Odor's grand slam sends Rangers past Mariners 8-6

(TSX / STATS) -- SEATTLE -- Rougned Odor's grand slam capped a seven-run fourth inning, and the Texas Rangers hung on to defeat the Seattle Mariners 8-6 at Safeco Field on Wednesday night.

Texas survived a Mariners lineup that chipped away at the lead all night but never mustered the go-ahead hit. The Rangers (75-76) won their third straight, getting within 2 1/2 games of the Minnesota Twins for the second American League wild-card spot.

Seattle right-hander Felix Hernandez (5-5) was solid early before the wheels came off. The Mariners (74-78) lost their fifth straight -- tying their longest losing streak of the season -- and remained four games behind the Twins.

Texas starter Andrew Cashner (10-10) was workmanlike, pitching six innings and allowing three runs, the fourth quality start in his last five outings. He gave up six hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

Mitch Haniger and Nelson Cruz each hit solo homers for the Mariners -- Haniger's 14th in the third inning and Cruz's 34th in the fourth. Seattle also added a run-scoring double-play grounder from Yonder Alonso in the sixth and a two-run single by Robinson Cano in the seventh.

The Mariners couldn't convert a chance for more with the bases loaded and two out in the seventh as Alonso bounced out harmlessly to first.

Back-to-back doubles by Mike Zunino and Ben Gamel to lead off the eighth cut the Rangers' lead to 8-6.

Hernandez (5-5), making his second start since coming off the disabled list after recovering from bursitis in his pitching shoulder, opened the contest with three perfect innings before getting knocked out in a seven-run fourth.

Two Seattle errors led to Elvis Andrus' RBI fielder's choice and Nomar Mazara's go-ahead two-run single. Odor's grand slam off reliever Andrew Albers -- his 30th home run of the season -- made it 7-1.

Hernandez went 3 1/3 innings, allowing six runs (five earned), two hits and three walks. He struck out four.

Texas' Alex Claudio pitched the last two innings to earn his 10th save.

The Mariners got on the scoreboard first on Haniger's solo homer in the third, just right of the left field foul pole. It broke the ice after Seattle had baserunners in the first two innings but couldn't do anything with them.

The Rangers responded in the fourth by first taking advantage of a pair of Mariner miscues. Delino DeShields led off with a walk -- the first Texas baserunner of the night. Shin-Soo Choo followed with a single to right that Haniger bobbled for an error, allowing DeShields to go to third.

Andrus then hit a grounder to third and Seattle's Kyle Seager muffed it, allowing DeShields to score, tying the game at 1-1.

After Hernandez walked Beltre, Mazara ripped a two-run single to center, giving the Rangers the lead.

Albers replaced Hernandez, but promptly surrendered a grand slam to Odor, who is hitting .209.

NOTES: Rangers DH Adrian Beltre went 1-for-4 as he still nurses a strained hamstring keeping him out of the infield. ... Texas 3B Drew Robinson made his fourth straight start, subbing in the field for Beltre. He is 0-for-8 with seven strikeouts in that span. ... Prior to 2B Rougned Odor's grand slam off Mariners RHP Andrew Albers, Odor's last homer had been a two-run shot against Seattle on Sept. 11 -- also against Albers. ... Mariners manager Scott Servais said injured RHP Tony Zych (elbow) threw a bullpen session Thursday but wasn't optimistic about his return this season. ... Seattle RHP Dan Altavilla missed Wednesday's game, still recovering from taking a line drive off his ankle Saturday. ... The Rangers challenged Odor's tag on C Mike Zunino's double, but the two-bagger stood. The delay was 2 minutes, 2 seconds.


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