SEATTLE — Martin Perez lasted only four innings Friday in his first start since being added to the rotation, and a pair of mistakes by Michael Young and Alexi Ogando proved costly as the Texas Rangers were beaten 6-3 by the Seattle Mariners to open a three-game series.
David Murphy drove in all Rangers three runs, with a two-run single in the fourth and a solo homer in the sixth, but the offense had only one hit over the final three innings.
The loss prevented the Rangers from gaining a game in the American League West standings on Oakland, which lost at New York. The Rangers’ lead in the division held at four games with 12 to play.
Young had an two-out error at third base to allow an unearned run to score in the fourth inning, and Miguel Olivo swatted a hanging slider from Ogando for a two-out two-run homer in the eighth to put the game out of reach.
Perez, who replaced Scott Feldman in the rotation, surrendered four runs in his fourth career start. The Mariners had base runners in each inning against Perez, and they scored single runs in the second and third before posting two in the fourth.
Their final tally against Perez was unearned, as a Carlos Triunfel scored on a two-out error by Michael Young on what should have been an inning-ending groundout off the bat of Franklin Gutierrez.
Young was at third base for a fourth straight game as Adrian Beltre continues to deal with undiagnosed abdominal pains. Young also bounced into two inning-ending double plays.
The Rangers had tied the game in the top of the fourth. Young started the one-out rally with a single, and Nelson Cruz followed with a double ahead of Murphy’s line drive to center.
Murphy’s 14th homer, his first since Sept. 2, came with two outs in the sixth inning off Hisashi Iwakuma.
-- Jeff Wilson