Seattle Mariners

Nuno ends winless drought as Mariners top Rangers 6-0

Kyle Seager watches his two-run home run off Rangers starter Martin Perez in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game at Safeco Field. The Mariners beat Texas 6-0.
Kyle Seager watches his two-run home run off Rangers starter Martin Perez in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game at Safeco Field. The Mariners beat Texas 6-0. Associated Press

The winless drought ended Wednesday night for lefty swingman Vidal Nuno. And it ended in a dominant performance.

Nuno limited Texas to one hit over seven shutout innings before the Mariners closed out a 6-0 victory at Safeco Field.

The Mariners backed Nuno with a nine-hit attack that included two-run homers by Kyle Seager and Mark Trumbo against Texas starter Martin Perez.

Seager and Trumbo each finished with four hits. The Mariners’ only other hit was a single by Robinson Cano.

Former Southridge star Shawn O’Malley was 0 for 2 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored.

But this night belonged to Nuno, who entered the game at 0-11 over his last 44 appearances — including 0-10 in 20 starts. His last victory was June 27, 2014 against Boston while pitching for the New York Yankees.

The drought covered all 17 of Nuno’s appearances (14 starts) at Arizona and his previous 26 outings (five starts) after coming to the Mariners in a June 3 trade.

Nuno (1-2) was at 47 pitches through two innings, but he needed hist 59 pitches over the next five innings. He finished with a career-high 10 strikeouts while walking two and permitting just one hit.

That one hit was clean: Prince Fielder lined a two-out single into center in the first inning. Nuno set down the last 14 batters he faced.

Danny Farquhar and Carson Smith completed the one-hit shutout.

The Mariners loaded the bases with one out in the first inning on successive singles by Kyle Seager, Mark Trumbo and Robinson Cano — but still needed a break to score.

Jesus Montero hit a room-service grounder to second baseman Rougned Odor, which should have been a double play. But Odor mishandled the ball, and the Rangers settled for a force at second. Seager scored.

The singles by Seager and Trumbo also extended hitting streaks. Seager is up to 12 games, while Trumbo matched a career high at 11 games. It was just the start for both.

Nuno held the lead by pitching around two walks in the Texas second, which was the only time the Rangers had more than one runner on base.

The Mariners pushed their lead to 3-0 in the third when, after Seager pushed a one-out single into center, Trumbo sent a 408-foot bomb to left for his 12th homer with the Mariners and his 21st overall.

Seager made it 5-0 in the fifth with another two-run homer after Ketel Marte drew a one-out walk. Seager’s homer was his 23rd of the year and came on a 1-2 change-up.

It was also his 11th homer of the season against a left-handed pitcher — the most in the league.

Mariners 6, Rangers 0

Texasab

r

h

bi

Seattleab

r

h

bi

Stubbs cf

3

0

0

0

KMarte ss

3

1

0

0

Gallo ph-lf

1

0

0

0

KSeagr 3b

4

3

4

2

Choo rf

3

0

0

0

Trumo 1b

4

1

4

3

Fielder dh

4

0

1

0

Morrsn pr-1b

0

0

0

0

Beltre 3b

4

0

0

0

Cano 2b

4

0

1

0

Napoli 1b

3

0

0

0

JMontr dh

4

0

0

1

Andrus ss

2

0

0

0

BMiller lf

3

0

0

0

Alberto ss

0

0

0

0

SRomr rf

1

0

0

0

Odor 2b

3

0

0

0

S.Smith ph-rf

2

0

0

0

Chirins c

1

0

0

0

J.Jones cf

0

0

0

0

Strsrgr lf

2

0

0

0

Baron c

4

0

0

0

Venale ph-cf

1

0

0

0

OMally cf-rf

2

1

0

0

Totals27

0

1

0

Totals31

6

9

6

Texas

000

000

000

0

Seattle

102

020

10x

6

DP—Texas 2. LOB—Texas 5, Seattle 5. HR—K.Seager (23), Trumbo (12). SB—O’Malley (2). S—Andrus.

Texas

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

M.Perez L,2-5

5

7

5

5

3

4

Scheppers

11/3

0

1

1

1

1

S.Freeman

2/3

2

0

0

0

1

L.Jackson

1

0

0

0

0

0

Seattle

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Nuno W,1-2

7

1

0

0

2

10

Farquhar

1

0

0

0

0

2

Ca.Smith

1

0

0

0

0

1

M.Perez pitched to 1 batter in the 6th. HBP—by Nuno (Choo, Chirinos). Umpires—Home, Dan Bellino; First, Bruce Dreckman; Second, Alfonso Marquez; Third, Tom Hallion. T—2:26. A—14,330 (47,574).

Rangers 9, Mariners 6

Late Tuesday

Texasab

r

h

bi

Seattleab

r

h

bi

Venale cf

4

1

2

1

KMarte ss

5

0

0

1

Choo rf

3

1

1

3

KSeagr 3b

4

0

1

1

Fielder dh

4

0

1

0

SRomr rf

3

1

0

0

Alberto pr-dh

0

1

0

0

Cano 2b

4

1

1

2

Beltre 3b

5

0

0

0

Trumo lf

4

1

2

0

Morlnd 1b

5

1

1

1

Morrsn 1b

4

1

1

0

Andrus ss

5

1

0

1

JMontr dh

4

2

2

1

Odor 2b

4

2

1

2

OMally cf

2

0

0

1

Gallo lf

4

2

2

1

Sucre c

3

0

2

0

Stubbs lf

0

0

0

0

BMiller ph

1

0

0

0

Gimenz c

3

0

0

0

Totals37

9

8

9

Totals34

6

9

6

Texas

013

201

011

9

Seattle

001

000

320

6

E—K.Seager (15), T.Walker (4). DP—Texas 1. LOB—Texas 7, Seattle 4. 2B—Venable (2), Morrison (14), Sucre (3). HR—Choo (17), Moreland (19), Odor (12), Gallo (6), Cano (15). SB—Venable (3). SF—O’Malley.

Texas

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Hamels W,3-1

7

8

4

4

1

3

Diekman

0

1

2

2

1

0

Kela H,18

1

0

0

0

0

2

Sh.Tolleson S,31-33

1

0

0

0

0

2

Seattle

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

T.Walker L,10-8

3

6

6

5

0

2

J.Ramirez

2

0

0

0

1

0

Jo.Ramirez

1/3

1

1

1

2

1

Guaipe

12/3

0

0

0

0

2

Zych

1

1

1

1

0

0

Beimel

1/3

0

1

0

1

0

Kensing

2/3

0

0

0

0

1

T.Walker pitched to 2 batters in the 4th. Diekman pitched to 2 batters in the 8th. HBP—by J.Ramirez (Venable), by Jo.Ramirez (Odor). WP—Beimel. Umpires—Home, Tom Hallion; First, Dan Bellino; Second, Bruce Dreckman; Third, Alfonso Marquez. T—3:12. A—13,389 (47,574).

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