Take from veterans Carlos Gomez and Adrian Beltre: The Texas Rangers are playing well right now and could be a wild-card team if they keep it up the final 10 games (video by Jeff Wilson). Jeff Wilson jwilson@star-telegram.com
Take from veterans Carlos Gomez and Adrian Beltre: The Texas Rangers are playing well right now and could be a wild-card team if they keep it up the final 10 games (video by Jeff Wilson). Jeff Wilson jwilson@star-telegram.com

Texas Rangers

Hamels delivers gem as Rangers sweep Mariners

September 21, 2017 11:55 PM

SEATTLE

Cole Hamels took a shutout into the seventh inning Thursday night, and Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo connected for solo homers as the Texas Rangers completed a three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners with a 4-2 victory.

Carlos Gomez was credited with a two-out double in the first inning on a one-hop smash that caromed off Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager. Hamels (11-4) took that lead and didn’t relinquish it, as he allowed one run on three hits in eight innings and struck out a season-high eight.

Beltre’s homer in the sixth was his first since coming off the disabled list last week. Choo hit his 20th homer of the season a night after he was robbed of a grand slam.  

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Cole Hamels pitched like an ace Thursday, allowing one run on three hits in eight innings as the Texas Rangers completed a sweep of the Seattle Mariners (video by Jeff Wilson). Jeff Wilsonjwilson@star-telegram.com

How Rangers hitters fared: They did enough to win, and that’s good enough these days. ... They had four of their seven hits in the first inning, and the fourth was a Carlos Gomez one-hopper that hit off Kyle Seager and turned into a two-out two-run double. ... Adrian Beltre connected for his 17th homer of the season to open the sixth, and Shin-Soo Choo hit No. 20 with two outs in the seventh. 

Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister watched Thursday night as Cole Hamels allowed one run over eight innings, saving the bullpen, in a 4-2 victory (video by Jeff Wilson). Jeff Wilsonjwilson@star-telegram.com

How Rangers pitchers fared: It was a big game, so it shouldn’t be a shock that Cole Hamels showed up. ... The left-hander allowed only three hits in eight innings, one of which was a solo homer by Nelson Cruz. ... Hamels didn’t allow a hit until there were two outs in the third, and Cruz’s homer came with one out in the seventh. ... Hamels walked two and struck out a season-high eight. ... Keone Kela allowed a one-out solo homer to Robinson Cano in the ninth, but registered his second save of the season.

AL wild-card standings

Team

Games back

x-NY Yankees

+6.5

x-Minnesota

Texas

2.5

LA Angels

2.5

Kansas City

3.5

Seattle

5

Tampa Bay

5

Baltimore

5.5

Note: Top two teams, marked with x, would make the playoffs if season ended today.

Texas

200

001

100

4

7

0

Seattle

000

000

101

2

4

1

Texas AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

DeShields lf

4

0

0

0

1

2

.275

Choo rf

4

2

2

1

0

1

.264

Andrus ss

4

1

1

0

0

0

.301

Beltre dh

4

1

2

1

0

1

.314

Gallo 1b

4

0

0

0

0

4

.208

Gomez cf

3

0

2

2

1

0

.256

Chirinos c

4

0

0

0

0

2

.257

Odor 2b

4

0

0

0

0

1

.208

Middlebrooks 3b

4

0

0

0

0

2

.185

Totals 35

4

7

4

2

13

Seattle AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Segura ss

4

0

2

0

0

1

.298

Haniger rf

4

0

0

0

0

1

.273

Cano 2b

4

1

1

1

0

1

.284

Cruz dh

3

1

1

1

1

1

.286

Seager 3b

3

0

0

0

1

0

.251

Valencia 1b

3

0

0

0

0

1

.257

Zunino c

3

0

0

0

0

1

.246

Heredia cf

3

0

0

0

0

2

.255

Gamel lf

3

0

0

0

0

0

.278

Totals 30

2

4

2

2

8

E—Seager (14). LOB—Texas 6, Seattle 3. 2B—Gomez (22). HR—Beltre (17), off Altavilla; Choo (20), off Pagan; Cruz (35), off Hamels; Cano (22), off Kela. RBIs—Choo (75), Beltre (70), Gomez 2 (51), Cano (93), Cruz (112). CS—Segura (8). Runners left in scoring position—Texas 4 (Beltre, Chirinos 2, Middlebrooks); Seattle 1 (Zunino). RISP—Texas 2 for 6; Seattle 0 for 2. Runners moved up—Seager.

Texas

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

NP

ERA

Hamels, W 11-4

8

3

1

1

2

8

108

3.80

Kela, S 2-3

1

1

1

1

0

0

12

2.95

Seattle

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

NP

ERA

Paxton, L 12-5

3 2/3

4

2

2

2

4

73

3.03

Altavilla

2

2

1

1

0

4

37

4.43

Rzepczynski

 1/3

0

0

0

0

0

3

3.77

Pagan

1

1

1

1

0

3

21

3.52

Garton

2

0

0

0

0

2

23

5.60

Inherited runners-scored—Altavilla 1-0, Rzepczynski 1-0. WP—Altavilla. PB—Zunino (10). Umpires—Home, Will Little; First, Tim Timmons; Second, James Hoye; Third, Jeff Kellogg. T—2:45. A—14,849 (47,476).