Home runs rescue Rangers against Mariners

Home runs rescue Rangers against Mariners

SEATTLE -- Rougned Odor led off the 11th inning with a home run off of Mariners reliever Mike Montgomery to give the Rangers a 2-1 victory on Saturday night. The first-pitch blast was his third homer run in the last six games.

"First pitch of the inning, fastball away and he got to it. It's frustrating, but that's baseball. That's how it works," Montgomery said. "I was just trying to get ahead with the fastball and it was just one of those situations where he was swinging early and he got to it."

The Rangers trailed 1-0 going into the ninth inning but Prince Fielder tied it up with a two-out home run off of Mariners closer Steve Cishek. More >

"It was a great game...a lot of fun," first baseman Mitch Moreland said. "Good pitching all through the game, defense, big hits. What a way to win a game. Prince stepped up big. Rougned stepped up big."

Both starters were outstanding. Mariners starter James Paxton, in his third start since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma, pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings. He allowed six hits, walked two and struck out seven while throwing 101 pitches.

Paxton's scoreless outing

"I thought Paxton threw the ball very well," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "Worked through a couple jams, had a couple stressful innings. But, he kept battling and did a really nice job to keep us there." More >

Rangers starter Colby Lewis went eight innings and allowed only a fifth-inning home run to Adam Lind. He allowed three hits, did not walk a batter and struck out three for his league-leading 11th quality start.

Lewis' eight strong innings

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

Platoon pays off: Lind, one of seven left-handed hitters in the lineup against Lewis, along with one switch-hitter, was in the lineup although the other first baseman, Dae-Ho Lee, homered twice on Friday. Lind's eighth homer gives the two of them 18 combined. Lee came on to pinch-hit for Lind in the 10th against left-hander Jake Diekman. After Lee was announced, the Rangers brought in right-hander Matt Bush, but Lee still punched a pinch single to right.

Hit runner costs run: The Rangers started the fourth inning with walks to Ian Desmond and Nomar Mazara but then got a bad break. Odor hit a sharp grounder that was headed to right field for a single but hit Mazara as he broke from first base. The ball was dead, Mazara was out, Odor had a single but Desmond had to stay at second base. He likely would have scored but the rally died as Ryan Rua hit into a force play and Prince Fielder struck out.

"That could have been a game-changing play," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said.

Missed grand salami: The Mariners had to the bases loaded with two out in the 10th inning when Ketel Marte launched a drive to deep right-center. It fell a few feet short of a game-winning grand slam as Mazara caught it on the warning track to end the inning. .

Fielder delivers: The Mariners were one strike away from winning. Cishek retired the first two batters in the ninth and went to a full-count on Fielder. But he left a sinker up to Fielder and he crushed it into the right-field seats for a game-tying home run. It was Fielder's fifth home run of the year.

"I was just trying to get a good pitch to hit and not miss it," Fielder said. "Anytime I can help out the team, it means a lot."

Cishek, who battled back to a full count after falling behind 3-0, said he was trying to go up and in on Fielder.

"I know he's been struggling this year, but I know he also has good power," Cishek said. "II just got a little arrogant and tried to stick one in there on him and it cost us the game." More >

Fielder's homer ties the game

UPON FURTHER REVIEW
In the Mariners 11th, Norichika Aoki was forced at second on Shawn O'Malley's attempted sacrifice bunt. Seattle challenged but the call was upheld after a review estimated at 59 seconds.

Moreland throws out Aoki

WHAT'S NEXT
Rangers: Left-hander Cole Hamels pitches against the Mariners at 3:10 p.m. (CT) Sunday at Safeco Field. Hamels is 0-1 with a 4.82 ERA in his last three starts, matching the longest winless streak since he has been with the Rangers.

Mariners: Left-hander Wade Miley bounced back from a horrendous start (9 runs, 12 hits, 4 2/3 innings) to pick up his sixth win his last time out, allowing four hits over seven scoreless innings. In two starts against Texas this season, he has allowed 11 runs in 12 innings.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989 and for MLB.com since 2006.

Jim Hoehn is a contributor for MLB.com based in Seattle. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.