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SEATTLE – Give the “rubber” game to Chris Flexen and the Mariners.

The Rangers faced the Seattle starter for the third time already this season, and the Mariners beat Texas for the second time in those three outings, 4-1 on Sunday afternoon at T-Mobile Park.

The win also gave the Mariners a 2-games-to-1 victory in the weekend series, the first series loss for the Rangers in the last four.

“He was really good,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said of Flexen. “He pitched around the edges. He’s got a good cutter. It’s probably a little harder in the daylight to see it. I thought we did a good job with him the first time at our place. He kept executing.”

The Rangers didn’t get to Flexen until the sixth, when they strung three singles together to get on the board. Moments after it was announced he had made the American League All-Star team, Adolis Garcia singled off Flexen’s glove to score Eli White from third base.

By then, the Mariners were in front 4-0 after a three-run home run from Luis Torrens in the fourth off starter Mike Foltynewicz and a solo homer from Shed Long, Jr., in the fifth. It was the ninth of the season for Torrens and second of the series (his solo shot on Friday tied the game at 3-3).

“The Torrens pitch, that was the one mistake,” Woodward said. “He executes that pitch to Torrens there, it’s a totally different game. He (Torrens) tied it the other night on a similar pitch.”

The Texas run cut Seattle’s lead to 4-1. Flexen shut down the rally with men on first and second, though, by striking out Joey Gallo for the second time in the game.

Flexen improved to 7-3 with the win. Foltynewicz fell to 2-8 for the Rangers.

Three Mariners relievers closed it out, allowing just a Brock Holt double in the eighth.

Leadoff audition?: White has all the necessary tools – speed, patience and power – to potentially be the Rangers’ leadoff man. With Woodward wanting to give Isiah Kiner-Falefa a break from the pressures of the No. 1 slot in the order, White found himself there for the finale at Seattle on Sunday and went 0-for-4.

“I like the quality he’s showing right now,” Woodward said of his rookie center fielder. “Having all three of those things – he’s one of the fastest guys in the Major Leagues, he’s got pop, he walks – that’s pretty dynamic.”

Regular leadoff man Kiner-Falefa is just six for his last 38 at the plate (.158), well below his season average of .269. After an 0-for-4 in Saturday’s win, Woodward talked to his shortstop about a short break from the top of the order.

“He’s pressing a little bit,” Woodward said. “I wanted to take a little heat off him. Let him lock back in.”

Kiner-Falefa is one of just 10 players in the Majors to appear in every game for his team this season. He hit eighth in the order on Sunday. He went 0-for-3 against Flexen and reliever Paul Sewald.

A hint of relief: When the series began in Seattle on Friday, Woodward barely wanted to acknowledge his team’s woes over the past two years here. As a successful road trip (3-3 or 4-2) came to a close on Sunday, though, the Rangers manager offered this:

“Obviously, we’ve had our struggles on the road,” Woodward said. “We hadn’t won here in a while. Somehow things never lined up for us. We figured it out yesterday.”

Prior to the 7-3 victory on Saturday, Texas had lost 13 in a row at the Mariners dating back to July 23, 2019. Prior to the six-game swing through Oakland and Seattle this last week, the Rangers had lost 19 of 20 overall on the road.

Familiar Fourth foes: Sunday marked the seventh time in team history that the Rangers faced Seattle on Independence Day, tying the Mariners with the Chicago White Sox as Texas’ most-played opponent on the holiday.

Each previous matchup had taken place in Arlington. Texas is 4-3 in those games after Sunday’s loss.

“Living here, growing up in this country, it’s a cool day for all of us,” Woodward said.

Find more Rangers coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.



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