Regarding Last Night's Game — Texas Rangers

Mike Leake is 3-0 and has allowed just five earned runs since joining the Mariners

Mike Leake is 3-0 and has allowed just five earned runs since joining the Mariners

The Rangers have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 15 games. After Will Middlebrooks entered the game as a pinch-runner, Delino DeShields put down a perfect bunt to the left side and, instead of getting a sacrifice, ended up with a single.

Over the past six days, the Twins have invited the Mariners, Rangers and Angels to take their projected spot in the wild-card game. Seattle dropped its fifth straight and remained four games behind Minnesota.

"Well, look, we've got 11 to play", Banister said.

If asked a question or summoned to do something or if a burning baseball question he has requires an answer, Willie Calhoun will assert himself more. "I can't imagine he'll go 100 pitches". It was the fourth loss in a row.

"A disappointing night, obviously", manager Scott Servais said. Collin McHugh (3-2) allowed one run and five hits with five strikeouts in five innings for Houston.

Servais summoned Rzepczynski for a left-on-left matchup, and Odor grounded out to second. Claudio got six outs for his 10th save. "But we are where we are". "Especially with everything he's dealing with back home". We certainly need him to be on top of his game. "He's just calm, collected and makes pitches". "Being around all the guys is pretty cool, too".

Texas survived a Mariners lineup that chipped away at the lead all night but never mustered the go-ahead hit. Third baseman Kyle Seager then mishandled Elvis Andrus' bouncer, allowing DeShields to score.

The loss meant the Mariners wasted a fine effort by Mike Leake, who gave up one run in 6 2/3 innings before Servais opted not to let him face Rougned Odor with nobody on base. Beltre is able to DH, but not play third base due to his hamstring strain. Andrew Albers relieved and Odor drove a 1-2 pitch to right-center for his 30th home run.

"I've had a lot of fun", Calhoun said. "That was the difference from the first three and the fourth".

Andrew Cashner steps on the mound for Texas tonight.

"That doesn't mean Willie's not going to get opportunities to start and play. I don't think you chase a record as much as you play to get into the playoffs". "That's the only thing you can concern yourself with". "That's the difference. The last two weeks, I haven't been as crisp as usual". Cashner is 6-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 12 starts since July 5. The Mariners have allowed 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games.

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