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Ty France belts winning homer as Seattle Mariners edge Texas Rangers in 11

Aug 19, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Seattle Mariners designated hitter Mitch Haniger (17) celebrates hitting a three run home run against the Texas Rangers during the second inning at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 19, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Seattle Mariners designated hitter Mitch Haniger (17) celebrates hitting a three run home run against the Texas Rangers during the second inning at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Ty France hit a two-run homer with one out in the top of the 11th inning as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Texas Rangers 9-8 Thursday afternoon in Arlington, Texas.

The Rangers, who rallied from a five-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, scored once in the bottom of the 11th on Brock Holt’s two-out single, but Andy Ibanez flied out to deep center field for the game’s final out.

Mitch Haniger added a three-run homer for the Mariners, who swept the three-game series with their American League West rivals.

Seattle built a 6-0 lead before the Rangers rallied, scoring once each in the fifth and sixth innings before a five-run ninth, capped by Jason Martin’s three-run homer off right-hander Diego Castillo with two outs to tie the score at 7-7.

Adolis Garcia also homered for Texas.

Joe Smith (2-1) pitched a scoreless 10th for the victory and fellow right-hander Paul Sewald worked the 11th for his sixth save of the season.

Rangers right-hander Joe Barlow (0-1) took the loss.

The Mariners jumped out to an early lead as J.P. Crawford and Haniger led off the first with singles. Kyle Seager lined a run-scoring double to right and Haniger scored on France’s groundout.

In the second, Haniger hit a three-run shot after a Jake Bauers single and a walk to Crawford.

Seattle extended the lead to 6-0 in the third off right-hander Drew Anderson. France led off with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch and Abraham Toro lined a run-scoring single to right.

The Rangers finally broke through in the fifth. DJ Peters led off with a single and, an out later, Ibanez grounded a single into center. Peters took third on center fielder Jake Fraley’s error. Martin brought home the unearned run with a sacrifice fly to right.

Garcia hit a one-out solo shot homer to right in the sixth inning.

The Mariners added an insurance run on Seager’s bases-loaded walk in the eighth.

Mariners starter Chris Flexen allowed two runs — one earned — on four hits in seven innings. The right-hander walked one and struck out five.

Texas right-hander Spencer Howard lasted just two innings. He gave up five runs on five hits, with one walk and three strikeouts.

–Field Level Media