Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers

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AL West-leading Texas Rangers get 7 scoreless innings from Montgomery in 2-0 win over Mariners

Montgomery threw seven scoreless innings for the second time in his last three starts and switch-hitting All-Star catcher Jonah Heim drove in yet another run as the AL West-leading Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 2-0 on Saturday night, extending their division lead after Houston lost again.

“It's fun” Montgomery said. “It's just you and Jonah, and see the mitt. That's when baseball is fun.”

Texas (86-68) won its fourth game in a row, including the first two games in the crucial series that began with the division rivals tied for the American League's third and final wild-card spot. The Rangers took over the AL West lead for the first time in September after winning the opener, and lead by 1 1/2 games after 102-loss Kansas City beat the Astros for the second night in a row.

“Confidence is high and we know each and every game thus far is very important,” Heim said.

Montgomery (10-11), the left-hander acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals at the deadline, struck out six and walked two while scattering five hits. He is 4-2 in his 10 starts for the Rangers.

“He’s been outstanding,” Texas manager Bruce Bochy said. “It was a great effort. We needed it. Their guy was throwing well too. ... A lot of good things happened during that game. But it all starts with Monty.”

Jose Leclerc and Aroldis Chapman finished off the Rangers' 12th shutout this season. Leclerc pitched the eighth and gave up a one-out single in the ninth before the hard-throwing Chapman worked around a walk for his sixth save in 11 chances.

Seattle (84-70) didn't get a runner past second base while being held scoreless for the eighth time this season. The Mariners remained a half-game behind the Astros (85-70), who hold the third wild-card spot.

Mariners starter Logan Gilbert (13-7) allowed two runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings, with two strikeouts and four walks. One of those free passes was intentional, but he had entered the game with a 5.69 strikeout-to-walk ratio that was fifth in the majors. He struck out 10 over 6 2/3 innings in a 2-1 loss to the Rangers in May.

“Baseball, sometimes it’s not always fair. You’ve got to give Montgomery a ton of credit,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I thought Logan threw outstanding, really. Was on top of his game tonight. They hit one ball hard off him, gave up the five hits, but they didn’t strike out. They put the ball in play with two strikes, and they found a few holes. That was kind of the story of the game.”

Gilbert lost for the first time in nine road starts since mid-June.

All-Star slugger Adolis García, in his fifth game back after missing 10 games with a patellar tendon strain in his right knee, scored both runs. He had a one-out double in the second inning before coming home on Mitch Garver's single. In the fourth, Garcia walked with two outs and stole second base before an opposite-field single to left by Heim. It was Heim’s 92nd RBI of the season, and his 15th over his last 11 games.

“We weren’t sure if (Garcia) would be able to play at this time,” Bochy said. “But he’s not only playing, he’s playing at a high level.”


Texas is 7-1 against the Mariners, clinching the season series and tiebreaker, if needed, with five games still to play between them. After the series finale Sunday, they meet again for four games in Seattle to end the regular season. In between, the Rangers play at the Los Angeles Angels and the Mariners host Houston.


Seattle CF Julio Rodriguez took sole possession of the AL lead with his 177th hit, breaking a tie with Rangers leadoff hitter Marcus Semien, who went 0 for 4. Rodriguez had a double in the first inning, but was then thrown out by shortstop Corey Seager when trying to advance to third on an infield grounder. Rodriguez finished 1 for 4, and is hitting .125 (4 for 32) against the Rangers this season.


The Rangers play their regular-season home finale, with All-Star RHP Nathan Eovaldi (11-4, 3.05 ERA) making his fifth start since missing seven weeks with a right forearm strain. Mariners rookie RHP Bryan Woo (4-4, 3.90) allowed six runs in two innings at Texas on June 3, but has a 2.27 ERA and opponents batting average of .186 over his last six starts.

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Matchup Prediction

Rangers: 60.0%
Mariners: 40.0%
*According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index

Scoring Summary

9th Inning Torrens grounded out to shortstop.
9th Inning Torrens hit for Caballero
9th Inning Haggerty flied out to center.
9th Inning Kelenic walked, France to second.
9th Inning Chapman relieved Leclerc
9th Inning Kelenic hit for Moore

1 Games Played 1
1 Team Games Played 1
0 Hit By Pitch 0
12 Ground Balls 16
8 Strikeouts 4
0 Runs Batted In 2
0 Sacrifice Hit 0
6 Hits 7
0 Stolen Bases 1
3 Walks 4
0 Catcher Interference 0
0 Runs 2
0 Ground Into Double Play 1
0 Sacrifice Flies 0
33 At Bats 29
0 Home Runs 0
0 Grand Slam Home Runs 0
14 Runners Left On Base 14
0 Triples 0
0 Game Winning RBIs 1
0 Intentional Walks 1
2 Doubles 2
13 Fly Balls 9
0 Caught Stealing 1
130 Pitches 124
0 Games Started 0
1 Pinch At Bats 0
0 Pinch Hits 0
0.0 Player Rating 0.0
1 Is Qualified 1
0 Is Qualified In Steals 1
8 Total Bases 9
36 Plate Appearances 33
0.0 Projected Home Runs 0.0
2 Extra Base Hits 2
1.9 Runs Created 2.8
.182 Batting Average .241
.000 Pinch Hit Average .000
.242 Slugging Percentage .310
.152 Secondary Average .207
.250 On Base Percentage .333
.492 OBP Pct + SLG Pct .644
0.9 Ground To Fly Ball Ratio 1.8
1.9 Runs Created Per 27 Outs 3.2
10.0 Batter Rating 20.0
0.0 At Bats Per Home Run 0.0
0.00 Stolen Base Percentage 0.50
3.61 Pitches Per Plate Appearance 3.76
.061 Isolated Power .069
0.38 Walk To Strikeout Ratio 1.00
.083 Walks Per Plate Appearance .121
-.030 Secondary Average Minus Batting Average -.034
0.0 Runs Produced 4.0
0.0 Runs Ratio 1.0
0.3 Patience Ratio 0.4
0.2 Balls In Play Average 0.3
65.0 MLB Rating 73.5
0.0 Offensive Wins Above Replacement 0.0
0.0 Wins Above Replacement 0.0

Game Information

Globe Life Field

Location: Arlington, Texas
Attendance: 36,900 | Capacity: 40,000

2023 American League West Standings

Houston 90 72 .556 - W4
Texas 90 72 .556 - L1
Seattle 88 74 .543 2 W1
Los Angeles 73 89 .451 17 W1
Oakland 50 112 .309 40 L1
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