The Texas Rangers won’t secure their first postseason berth since 2016 for at least another day.
Thursday night’s 3-2 loss to the host Seattle Mariners, Texas’ magic number is now down to one after Aroldis Chapman was unable to record an out in the ninth inning.
On Friday night, the teams will battle again in Seattle. The Rangers are in first place in the AL West with an 89-70 record, two games ahead of the Astros at 87-72, and the Mariners are in third place in the AL West with an 86-73 record, one game behind the Astros for the third and final wild card spot.
Although Chapman entered the game with a one-run lead, he promptly gave up singles to Cal Raleigh and Dylan Moore, walked Ty France, and threw a wild pitch. J.P. Crawford’s two-out double to left scored the tying and winning runs after Jonathan Hernandez relieved Chapman.
The Rangers won thanks to home runs from Leody Taveras and Adolis Garcia and six innings of one-run work from Jordan Montgomery.
Even though Seattle’s Julio Rodriguez hit a home run, it was Crawford who was mobbed by his teammates during an on-field interview after the game.
Before the ninth-inning rally, the Mariners were in danger of slipping two games behind Houston with three to play and little chance of making the playoffs.
Servais said after the last game that Bryan Woo, a rookie right-hander with a 4-5 record and a 4.39 ERA, will pitch on Friday.
On Sunday, Texas defeated Woo and his Rangers 9-8. Woo only lasted 3 1/3 innings and gave up 6 runs (4 earned) on 5 hits (4 home runs). Woo lost his major league debut to the Rangers on June 3, and he is now 0-2 with a 20.25 ERA this season versus them.
Texas will be sending out Nathan Eovaldi (12-4, 3.26 ERA) to start. Despite allowing five runs over five and a half innings, the veteran right-hander beat the Mariners on Sunday for his first victory since July 18. He had been on the injured list for seven weeks due to a right forearm strain.
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- Date: 09/29/2023
- Time: 10:10 PM ET
- Location: T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington.
- How to Watch: Rangers vs Mariners MLB.TV
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