When you can’t score, you can’t win, and the Rangers learned that the hard way.
They were shut out 4-0 to drop the first game of the series with the Seattle Mariners and the nine-game home stand. 

Seattle got off to a quick start. In the first, Cal Raleigh continued his career success against the Rangers by launching a two-run home run off Dane Dunning.

Julio Rodriguez would get his first home run of the season in the third inning off Dunning; it was Seattle’s second two-run shot of the night and put the Mariners up 4-0. 

Dane Dunning would leave the game in the fifth with Mariners on first and second before Jose Urena came in and walked the first batter he faced before getting a huge double play ball to strand the bases loaded and keep the Rangers in the game. 

A similar situation would arise in the seventh when the Mariners had a chance to put the game away after a single and an error forced new Rangers pitcher Jacob Latz into a tough spot. With runners on the corners and one out, Latz would strike out both Julio Rodriguez and Cal Raleigh to once again help the Rangers stay alive. 

No matter how many close situations you get out of, it’s all for nothing if you can’t put runs on the board, and that is exactly what happened tonight.

The Rangers’ offense was shutout, managing just three hits. 

Texas’ best chance to score came in the 7th when Nathaniel Lowe led off the inning with a double but was stranded on base after Josh Smith, Wyatt Langford, and Jonah Heim made three consecutive outs.

Seattle starter Logan Gilbert was dominant tonight. He went 6.2 innings with six strikeouts, starting the line of four Mariners pitchers who combined to keep the Rangers off the scoresheet. 

“We faced a really good pitcher [Gilbert] tonight, Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said after the game.

“Velocity, cutter, slider, It was all working for him; he’s been tough on a lot of teams; we just couldn’t do a lot in terms of getting guys on base and putting pressure on him. 

The Rangers have now lost six of their last ten games.
Although it is still April, with Seattle’s win, Texas is now out of first place in the AL West for the first time this season.


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