Sailors return to winning formula, hold off Rangers 4-3
France hit a single in its first two at bats, but it was his solo shot to center field in the fifth inning against starter Glenn Otto that gave the Mariners a 3-1 lead. France have been successful in three of their last five games, including Seattle’s last before the All-Star break when they beat Otto (4-7) in Texas.
Raleigh’s RBI single in the fourth led to France, and the Mariners added another run in the inning when Eugenio Suárez headed home on wild pitch. Carlos Santana added an RBI groundout in the seventh.
Seattle starter Chris Flexen earned his fifth straight decision and extended his streak of three or less runs to 11 straight starts.
Flexen (7-8) pitched six innings, allowing two runs and four hits. He escaped a base-loaded jam in the third with only one run allowed and surrendered Adolis García’s 18th homer on the first pitch of the sixth.
Mariners reliever Diego Castillo was in trouble in the ninth. Nathaniel Lowe started with his 14th home run. Leody Taveras followed with a single and Kole Calhoun walked. Castillo took out Ezequiel Duran before Swanson pulled out Josh Smith and Marcus Semien for his second save.
Otto has allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings but hasn’t had a win since beating the Mariners on June 4.
Rangers: RHP Dane Dunning is expected to be activated from the injured list to start on Tuesday. Dunning has been out since July 11 with a right ankle injury.
Mariners: Manager Scott Servais was hoping CF All-Star Julio Rodríguez (wrist) would be back in the lineup on Tuesday. Rodríguez was expected to increase his baseball activity and swing before Monday’s game to see how the wrist responds. … LF Jesse Winker was out of the lineup after spraining his right ankle in Sunday’s loss to Houston. The sprain is not considered serious and Winker should be back in a few days. … DE Mitch Haniger (ankle) will have his rehab assignment transferred to Triple-A Tacoma starting Tuesday. Haniger played last weekend for Class A Everett. He’s been out since late April and said he still needs a lot more at-bats before he’s ready to join the major league club. “I think I just need quantity right now. I’m just playing,” Haniger said. “I can’t tell you when that will be.”
Rangers: Dunning (1-6, 4.42 ERA) will make his first start since July 10. He lasted just 2 1/3 innings and allowed four runs against Minnesota before landing on the disabled list. He is winless in his last 13 starts.
Mariners: RHP George Kirby (2-3, 3.78) will make his first start since July 8. The rookie was optioned to the minors before the all-star break in an attempt to control his innings.
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