- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Ketel Marte was too busy sprinting to first base to watch his bouncing double down the line at third. And Seattle’s leadoff hitter didn’t see the replay.

He’ll take the result.

Marte’s two-run double on a grounder over the third base bag led to an early ejection of Texas manager Jeff Banister, and the Mariners cooled off the AL West-leading Rangers 3-1 Friday night.

Banister wanted the umpires to look at the replay, but they wouldn’t. The ball bounced twice before the bag, then went over the inside of it and hit close to the line again as umpire Chris Guccione signaled it fair.

Logan Morrison and Brad Miller, who also had a double just inside the foul line in left, scored. Marte then came home on a bloop single by Kyle Seager.

Banister moved to the top step of the dugout after the first of Marte’s two doubles to indicate the Rangers were checking the replay, but soon came out for a heated discussion with Guccione, who eventually ejected him.

Replay rules state that fair-foul calls are not reviewable when the ball bounces in front of the base umpire. Banister tried to argue that Guccione moved his feet, making it a reviewable play.

“I was told it was non-reviewable,” Banister said.

The Rangers had a five-game winning streak snapped, a night after finishing off a four-game sweep of Houston that moved them 2 ½ games ahead of the Astros. Houston didn’t gain any ground, losing to Oakland 4-3.

Danny Farquhar (1-4) and four other Seattle relievers pitched 4 2-3 hitless innings. Tom Wilhelmsen struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 12th save, including Josh Hamilton as a pinch-hitter a week after the Texas slugger had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

The Rangers had another close call at third go against them in the eighth, this time on a review that overturned Guccione’s decision in their favor.

Adrian Beltre matched his career high with his third walk and later was called safe by Guccione going from second to third when a pitch bounced away from Seattle catcher Jesus Sucre with no outs.

Seager’s foot appeared to block Beltre’s left hand on a head-first slide, and the Mariners also thought Beltre came off the bag while Seager was still tagging him.

“There’s so many little scenarios like that where you don’t necessarily even see it on the field that come up over the course of a season,” Seager said. “They told us if there’s a tag, keep it on.”

Yovani Gallardo (12-11) failed to get out of the sixth inning for the fifth consecutive start, allowing eight hits and three runs in five innings.

The Rangers, who scored 33 runs in the sweep of the Astros, were held to six hits. They lost their third straight to the Mariners, who shut them out in the last two games of a series in Seattle earlier this month.

Prince Fielder struck out with two runners on and one out in the first and again in the third. He walked with the bases loaded in the fifth to end a 22-inning scoreless streak for Texas against the Mariners.


Left-hander James Paxton, making his second start for the Mariners after missing four months with a finger injury, came out after walking Fielder. With the bases loaded, Farquhar got Mike Napoli to bounce into an inning-ending double play to second.


The teams combined for six double plays - four by Seattle and two by Texas. It’s the third time the Rangers have induced four double plays in a game this season, but the first time the Mariners have hit into that many since June 5, 2013, when they had four against the Chicago White Sox.


Mariners: LHP Vidal Nuno (1-2, 3.21 ERA) starts against the Rangers nine days after limiting them to one hit in seven innings and striking out a career-high 10 in a 6-0 win.

Rangers: LHP Cole Hamels (3-1, 4.04) is 3-0 in his past six starts for Texas, which has won all six of those games since losing his first two times out after the trade with Philadelphia.

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