Seattle (CBS Seattle/AP) — The Seattle Mariners bats came alive Wednesday in a huge win over the Texas Rangers.
Justin Smoak hit two three-run homers against his former team and the Mariners used a pair of early eight-run innings to rout the Rangers for the second straight game, winning 21-8.
Smoak had three hits to go with his career high RBIs as Seattle reached double digits for runs in back-to-back games against the AL West leaders. Jesus Montero homered among his three hits and drove in four runs and Kyle Seager had four hits and two RBIs. Every Seattle starter had at least one hit.
Dustin Ackley also had a three-run homer in support of former Rangers minor league prospect Blake Beavan (3-4).
“We were hitting with a lot of confidence up there tonight,” said Seager, the best hitter in the Mariners’ lineup at .265 with All-Star Ichiro Suzuki given a rest day.
The Mariners came in hitting .229, 13th of 14 in the American League.
“Hitting is contagious. We kind of got on a little roll there and everybody was feeling good, real relaxed and everything. It was just one of those days.”
Rangers starter Derek Holland (4-4) gave up eight hits, eight runs and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. Seattle had lost five in a row before beating Texas 10-3 Tuesday night. They scored eight runs in the second and third innings en rout to scoring the second-most runs in club history, equaling a 21-9 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 30, 2000.
The 21 runs are the most scored in the majors this season, topping the Rangers and Rockies, who have each scored 18 runs.