Mariners salvage final game in Texas with 7-3 victory

Kyle Seager hits three RBI doubles and the Mariners manage a victory over the Rangers despite some struggles.

ARLINGTON, Texas — If this was Christian Bergman’s last start in the Mariners’ rotation, he’s at least given the organization some confidence that he can be called on again if needed and fill in more than capably.

Bergman made one last case to remain in the rotation in Seattle’s 7-3 victory over the Rangers on Sunday.

His final line — 52/3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits with two walks and a strikeout — wasn’t stellar. But given what the Mariners have been getting from their starting pitchers on the seven-game trip, including his previous clunker in Minnesota, it was an outing they will take.


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“Really good job by Bergman,” manager Scott Servais said. “We needed somebody to go out and give us innings and keep us in the ballgame and he did a really good job.”

Seattle improved to 34-37, snapping a three-game losing streak. The Mariners return to Safeco Field to open a nine-game homestand Monday.

With Felix Hernandez slated to return to the rotation and start Friday night and Hisashi Iwakuma expected to start on either Saturday or Sunday, two pitchers will have to be removed from the rotation.

Given that both Bergman and Sam Gaviglio have minor-league options remaining, they seem to be the logical candidates to be sent to Class AAA Tacoma.

“We’ll wait and see,” Servais said. “We’ve got guys coming back. We’ll talk about it when we get back to Seattle. He’s done a great job for us. I know there’s a couple of games where he stubbed his toe and they put big numbers up on him. But for the most part, he’s been very consistent.”

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