SEATTLE MARINERS

Rangers get 7 scoreless from Montgomery in 2-0 win over Mariners

Sep 23, 2023, 7:06 PM | Updated: 11:29 pm

Seattle Mariners...

Jordan Montgomery of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Seattle Mariners on Sept. 23, 2023. (Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

(Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Trade-deadline acquisition Jordan Montgomery is settling in nicely during this playoff chase with the Texas Rangers, who have a lot of positive momentum with eight games left in the regular season.

Texas Rangers 2, Seattle Mariners 0: Box Score

Montgomery threw seven scoreless innings for the second time in his last three starts and switch-hitting All-Star catcher Jonah Heim drove in yet another run as the AL West-leading Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 2-0 on Saturday night, extending their division lead after Houston lost again.

“It’s fun,” Montgomery said. “It’s just you and Jonah, and see the mitt. That’s when baseball is fun.”

Texas (86-68) won its fourth game in a row, including the first two games in the crucial series that began with the division rivals tied for the American League’s third and final wild-card spot. The Rangers took over the AL West lead for the first time in September after winning the opener, and lead by 1 1/2 games after 102-loss Kansas City beat the Astros for the second night in a row.

“Confidence is high and we know each and every game thus far is very important,” Heim said.

Montgomery (10-11), the left-hander acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals at the deadline, struck out six and walked two while scattering five hits. He is 4-2 in his 10 starts for the Rangers.

“He’s been outstanding,” Texas manager Bruce Bochy said. “It was a great effort. We needed it. Their guy was throwing well too. … A lot of good things happened during that game. But it all starts with Monty.”

Jose Leclerc and Aroldis Chapman finished off the Rangers’ 12th shutout this season. Leclerc pitched the eighth and gave up a one-out single in the ninth before the hard-throwing Chapman worked around a walk for his sixth save in 11 chances.

Seattle (84-70) didn’t get a runner past second base while being held scoreless for the eighth time this season. The Mariners remained a half-game behind the Astros (85-70), who hold the third wild-card spot.

Mariners starter Logan Gilbert (13-7) allowed two runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings, with two strikeouts and four walks. One of those free passes was intentional, but he had entered the game with a 5.69 strikeout-to-walk ratio that was fifth in the majors. He struck out 10 over 6 2/3 innings in a 2-1 loss to the Rangers in May.

“Baseball, sometimes it’s not always fair. You’ve got to give Montgomery a ton of credit,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I thought Logan threw outstanding, really. Was on top of his game tonight. They hit one ball hard off him, gave up the five hits, but they didn’t strike out. They put the ball in play with two strikes, and they found a few holes. That was kind of the story of the game.”

Gilbert lost for the first time in nine road starts since mid-June.

All-Star slugger Adolis García, in his fifth game back after missing 10 games with a patellar tendon strain in his right knee, scored both runs. He had a one-out double in the second inning before coming home on Mitch Garver’s single. In the fourth, Garcia walked with two outs and stole second base before an opposite-field single to left by Heim. It was Heim’s 92nd RBI of the season, and his 15th over his last 11 games.

“We weren’t sure if (Garcia) would be able to play at this time,” Bochy said. “But he’s not only playing, he’s playing at a high level.”

IN CASE OF A TIE

Texas is 7-1 against the Mariners, clinching the season series and tiebreaker, if needed, with five games still to play between them. After the series finale Sunday, they meet again for four games in Seattle to end the regular season. In between, the Rangers play at the Los Angeles Angels and the Mariners host Houston.

HIT AND AN OUT

Seattle CF Julio Rodriguez took sole possession of the AL lead with his 177th hit, breaking a tie with Rangers leadoff hitter Marcus Semien, who went 0 for 4. Rodriguez had a double in the first inning, but was then thrown out by shortstop Corey Seager when trying to advance to third on an infield grounder. Rodriguez finished 1 for 4, and is hitting .125 (4 for 32) against the Rangers this season.

UP NEXT

The Rangers play their regular-season home finale, with All-Star RHP Nathan Eovaldi (11-4, 3.05 ERA) making his fifth start since missing seven weeks with a right forearm strain. Mariners rookie RHP Bryan Woo (4-4, 3.90) allowed six runs in two innings at Texas on June 3, but has a 2.27 ERA and opponents batting average of .186 over his last six starts.

Where to find Seattle Mariners-Rangers, Seahawks-Panthers on the radio

Mariners Roof Report

Brought to you by
Sunny
High 83° | Low 55°
Mariners are on the road.
Mariners at Marlins today at 4:10pm

Seattle Mariners

Seattle Mariners...

Zac Hereth

Where Mariners should be comfortable trading prospects from

Senior MLB writer Will Sammon from The Athletic discusses the Seattle Mariners and the upcoming trade deadline on Seattle Sports.

10 hours ago

Texas Rangers OF Adolis Garcia...

The Associated Press

AL West Check-In: Rangers struggling with key OF in extended slump

With outfielder Adolis García struggling at the plate, the Texas Rangers are having trouble trying to win ballgames.

11 hours ago

Seattle Mariners 2023 MLB Draft...

Zac Hereth

ESPN insider breaks down projected Mariners first-round pick

ESPN draft analyst Kiley McDaniel breaks down his Seattle Mariners first-round draft pick projection, East Carolina pitcher Trey Yesavage.

13 hours ago

Seattle Mariners Dylan Moore...

Brent Stecker

Mariners Breakdown: Where things stand after series loss in Cleveland

The Seattle Mariners dropped two of three to Cleveland in a battle of first-place teams. Where do they stand now? A detailed look here.

15 hours ago

Seattle Mariners Luis Castillo Guardians 2024...

Brian Dulik

Guardians tag Castillo as Mariners fall 6-3 in rubber match

Luis Castillo gave up five runs and the Seattle Mariners lost 6-3 to the Cleveland Guardians in a series rubber match of first-place teams.

15 hours ago

Seattle Mariners...

Zac Hereth

The Mariners’ less-talked-about trade deadline need

ROOT Sports analyst Ryan Rowland-Smith explains how the Seattle Mariners need to add to their bullpen before the MLB trade deadline.

21 hours ago

Rangers get 7 scoreless from Montgomery in 2-0 win over Mariners