Smoak, Mariners rally for 6-5 win over Rangers

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Associated Press

Posted on April 26, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 26 at 3:04 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — Justin Smoak hit a go-ahead double in the eighth inning and saved the game with a diving catch in the ninth, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 6-5 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

Robinson Cano hit a two-run double in the fifth for the Mariners, who won consecutive games for the first time since the opening week of the season.

Cano's double was the only time the Mariners got to Texas starter Robbie Ross Jr., but they battered reliever Neal Cotts (1-2) in the eighth inning, scoring four times to end the Rangers' win streak at three games.

With no outs and the bases loaded, Smoak avoided the temptation of two inside pitches from Cotts and worked the count full. Then he lined a pitch down the left-field line and just out of the reach of Michael Choice, allowing Cano and pinch-runner Michael Saunders to score the go-ahead runs.

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