Mariners lose series finale at Texas, face big duel with Kansas City

The Mariners lost 5-1 at Texas, snapping their four-game winning streak and falling to 55-54 on the season. They play a key series against the Royals starting Thursday.

ARLINGTON, Texas — In terms of momentum, either real or perceived, it would have been optimal for the Mariners to put up a third win over the Rangers in as many days at Globe Life Park on Wednesday night.

But it didn’t happen.

Starter Ariel Miranda wasn’t very good on the mound and his teammates weren’t particularly outstanding in the field or at the plate, and the Mariners lost 5-1, snapping their four-game win streak and falling to 55-54 on the season.

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Sure there were moments where the Mariners looked like the team that had played itself into real wild-card contention since the all-star break — the RBI single from Robinson Cano in the first inning and Leonys Martin’s brilliant throw from right field to third base to cut down a stunned Elvis Andrus in the fourth were memorable. But otherwise it was a forgettable performance featuring too many runners stranded on base waiting for a timely hit and too many homers yielded by Miranda.

“It certainly wasn’t the way we wanted to end the series,” manager Scott Servais said. “We’ve played really good the last couple of nights, but home runs hurt us tonight and we just couldn’t get much going offensively. We had some guys on earlier in the game, but we couldn’t get the big hit with runners in scoring position to keep the line moving and put up a big inning.”

There isn’t much time for the Mariners to dwell on their failures. They open a significant four-game series on Thursday at Kaufman Stadium against the Kansas City Royals, who are ahead of them in the wild-card standings.

With a 40-minute rain delay in the bottom of the sixth inning pushing the game later into the night, the Mariners will have a quick turnaround before facing the Royals. Fortunately for Seattle, Kansas City dealt with a similar delay in its road trip finale in Baltimore.

It’s difficult to think of a series in the first week of August as key, but these four games against the Royals — a team that swept Seattle at Safeco Field a month ago — are as important as any played to date.

“They’ve got a good club and they’ve been playing well,” Servais said. “They’ve been through it. They’ve won and gotten deep in the playoffs and have…

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