Texas was swept in a three-game series by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays over the weekend, losing the finale 6-3 on Sunday. The Rangers went 1-12 on their season-high 13-game trip, the most losses on a road trip in team history.
Texas now begins a 10-game stretch at home, where it is 31-27.
“It’s been a hard road trip, and it obviously hasn’t been very fruitful for us,” said manager Buck Showalter, whose team is a season-worst nine games under .500. “Everybody goes through struggles. This is a tough time for us. We’re not having it right now and we want to get home.”
Catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. was hit near the knee by a pitch in the second and left one inning later. X-rays were negative. His status for Tuesday’s game is uncertain.
“Obviously, it’s not fun when you’re not winning but that’s the case with any organization,” he said. “Right now it’s just a tough adjustment so far, just going out and playing baseball.”
Seattle, in last place in the AL West, is four games behind third-place Texas.
“Moving past Texas would be a good goal for us,” Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said. “Realistically, there’s no way we can put ourselves into the race for the division lead or for the wild card, so moving up would be good for us. Any improvement is always good for pride.”
Seattle lost 8-3 to Minnesota on Sunday and dropped three of four in the series. Raul Ibanez hit his 16th home run for the Mariners.