted just four-plus innings Tuesday in an 11-4 loss to the visiting Texas Rangers. The left-hander out of Gonzaga allowed eight runs (six earned) on eight hits, with no walks and four strikeouts.

Gonzales dropped to 0-5 this month with a 5.86 ERA.

Nomar Mazara and Ronald Guzman homered for the Rangers, who scored in double digits for the third time in six games third time this season at T-Mobile Park. Texas defeated the M’s 15-1 and 14-1 on April 27-28.

Rangers right-hander Adrian Sampson, who came on in the second inning after opener Jesse Chavez struck out the side in the first, pitched five innings for the victory. Sampson, a Seattle native who attended Skyline High School and Bellevue Community College and made his major league debut with the M’s in 2016, allowed three runs on eight hits, with one walk and six strikeouts.

Guzman’s three-run shot into the restaurant in the second deck in right-center field in the fifth capped a seven-run inning and gave the Rangers an 11-0 lead.

Mallex Smith hit a two-run double to get the Mariners on the board in the bottom of the fifth. J.P. Crawford had an RBI single an inning later and Shed Long did the same in the eighth.

Of note

SS J.P. Crawford left the game in the eighth after rolling his left ankle while trying to scramble back to third base after teammate Mallex Smith was caught in a rundown between second and third. .. OF Jarred Kelenic, the M’s top prospect among position players, was promoted from low-A West Virginia to high-A Modesto of the California League. … The M’s placed a traffic cone and some yellow police tape on the seat in the upper deck that Daniel Vogelbach hit with a home run Monday night. Vogelbach was the third player to reach the upper deck in a game, following Anaheim’s Mo Vaughn (1997) and Toronto’s Carlos Delgado (2001). … Smith not only tied a franchise record with four stolen bases in Monday’s game, but he became the 10th player in MLB history to steal second, third and home in the same inning when he did it in the eighth. 2B Dee Gordon accomplished the feat in 2011 while playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

By the numbers

12: The number of hits by the M’s on Tuesday night, one more than the Rangers’ total.

Our take from Right Field

It might be time to put Gonzales on the Yusei Kikuchi plan and schedule an abbreviated start once every four or five appearances. It was the third time in six May starts he’s failed to go six innings. Let’s face it, the M’s have nothing to lose.

Up next

The teams wrap up a three-game series at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday at T-Mobile Park. LHP Wade LeBlanc (2-2, 7.33 ERA) is scheduled to face Rangers LHP Drew Smyly (1-3, 6.15).

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