He would have likely gotten a third if not for the bullpen giving up the lead in his first start.
The whole series against the Rangers has changed the outlook of the Mariners' season.
Seattle Mariners' Taylor Motter hits a three-run home run against the Texas Rangers in the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Seattle.
In addition to hitting the go-ahead, eventual game winning nearly homer on Friday, Haniger hit a three-run bomb against Cole Hamels to turn a 6-1 potential laugher into an actual 6-4 contest.
"A lot went into today's win", said Seattle manager Scott Servais, who watched the exciting conclusion from the clubhouse after he was ejected at the end of the sixth inning.
Trailing 7-6 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, the Mariners rallied without getting the ball out of the infield.
After a leadoff single in the seventh, Dyson stole second, narrowly beating the throw from catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Jarrod Dyson stole second and took third when Leonys Martin reached on a bunt single that the pitcher fielded only to find no one covering third. Shortstop Elvis Andrus snagged the ball with a dive, but his off-balance glove flip to second was offline as Freeman scored.
"When you don't let a ball out of the infield. I thought I had an out at third, I don't know what the hell I was doing, maybe I screwed it up and that's my fault". "I got the ball on the ground, and once again I flubbed it up. You'd think so after four outings like that".
Hernandez pitched 7 1/3 strong innings and Mitch Haniger settled for a tiebreaking RBI single instead of an apparent home run to lead the Seattle Mariners in a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.
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Hisashi Iwakuma was not as effective on Sunday.
The Texas Rangers couldn't muster a hit against James Paxton for 5 1/3 innings on Saturday at Safeco Field. Iwakuma yielded six runs on seven hits. Shin-Soo Choo was out at first. However, the Rangers got scoreless thirds from Alex Claudio and Jeremy Jeffress. These will be tough games to end the month of April for the Seattle Mariners, but it also gives the team a good chance to bounce back from that rough 2-8 start to the year.
Choo tormented his former organization to the tune of five RBIs.
Haniger blasted a three-run shot to left field off Cole Hamels in the third inning, and suddenly it was 6-4. Hamels exited after five innings with a 6-4 lead.
It appears Haniger has designs on joining a dubious list every day marginal players like Paul Sorrento, Peter Bourjos, and Sweeney (Vladdy, Salmon and Seager don't really count since they were/are legit all-star types) who anecdotally seemed to raise their game when playing Texas. Danny Valencia doubled two batters later to bring him home.
Once the Mariners finished the comeback to tie it at six apiece, Hangier absolutely robbed Joey Gallo of a go-ahead two-run blast in the top of the eighth.
The Rangers threatened in the ninth after Diaz struck out the first two batters he faced. Dyson's ERA rose to 27.00.
"It was a little different than what he's shown this season", Texas manager Jeff Banister said. "It was get us back in the dugout and keep them off the board". You can look at it a number of different ways.
Nelson Cruz and Mike Zunino laced a pair of doubles down third-base line in the second and third innings but were both stranded, continuing Seattle's problems hitting with men in scoring position. Robinson Cano hit into a forceout, and Cruz hit a sharp grounder up the middle.