Seattle is on a hot streak, having won five of six series since the All-Star break.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Scoring eight runs in a game should guarantee you a win on almost every occasion. But there is something about playing against the Rangers in Globe Life Park that makes no amount of runs scored a certainty for victory with no lead feeling safe or comfortable.
On Tuesday night, the Mariners needed all eight of their runs scored and one brilliant defensive play from Jarrod Dyson and Kyle Seager in the eighth inning to come away with an 8-7 victory and secure a series win over the Rangers.
“It’s never easy in this ballpark,” said manager Scott Servais. “Nice win, but not an easy one. We knew coming in tonight we’d have to piece it together with the pitching and we had just enough.”
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They didn’t make it easy on themselves. The Mariners held leads of 5-0 in the fourth inning and 8-3 in the sixth inning, and still found themselves trying to escape extra innings or a chance at walk-off misery.
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On a night when a combined 15 runs were scored and 24 hits were banged out, it took a play on defense — the “play of the game” per Servais — to secure a victory for Seattle. It came in the eight inning with Seattle clinging to a one-run lead. With two outs and pinch runner Delino DeShields — representing the tying run — on first base, Nomar Mazara dumped a soft single into center off of Nick Vincent.
DeShields decided to go first to third, hesitating momentarily as he rounded second before returning to full sprint. Dyson knew he couldn’t catch the ball on the fly, so he played it on the hop anticipating a throw to third.
“It was probably one of the in-between plays for him,” Dyson said. “I couldn’t dive for the ball so I had play it off the hop to play it safe. I came up with a good a throw.”
It was fantastic. He threw the ball in probably the one foot area where Seager could catch it and apply a quick tag for the out, which he did. But that wasn’t simple either. The ball short-hopped about six inches in front of Seager’s glove. He caught the ball on the heel of his Rawlings, applied the tag and didn’t lose the ball in the process.
“That was an unbelievable throw by Dyson,” Seager said. “That was a huge play. If he throws it off even a little bit, I…