Chi-Chi Gonzalez started slow, allowing 3 runs in the top of the first, and that was enough for Seattle to take care of Texas Tuesday night.
After the Mariners 3-run first, Gonzalez settled down; over the next 5 innings he would surrender two singles, one walk and he hit a batter. He finished the night with a career-high 7 strikeouts. Following the contest, Chi-Chi was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Derek Holland, who starts in tomorrow afternoon's rubber match.
Opposite Hasashi Iwakuma, the Rangers offense wasn't able to muster much. Rougned Odor went 2-3 to account for 40% of Texas's hit total, which included his 9th HR of the season. It speaks to just how hopeless Roogie's first 100 or so plate appearances were to start the year, as heading into Tuesday's contest he was hitting .337/.373/.549 (148 wRC+) since his recall on June 15th, bringing his season triple slash line up to .280/.337/.462 (115 wRC+).
Tonight's loss snaps Texas's 8-game home winning streak, and 5-game winning streak overall. For the first time in what feels like a long time (even though it's been, like, a week), the Rangers lose ground to the Astros and Angels, both winners on Tuesday.