ARLINGTON -- The Mariners jumped on the scoreboard early, then weathered a rally by the Rangers to claim an 8-7 win Tuesday at Globe Life Park and earn their fourth consecutive win.
"It's coming together for us," said center fielder Jarrod Dyson, who had two hits, scored two runs, stole the 200th base of his career and made a huge throw to stymie an eighth-inning Rangers threat. "It was a rough start, but it's not how you start, it's how you finish. I think the guys realize how close we are to being in the hunt. We're taking a lot of pride in it and going out there and playing hard."
The teams combined for 24 hits and 15 runs, but Seattle took advantage of three errors by the Rangers to clinch their first series of a nine-game road trip. Five Mariners had multiple hits, including Robinson Cano's two doubles and three RBIs. With his effort, Cano passed Hall of Famer Al Kaline and Torii Hunter on the all-time doubles list, and his 499 total is tied with Rusty Staub for 63rd all-time.
"Robby is starting to swing the bat good again," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "You can see his timing is coming around and he's pulling the ball in the air, which is a great thing, and driving the ball. We've played enough games in this ballpark and know the kind of offense they have that you can't let your guard down, and we stayed after it all night tonight."
Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez, in his first appearance since being re-acquired by the team before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, threw 3 1/3 innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits. The Mariners used six pitchers in all to keep the Rangers at bay and avoid coughing up an early 5-0 lead. The Mariners are a game and a half out in the American League Wild Card race after the Royals lost Tuesday.
Rangers starter Nick Martinez worked 5 1/3 innings in his first start back after being at Triple-A Round Rock for nearly a month, and he was tagged for seven runs on eight hits. Texas clawed back into the game thanks to a two-run homer by Rougned Odor and a pair of homers by Joey Gallo, but couldn't complete the comeback.
"We've been swinging the bat," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "The offense seems like it's in play. The defense, we've got to shore that up."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Martinez's rough welcome: Martinez hadn't started a game in the Majors since June 25. He worked a clean first inning, but the Mariners stung him for five runs on seven hits in the next two innings. Leonys Martin had two hits and a pair of RBIs, Nelson Cruz homered and Cano had the first of his two RBI doubles to pad the Mariners' early lead.
Gallo's homers: Gallo had his third multi-homer game by the sixth inning. Gallo's first home run, a solo shot in the fourth, cut Seattle's lead to 5-3. After the Mariners tacked on three more runs, Gallo crushed a three-run shot in the sixth to bring the Rangers back to within two runs. He has hit five homers in his last eight games.
"That [first] one I definitely got the barrel on," Gallo said. "The second one I hit was more kind of off the end, so I was kind of praying it would get out after getting robbed the other day. I was pretty much blowing that one out."
Right on target: The Mariners had nearly let the lead slip through their grasp when Shin-Soo Choo singled in the eighth for his third hit of the game, and Delino DeShields entered as a pinch-runner. Nomar Mazara laced a single into center and DeShields tried to take third on the hit, but Dyson threw him out with a pinpoint throw to Kyle Seager at third, ending the inning and getting Seattle out of trouble. That gave Dyson nine assists, tied with Melky Cabrera and Billy Hamilton for most in the Majors.
"The baserunning mistake, for me, that's probably the tough one," Banister said. "I know Delino, he's trying to make a play. Looked like he might've slowed up at second base and tried to recapture some speed to get there. We can't get thrown out in that situation. Not with our best hitter [Adrian Beltre] coming up."
"The play of the game," said Servais. "Dyson made a great throw, and the pick and tag Seager threw on DeShields was awesome. That's tough to do. That was a big point in the game, and you have to make a big play to help out our pitching once in a while, and we did that tonight."
"That was an unbelievable throw by Dyson and a huge play in the game. If he throws it off a little bit, you don't know what happens after that." -- Seager, on Dyson's throw
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Cruz's 404-foot home run in the second was a laser shot, with a 113.2-mph exit velocity, per Statcast™. That made it the second-hardest-hit homer of the year for the Mariners. Cruz also has the hardest-hit home run this season at 113.6 mph and now has 10 of Seattle's 12 homers of at least 113 mph since 2015.
WHAT'S NEXT Mariners:Ariel Miranda (7-4, 4.31 ERA) starts Wednesday's 5:05 p.m. PT series finale as the lefty looks to snap a string of four straight no-decisions. He did record a career-high 10 strikeouts in six innings in his last outing against the Mets.
Rangers: Right-hander Andrew Cashner (6-8, 3.48) starts the finale at Globe Life Park at 7:05 p.m. CT on Wednesday. He'll be making his third start against the Mariners this year; he's 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA against them, with both starts coming in Seattle.