Lee’s pinch-hit homer in 10th lifts Mariners over Texas 4-2

  • By JIM HOEHN
  • Thursday, April 14, 2016 1:01am
  • Sports

SEATTLE — Dae-Ho Lee hit a two-run, pinch-homer with two outs in the 10th inning on Wednesday, lifting the Seattle Mariners over the Texas Rangers 4-2 for their first win of the year at Safeco Field.

After starting out 0-5 at home, the Mariners won on Lee’s second home run of the season. Robinson Cano hit his fifth homer for Seattle.

The right-handed hitting Lee, who spent the last four years in Japan after 11 seasons in his native South Korea, came on to bat for Adam Lind against left-hander Jake Diekman (0-1). Lee launched an 0-2 pitch deep over the left-field wall for his second homer.

Nelson Cruz reached on a one-out error by second baseman Rougned Odor, but was forced out by Kyle Seager, setting up Lee.

Steve Cishek (1-1) pitched two innings.

Delino DeShields brought the Rangers even at 2 in the eighth with a solo homer, his first.

Cano put Texas in front 2-1 in the fifth with a solo shot, his first home run since April 5. He had been in a 2-for-21 slump before connecting.

The Rangers manufactured a run in the third with the aid of two contested calls. DeShields beat out a deep throw from Seager at third for an infield single. The Mariners challenged, but the on-field call was upheld after a review of nearly 4 minutes.

Nomar Mazara bounced into an apparent 4-6-3 double play, but DeShields was called safe at second because shortstop Ketel Marte missed the bag on the relay. DeShields then came around on Adrian Beltre’s two-out single.

Texas gave the run back in the bottom half when Norichika Aoki’s leadoff drive went off the glove of left fielder Ian Desmond for a two-base error and Seth Smith followed with a single to make it 1-all.

Trainer’s room

Rangers: RHP Yu Darvish, on the 60-day disabled list following Tommy John surgery, threw his first live batting practice session on Wednesday morning in Arlington, Texas. Darvish threw 30 pitches, 15 in each of two innings, against two members of the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders.

Mariners: Prior to the game, manager Scott Servais was unsure of the availability of LHP Joaquin Benoit who had been day to day with shoulder stiffness since his last outing April 8. With an off day Thursday, Benoit was not used.

Upon further review

With one out in the sixth, Lind mishandled Beltre’s bouncer to first, but recovered in time to flip to pitcher Taijuan Walker covering for the out. The call was overturned after a review of about 35 seconds and Lind was charged with an error. … With two outs in the ninth, the Odor was called out at first on chopper to second. The call was upheld after a review of approximately 2 1/2 minutes.

Up next

Rangers: Texas returns home for seven games after seven games on the road. LHP Cole Hamels (2-0, 2.08 ERA) makes his third start Thursday to open the four-game series against Baltimore. He has allowed three runs in 13 innings, striking out 12.

Mariners: After an off-day Thursday, the Mariners open a nine-game road trip with three games against the Yankees in New York. RHP Nathan Karns (0-1, 7.20 ERA) makes his second start.

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