Pedro Payano pitched five strong innings to earn his first major-league victory as the Texas Rangers snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 7-2 win against the host Mariners on Tuesday night.
Rougned Odor homered twice and Shin-Soo Choo and Nomar Mazara also went deep for the Rangers.
The M’s lost for the 16th time in their past 20 games and failed in their bid to win consecutive games for the first time since June 25-26.
Payano, a 24-year-old right-hander recalled from the minor leagues earlier in the day, entered in the second inning after left-hander Brett Martin, serving as the opener, allowed a run in the first.
Payano (1-0) allowed one run on three hits, walked one and struck out seven.
Mariners left-hander Tommy Milone (1-5) allowed six runs on nine hits in six innings, with no walks and five strikeouts.
The Rangers’ Mazara led off the third inning with a home run into the upper deck in right field, only the fourth player to accomplish that feat in a game, joining Mo Vaughn, Carlos Delgado and the Mariners’ Daniel Vogelbach. Mazara’s homer was estimated at 458 feet. … Choo, who started his career with the M’s, hit the game’s first pitch for a home run. … The M’s placed 2B Dee Grodon on the 10-day injured list with a strained left quadriceps. IF Tim Lopes had his contract selected from Triple-A Tacoma and RHP Parker Markel was designated for assignment. Lopes was batting .302 with 10 home runs and 60 RBIs in 91 games for the Rainiers. … The M’s announced Louis Boyd would manage their Northwest League affiliate in Everett for the rest of the season. Boyd was serving as a player/coach for High-A Modesto. Boyd replaced Jose Moreno, who is no longer with the organization.
By the numbers
37: The number of pitchers used by the Mariners this season after Matt Magill made his Seattle debut in the eighth inning. The major-league record of 40 pitchers in a single season was set by the M’s in 2017.
Our take from Right Field
The M’s got back to their losing ways and OF Domingo Santana left the game after two innings with right elbow soreness after trying to throw out runners on the basepaths.
The M’s conclude their three-game series with the Texas Rangers at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday at T-Mobile Park. RHP Mike Leake (8-8, 4.27 ERA) is scheduled to face Rangers LHP Mike Minor (7-5, 2.86).
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