Seattle pitchers allowed just one hit but issued six walks. Add two costly errors by the defense, and the result is a 3-2 loss to the Texas Rangers. It was the Mariners’ first opening-day loss since 2006.

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ARLINGTON, Texas — If you are going to endure a disappointing loss in your new manager’s first game and snap a nine-year opening-day win streak, doing so in a historically dubious way might seem like an unnecessary kick to the stomach.

The record-keeping services — Stats Inc. and Elias Sports Bureau — have only so much data for reference. But this much is certain: The Mariners allowed one hit to the Texas Rangers but lost 3-2, and that just doesn’t happen often in baseball, particularly in games to start the season.

Stats Inc. confirmed that no team since 1913 — as far back as its records go — had allowed just one hit on opening day and lost. It’s also as far as Baseball Reference.com’s opening-day stats date. According to Elias, the Rangers are the first team since at least 1900 to muster one hit on opening day and win.

Weird and wild

1  Rangers hits. First time since at least 1900 that a team had one hit on opening day and won

5  Walks issued by Felix, including three in the Rangers’ three-run fifth.

2  Mariners errors, which led to two unearned runs

In a 162-game season, it’s only one defeat. But in the moments afterward, it was disappointing.

“That’s a tough one to start with, no doubt,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “We just had the one bad inning.”

Think about this: The teams combined for five hits. Seattle had four, including two home runs. The Rangers’ lone hit came off starter Felix Hernandez. It was a bloop single off the end of the bat that maybe traveled 150 feet.

Perhaps third baseman Kyle Seager, who hit one of those two home runs, summed it up best: “If Felix is pitching and he gives up one hit, we should win that game.”

If a few things happen differently in the fifth, including an error by Seager, maybe the M’s win.

Given a 2-0 lead, Hernandez worked through the first four innings without allowing a hit. But his shaky command became an issue in the fifth.

Hernandez allowed an uncharacteristic leadoff walk to Rougned Odor, who promptly stole second base. Elvis Andrus then bounced an easy, high hopper to Seager. But the former Gold Glove winner misplayed it and appeared to be thinking about tagging out Odor, who was running toward him.

“I saw (Odor) coming, and I took my eyes off the ball too soon,” Seager said. “I was trying to make a play on him, and I didn’t catch it first. I heard them talking to me, telling me he was coming. I looked over, and I saw him before I went back to the ball. I just didn’t stay on the ball long enough to catch it and make a play.”

A bunt by Robinson Chirinos put the runners on second and third with one out. Hernandez then walked Delino DeShields to load the bases and Shin-Soo Choo to force in a run. The Rangers tied the score moments later when Prince Fielder blooped a single — their lone hit — into shallow left field to score Andrus.

Hernandez then coaxed a perfect double-play ball to shortstop, which should have gotten the Mariners out of the inning with the score tied 2-2. But Ketel Marte misplayed the ball, failing to get an out and letting the go-ahead run score.

“I was in good position, and at the last second I lost the ball,” Marte said. “It moved to the right.”

Hernandez ended the 29-pitch inning by striking out Mitch Moreland and Ian Desmond. Two of the three runs were unearned.

“Felix was fine,” Seager said. “But we needed to make plays behind him.”

They were plays that are expected to be made, and the mistakes proved costly.

“Yeah, this is the major leagues,” Servais said. “I think Kyle maybe got a little anxious with the runner coming and thought maybe he could do something there. The double-play ball, it happens. That’s why we play the games. We’re going to be fine.”

Hernandez came back to work a smooth 1-2-3 sixth inning, striking out two and ending his outing with 93 pitches. He allowed the one hit with five walks, a hit batter and six strikeouts.

He heaped plenty of blame on himself.

“Five walks,” said Hernandez, who took the first defeat in his nine opening-day starts. “That’s not good. That’s not me. I was rushing to the plate and opening my front side, and that’s why I was missing a lot of pitches. All game. I don’t remember the last time I had five walks.”

Well it happened twice in 2015, including Sept. 20 at the Rangers. The Mariners won 9-2.

But Monday they weren’t going to score nine runs off Texas starter Cole Hamels. They were fortunate to get the two on solo homers by Seager and Robinson Cano.

With two outs in the top of the first, Cano yanked a line drive into the right-field seats on an 0-1 fastball. MLB statcast had the exit speed of the ball off Cano’s bat at 110 mph.

“I thought it was going to be a double,” he said. “I didn’t think it was going to go out. But good thing it went out.”

Seager led off the second inning by lifting a towering fly ball deep into right-center that landed in the Rangers’ bullpen.

“It was just a fastball,” Seager said. “He missed on the first fastball. Off a guy like him, you kind of have to be aggressive when you get good pitches (to hit), because you don’t get too many of them.”

The early power display was somewhat surprising, because Hamels allowed just two home runs against left-handed hitters last season.

But the Rangers’ ace didn’t allow a run after that. He worked seven innings, giving up just the two runs on four hits with three walks and eight strikeouts.

Opening-day streak ends
The Mariners had won nine consecutive opening-day games before losing Monday, tied for the second-longest streak in MLB history. Here’s how they finished the previous nine seasons:
Year Opening day Final record
2015 Beat Angels 4-1 76-86
2014 Beat Angels 10-3 87-75
2013 Beat A’s 2-0 71-91
2012 Beat A’s 3-1 75-87
2011 Beat A’s 6-2 67-95
2010 Beat A’s 5-3 61-101
2009 Beat Twins 6-1 85-77
2008 Beat Rangers 5-2 61-101
2007 Beat A’s 4-0 88-74