Seattle’s offense banged out 15 hits, scored a combined seven runs in the second and third inning off Rangers starter Miguel Gonzalez and provided enough run support for their starter, Marco Gonzales, to pick up his first win as a Mariner.

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ARLINGTON, Texas — After having just two players provide all of the run support in a loss Monday, the Mariners offense came to life with all but one player in the batting order contributing to the run production in a decisive 10-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

Seattle’s offense banged out 15 hits, scored a combined seven runs in the second and third inning off Rangers starter Miguel Gonzalez and provided enough run support for their starter, Marco Gonzales, to pick up his first win as a Mariner.

“Our offense woke up today,” manager Scott Servais said. “I thought we were on their Gonzalez from the get-go. That’s what it’s going to take, up and down our lineup, we have to start having more consistent at-bats.”

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The Mariners probably could have hung 15 on the Rangers, considering they were 5 for 12 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine base runners. But after mustering just three runs in each of the previous two games, this was a welcome change for them.

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“Our pitchers have been throwing the ball really well and we haven’t been quite able to get over the hump,” said Kyle Seager of the offense. “It’s nice to get a bunch of runs early and let everything settle down.”

The Mariners had dropped two straight games, but the win moved them to 72-73 and kept them 3½ games behind in the American League wild-card standings with the Minnesota Twins blowing out the Padres.

Ben Gamel (ninth of the season) and Seager (24th) each smacked three-run homers in the big burst of runs and the Mariners tacked on runs in the later innings, something they haven’t been adept at this season.

For Seager, the homer was the 150th of his career. Seager, who turns 30 in November, became just the third player in franchise history to reach 150 career homers before turning 30. Only Ken Griffey (398) and Alex Rodriguez (189) had done so for Seattle.

“Those are good names to be associated with, but I think they might have been slightly younger when they hit their 150th,” Seager joked. “I think that’s a possibility. But that’s still a cool stat to be included with.”

To be fair, Seager was not considered a home run hitter in college or even in the minor leagues. The addition of some power has been added at the big league level out of necessity.

“It’s something I had to adapt to survive, basically,” he said. “I was more of a gap-to-gap guy in college and in the minors as well. For me to stick in the big leagues, for me to be an everyday third baseman, I needed to hit for a little bit more power. It was something I needed to stick and stay around here.”

Gamel and Robinson Cano each had three hits. Cano had two doubles and missed his 300th career homer by inches. Mitch Haniger also continued his torrid stretch with two hits. He has hits in 11 of his past 12 games with eight multi-hit games. He’s batting .480 (24 for 50) over that stretch with 10 runs, four doubles, four homers and 11 RBI.

Gonzales pitched five complete innings for the first time in seven starts with Seattle, allowing three runs on eight hits with a walk and six strikeouts. Pitching from the stretch the entire time, Gonzales was moderately effective, but not dominant.

“I really have to credit the offense tonight, it was all them,” he said. “That early lead was huge and I just tried to keep us in the game and keep putting up zeros and limit the damage.”

After being handed the 4-0 lead in the second inning, highlighted by Gamel’s three-run homer to right, Gonzales gave up hits to three of the first four batters he faced in the bottom half of the inning to allow a run to score. But a 3-6-1 double play helped squash the rally.

When his teammates extended the lead to 7-1 in the third inning on Seager’s three-run blast, Gonzales gave back two runs in the bottom of the inning.

But he didn’t allow a home run in a place that gives them up quickly and against team capable of hitting them in bunches.

“It was huge,” he said. “More than anything, it was just getting ahead.”

AL wild-card race
Team W-L GB
N.Y. Yankees 78-66 +3
Minnesota 75-69
L.A. Angels 73-70 1.5
Texas 72-72 2
Kansas City 72-72 3
Seattle 72-73 3.5
Tampa Bay 72-74 4
Baltimore 71-74 4.5