Derek Holland had a crisp, 1-2-3 first inning, striking out the final two batters. He then unraveled in the second inning.
Holland didn’t make it through the second inning, giving up eight runs which was just the beginning to a game that the Seattle Mariners ran away to a 21-8 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.
Seattle won the final two games of the three-game series, snapping what had been a four-game winning streak for Texas. The 13-run victory on Wednesday is the largest losing margin for the Rangers this season, and the 21 runs allowed was the most allowed by a team in the major leagues this season.
With one out in the second, Holland gave up a two-run single to Miguel Olivo. He got Michael Saunders to pop up, though, and seemed to be on a path to minimize damage. But Brendan Ryan singled and then Dustin Ackley belted a three-run home run to right.
Chone Figgins followed with a single, stole second base and scored on a single by Kyle Seager. Jesus Montero delivered a two-run homer next, the fifth consecutive batter to reach safely with two outs against Holland.
The Rangers tried to let Holland get out of it, but he issued a five-pitch walk to Justin Smoak and a four-pitch walk to Alex Liddi to end his night.
It was Holland’s shortest outing since Aug. 5, 2011. He allowed eight runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts over 1 2/3 innings.
Yoshinori Tateyama didn’t fare much better than Holland. The Mariners scored eight runs – two unearned – off Tateyama in the third, including a three-run homer by Smoak.
Smoak added another three-run homer in the eighth off Koji Uehara.
The Rangers scored five runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh, but never threatened the Mariners substantial lead.
-- Drew Davison