Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners
- Texas has won seven of its 12 matchups with Seattle this season. The Mariners have not won a season series with the Rangers since 2007 (11-8).
- The Mariners have won three straight and 14 of their last 18 games. Seattle's starting pitchers own an ERA of 3.24 this season -- the best mark among all AL clubs. Texas' starters own the highest ERA in the majors at 5.14.
- The Rangers have won four of their last seven road games after winning just four of their previous 25 away from home. Texas is hitting .261 on the road this season -- the fifth-highest mark in the majors.
- Miles Mikolas is 1-1 with a 3.34 ERA in five road starts this season compared to 0-4 with a 13.73 ERA in four starts at home. Mikolas will be facing Seattle for the first time in his career.
- Roenis Elias is 2-0 in his last three home starts and 1-0 with a 2.92 ERA in two starts against Texas this season. Elias is one win shy of becoming just the seventh player in Seattle's franchise history to win at least 10 games in his rookie season.
- Kyle Seager is hitting .500 (16-for-32) with three doubles, three homers and 11 RBI in his last eight games against the Rangers. Seager has 11 home runs and 38 RBI in his career against Texas -- both are career-highs for him against any opponent.
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By ALAN FERGUSON
(AP) -- The return of Robinson Cano appeared to give the Seattle Mariners a better chance to stay hot and add to their wild-card lead.
Instead, they again lost to the lowly Texas Rangers.
Seattle will try to bounce back and remain in playoff position when these AL West rivals continue a three-game series Tuesday night.
Cano left in the third inning of Sunday's 8-6 win against Boston, Seattle's 14th in 18 games, with dizziness from an illness. The second baseman, the AL's fourth-leading hitter at .326, was back in the lineup Monday but couldn't lead the Mariners (71-59) to a ninth win in 10 home contests.
Cano had one of Seattle's four singles in a 2-0 loss, its eighth in 13 games this season against Texas (51-79), and committed an error in the seventh inning that led to the second run.
The Mariners, now one-half game in front of Detroit for the second wild card, have losing records against only two other AL teams, Baltimore (2-5) and Minnesota (2-5).
"They got pitching and we (were) able to take advantage of some things that we created, and we just got to continue to do that," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
Seattle's James Paxton (3-1, 2.20 ERA) will try to bounce back from his first defeat in 10 major league starts. He gave up four runs in a career-low four innings in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to Philadelphia, but three were unearned because of a throwing error the left-hander committed in his final inning.
"Obviously that can't happen, you've got to be able to make the throw to first," said Paxton, who will be facing Texas for the first time. "Something that I'll definitely work on between starts."
The Rangers, owners of MLB's worst record, will seek their first three-game win streak since June 11-14 and a season high-tying third in a row on the road.
Nick Martinez (3-9, 5.13) is looking to earn his third victory in four starts and win consecutive outings for the first time in his career. The rookie right-hander gave up two runs in six innings and struck out a career-high seven Wednesday in a 5-4 victory in Miami.
Martinez was 1-8 with a 7.01 ERA in his previous 12 starts.
He gave up two runs in six innings in his only start against Seattle on June 15, a 5-1 defeat. Kyle Seager went 3 for 3 against him and is batting .390 with nine homers in his last 34 games against Texas.
Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin, batting .432 in his last 12 games, is hitting .355 in his last 10 against Seattle.
Updated August 26, 2014