Bullpen crumbles as Mariners fall to Rangers 7-2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Joe Beimel personified the Seattle Mariners' recently besieged bullpen in Wednesday afternoon's 7-2 loss at the Texas Rangers.
A one-run game got away quickly when Beimel allowed four of the five batters he faced to score. The rally began with a hit batter and ended with back-to-back-to-back home runs by Mitch Moreland, Mike Napoli and Elvis Andrus, the first homer coming on an 0-2 pitch.
Beimel said afterward that he has been fatigued for the last week or so. He thinks there is a knot in his back and felt on Wednesday like he was "throwing through mud."
"I thought I'd be able to kind of fight through it," he said.
His five most recent appearances consist of 1 2-3 innings, 10 earned runs on eight hits plus three walks and a hit batter.
Mike Montgomery (4-6) gave up three runs in the first inning and then shut out Texas over his final five innings.
Mark Trumbo hit his 15th homer this season, his sixth since joining the Mariners. It was his fifth career homer off Derek Holland (1-1), his most off any pitcher.
Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said he's concerned with Beimel because he has been elevating his pitches but didn't want to say more until he learns Beimel's health situation.
The Mariners came to Texas following a three-game series in Boston in which their relievers pitched 19 2-3 innings and allowed 24 runs - including an inning pitched by catcher Jesus Sucre in a 22-10 loss. In Monday's series-opening loss to the Rangers, former closer Fernando Rodney retired only one of five batters and allowed the winning run to score on a walk.
Holland was making his first major league start after a four-month stint on the disabled list due to a shoulder injury. A key contributor to Texas' pennant winning teams in 2010-11, he allowed two runs in 6 1-3 innings on eight hits with no walks.
Nelson Cruz, a former Rangers teammate, said he was surprised by Holland's effectiveness given his layoff.
"More mature," Cruz said. "He was throwing his breaking pitches early in the count for strikes. Those are the ones that are tough to command."
Cruz extended his on-base streak to a career-high 30 games, the most in the American League this season.
Montgomery called Wednesday's effort something to build on after the shaky start.
"Once I started commanding the fastball, I got a lot of early outs on it," he said.
RIGHT IDEA, WRONG RESULT
Jesus Montero tried to score the tying run from second base with two outs in the seventh inning but was thrown out at home by center fielder Delino DeShields, a converted infielder. McClendon said it was the correct decision, in part because Texas would bring in a left-handed reliever to face the Mariners' next batter, left-handed hitting Kyle Seager.
"The center fielder traditionally doesn't throw well. It was definitely the right play. Guy made a throw," McClendon said.
Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left middle finger) is scheduled for light throwing Friday and could begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday. Paxton last pitched in late May.
Rangers: OF Josh Hamilton (sore left knee) missed his fourth consecutive game. Hamilton said he's reluctant to go on the DL, hoping the pain will subside in another day or two.
Mariners: Seattle will be off Thursday, its third day off in the past 15 days. The Mariners will open a six-game homestand on Friday against the Chicago White Sox. RHP Felix Hernandez (14-7) is scheduled to pitch against LHP Chris Sale (11-7).
Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (1-2) will open a four-game series at Detroit. The Tigers are the last AL team that Texas has yet to face.