Whoever said the Mariners were not scoring enough runs this season? Justin Smoak hit two three-run homers against his former team and the Mariners had back to back 8 run innings in a whipping of the Texas Rangers lat night, winning 21-8.
Every one of the Mariners starters had a hit in the beating of the first place Rangers.
Rangers starter Derek Holland had only lasted 1 2/3 innings before he was yanked last night. He gave up 8 runs on 8 hits. The Rangers needed 97 pitches to retire six hitters. Before beating Texas 10-3 on Tuesday night thew struggling Mariners had lost five in a row. Then last night they scored the second highest amount of runs in team history.
The Mariners started the game with only one player hitting better than .250 in the lineup. No matter, they sent 27 batters to the plate in the second and third innings, scoring 16 runs on 15 hits including three home runs. Ironically they did it without their best hitter Ichiro Suzuki, who was sat early in the game to give him some rest.
There were a few points in the game, including when Texas launched a 5 run seventh inning, where it seemed like Texas may have been heading for a comeback but Seattle just continued with their relentless attack. They scored an additional 2 runs in the seventh.
Outfielder Josh Hamilton, who was back in the lineup after missing the previous two games with a respiratory illness, was 2 for 4 with two doubles, one a run-scoring hit that increased his major league-leading RBI total to 57.