Kikuchi strikes out 7, Mariners beat Rangers 6-3

first_img First Published: 5th September, 2020 10:14 IST Yusei Kikuchi struck out seven, J.P. Crawford hit a three-run home run and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 6-3 on Friday night.Kikuchi (2-2) matched his season high with six innings of two-hit ball, the only blemish a solo home run by Jose Trevino in the fifth inning. He faced the minimum through four innings to help the Mariners to their third straight win.The Rangers have lost five of six and 15 of 18.It was Seattle’s first game since Monday after Major League Baseball postponed their three-game series with Oakland after Athletics right-hander Daniel Mengden’s positive coronavirus test last weekend.The Rangers sent rookie pitchers Kyle Cody (0-1) and John King to the mound in a piggyback start, and both made crucial mistakes.Cody walked Kyle Seager in the second inning, then threw a pick-off attempt wide to advance him to second. Seager scored on Ty France’s first hit as a Mariner for a 1-0 lead.King hit Seager in the fourth and walked France before Evan White — another rookie — hit a two-run double off the wall in left field for a 3-0 lead.King became the third Rangers prospect this season and the ninth in team history to jump directly from high-A to the major leagues with his debut. Cody, who struck out two and walked two, made the same transition last month. He gave up one hit in three innings.Crawford’s second home run of the season came in the eighth inning and helped the Mariners hold off a late two-run rally in the ninth.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: Valuable utility player Dylan Moore (wrist) returned to the lineup after a stint on the 10-day injured list. One of the hotter Mariners before the injury, he doubled in his return. Seattle optioned utility player Tim Lopes to the alternative training site.UP NEXTRangers: RHP Kyle Gibson (1-4, 6.16) is 0-2 and with 17 earned runs allowed in his last three starts.Mariners: LHP Justus Sheffield (2-3, 4.75) is averaging 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The rookie’s last win came against the Rangers on Aug. 22. Last Updated: 5th September, 2020 10:14 IST Kikuchi Strikes Out 7, Mariners Beat Rangers 6-3 Yusei Kikuchi struck out seven, J.P. Crawford hit a three-run home run and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 6-3 on Friday night. LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE COMMENTcenter_img Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News FOLLOW USlast_img

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