Seattle won its fourth in a row and ninth in 13 games. The Mariners again got strong starting pitching from a staff that has a 2.17 ERA in its last 15 starts. Freddy Garcia held Pittsburgh to two runs in six innings.
“We’re starting to click a little bit,” Mariners second baseman Bret Boone said. “We can’t make up for 2 1/2 months in a week, but the talent here is too good to play like we played early on.”
Garcia is seeing some good signs from a team that remains buried in the AL West basement.
“We know we’ve got a good team,” Garcia said. “We’ve got to get it going and start playing like this, get on a streak and win more games.”
Seattle’s latest surge has moved them within nine games of the .500 mark. The Mariners are nine games behind the first-place Oakland Athletics in the AL West.
The Rangers have won three straight to move within a half-game of Oakland.
After getting swept at Cincinnati, Texas salvaged its six-game road trip by winning three straight against the Florida Marlins.
“We played like garbage in Cincinnati,” Rangers third baseman Hank Blalock said. “It was good to be able to come in here and sweep the world champions.”
Blalock hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning to give the Rangers a 4-2 victory Sunday. His homer bailed out closer Francisco Cordero who blew the save in the ninth.