Mariners rally, then hold on to win second straight

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April 25 2014 ISN – SEATTLE — The Mariners scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to pull out a 6-5 victory over the Rangers on Friday as Seattle won its second straight at Safeco Field.

Justin Smoak’s two-run, bases-loaded double highlighted the eighth-inning comeback, with Kyle Seager adding an RBI single and Seattle adding an insurance run when Smoak scored on a wild pitch.

Trailing 3-2, Robinson Cano led off the eighth with a single and Corey Hart was hit by a pitch, the fourth Mariner to get plunked on the night by Rangers pitchers.

Stefen Romero then dropped down a perfect bunt that turned into a base hit when third baseman Adrian Beltre couldn’t get off a throw as the ball died in the grass, setting up Smoak’s bases-loaded double for the go-ahead runs.

Reliever Yoervis Medina earned the win after pitching a scoreless eighth and Fernando Rodney closed out the ninth for his fourth save, though he needed Smoak to make a diving catch of an Adrian Beltre line drive that turned into a game-ending double play after walking in two runs with the bases loaded.

Cano went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for the Mariners, who improved to 9-13 with the series-opening win. Seattle is 2-3 on the season against Texas, which fell a game back of Oakland in the American League West at 14-9.

Rookie southpaw Roenis Elias remained 1-2 with a no-decision after allowing three runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings. The 25-year-old Cuban has a 3.54 ERA after his first five Major League starts.

Cano’s two-run double in the fifth tied the game at 2, but the Rangers regained the lead with a run in the sixth when reliever Dominic Leone unleashed a wild pitch that allowed Prince Fielder to score from third.

That run was charged to Elias, who’d given up a single to Fielder and double to Alex Rios before being replaced by Leone with two out.

The Rangers nicked Elias for a run in the third when J.P. Arencibia doubled to right, was sacrificed to third and scored on a wild pitch that just eluded catcher Mike Zunino.

Beltre, in his first game off the 15-day disabled list with a sore hamstring, ripped an RBI double to center in the fourth for a 2-0 lead. Elias walked three in that frame to get into a one-out bases-loaded jam, but struck out Arencibia and Leonys Martin to minimize the damage.

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