Coming off a sweep, winners in 7 of its last 8, above .500 for the first time since July 4th, after an off day, with Cole Hamels on the mound against the lowly Mariners?
Yeah, this game was kind of a disappointment.
The offense came up with 3 runs on Friday night, and for the most part they were the type of free runs you can only get when you play the Mariners*: temporary backup catcher Bobby Wilson flared a line drive to left, but since Mark Trumbo is the left fielder he couldn't get there -- dive and all -- and suddenly the Rangers had a free 2-0 lead. In the 4th, with men on first and third and two out, Hisashi Iwakuma uncorked a wild pitch to make it 3-1 Rangers.
*Contingent on Felix Hernandez not being the starting pitcher that night.
Texas did have short-lived opportunities in the latter frames. Rougned Odor led off the 8th with a bunt hit, but he got picked off of first; Mitch Moreland led off the 9th with a single, but there was no threat beyond that.
The Mariners got back to back home runs off Cole Hamels in the bottom of the 6th, from Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano, respectively, Seattle took a 4-3 lead and neither team scored from there.