A stellar performance by the Texas bullpen gave the Rangers enough time for Rougned Odor to come through with the missing big hit.
Odor hit a two-run home run in the 13th inning and the Rangers got six innings of shutout relief pitching to beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 early Saturday.
“For him to step up in that situation poised, and we’ve seen him do it before, and put a great swing on a pitch he was able to get out of the ballpark. … He’s full of confidence anyway but something that will allow him to build off of,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said.
The game lasted five hours and was tied from the fourth inning on despite plenty of scoring opportunities for the Mariners. Odor finally broke the tie, hitting his sixth homer of the season into the right field seats off reliever Emilio Pagan (0-1).
Sam Dyson, Tony Barnette, Matt Bush (2-0) and Alex Claudio combined to shut out Seattle after starter Yu Darvish allowed one run in seven innings. Seattle’s only run came on Robinson Cano’s home run leading off the fourth. The Mariners were 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position.