Lewis homers, M's hand Rangers 10th straight road loss 3-2

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SEATTLE (AP) — Kyle Lewis doubled and scored Seattle’s first run, then hit a two-run opposite-field homer an inning later that proved to be the difference in the Mariners' 3-2 win over Texas on Friday night, the 10th straight road loss for the Rangers.

It’s been a quiet start to the season for Lewis, last year’s American League Rookie of the Year. He missed most of the first month recovering from a bruised knee and struggled at the plate the first couple of weeks.

His swing looked just fine against Texas starter Jordan Lyles. Lewis roped a ground-rule double that one-hopped the fence in center field leading off the second inning. He scored on Ty France’s RBI single.

An inning later, Lewis stayed with a curveball from Lyles and drove it out to right field for his fifth homer of the season. The ball barely cleared the fence and eluded the glove of right fielder Joey Gallo.

Seattle has followed up a six-game losing streak by winning four of five.

The Rangers 10-game road losing streak is their longest since 2014. They haven’t won away from Arlington since May 6 at Minnesota.

Lyles (2-4) settled down after Lewis' home run thanks largely to his curveball that he threw 42% of the time and landed for strikes. Lyles retired nine of the final 11 he faced, including five of his eight strikeouts.

Texas continued to scuffle at the plate. Seattle starter Justus Sheffield was hit hard, but the Rangers could only manage two runs off the lefty over five innings. Khris Davis’ sacrifice fly scored Adolis García in the fourth and Isiah Kiner-Falefa capped three straight hits with an RBI single in the fifth.

The Rangers missed out on a big inning in the fifth as Jose Trevino was thrown out trying to advance to third and Nick Solak was thrown out at second trying to advance on a wild pitch to end the inning.

Sheffield (4-4) allowed six hits and struck out one. Anthony Misiewicz struck out the side in the sixth and JT Chargios worked the seventh. Keynan Middleton gave up a two-out double and a walk in the eight. Erik Swanson entered and struck out García on a 96 mph fastball to end the threat.

Swanson gave up a walk and two-out single to Brock Holt in the ninth but got Jason Martin to pop out to finish his first save.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: IF Shed Long Jr. began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma on Friday. Long has been out all season due to a stress fracture in his right shin and had setbacks in the recovery process. Long appeared in 34 games last season for the Mariners.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (1-4, 4.53) threw seven shutout innings in his last start against Houston. Foltynewicz has thrown at least six innings in three of his past five starts.

Mariners: RHP Justin Dunn (1-2, 3.40) allowed just one run and one hit over five innings in his last start against San Diego. Dunn has allowed three earned runs or less in all eight of his starts but has yet to finish six innings.

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Tim Booth, The Associated Press

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