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Texas Rangers clinch first postseason berth since 2016

SEATTLE — The Texas Rangers defeated the Seattle Mariners 6-1 on Saturday night at T-Mobile Park to clinch a playoff spot for the first time since 2016 in 161 games.

The win ensured the Rangers at least a wild-card spot in the American League playoffs.

They left the field to await the results of the Houston Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix, a game the Astros won 1-0 to clinch a playoff spot. With one game left in the American League West, the race for first place is still up in the air. A Rangers win over the Mariners or an Astros loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday would seal the division title for Texas. However, the Astros defeated the Rangers in the tiebreaker, so a win in Houston and a loss in Texas on Sunday would seal the division for the Astros.

The Mariners’ loss on Saturday combined with Houston’s win kept Seattle out of playoff contention despite two tight wins against the Texans in the first two games of the series. victory.

The pitching matchup appears to be in the Mariners’ favor. They send ace Luis Castillo to the mound against the Rangers, who find themselves stuck after starter Jon Gray was placed on the 15-day IL on Friday. Dilemma.

Rangers manager Bruce Bochy, who won three World Series with the San Francisco Giants in the 2010s before returning to the dugout after a three-year absence, selected Andrew Heaney , the latter has not started a game since September 4. Heaney exceeded expectations, throwing 4⅓ scoreless innings.

Heaney left with Rangers 5-0 ahead, but the suspense remained. Bochy had to coax out 14 outs in his filthy bullpen, and as he did so many times in the postseason, Bochy mixed and matched to perfection. The combination of Josh Sborz, Cody Bradford and Jose Leclerc answered the call, and Eugenio Suarez’s eighth-inning homer off Bradford was the Mariners’ The only score.

Leclerc, who has assumed a closer role in the bullpen this month and leads the majors in saves, got his final four outs in his fifth save. Castillo lasted only 2⅔ innings, throwing 86 pitches before getting eight outs, and exited the game after allowing four runs in the third inning.

Rangers rally comes out of nowhere, then refuses to end: With two outs and Marcus Semien leading off, Adolis Garcia drives down the third-base line ball, but hung around longer than it should have. The infield hit was followed by three more hits and two runs to end Castillo’s outing. He allowed four hits – none particularly hard – and five walks, two of which were three walks.

A four-run third inning frustrated a raucous crowd of 44,694 at T-Mobile Field. The Mariners opened the series with two thrilling wins and on Saturday night had little hope of making the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

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