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Tuesday, August 26 (All times Eastern)

Texas Rangers (51-79) at Seattle Mariners (71-59), 10:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Nick Martinez (3-9, 5.13) Seattle - James Paxton (3-1, 2.20)

(SportsNetwork.com) - James Paxton aims to bounce back from the first loss of his career and keep Seattle in possession of an American League wild card spot on Tuesday night when the Mariners host the Texas Rangers in the second of three straight meetings.

Paxton had won the first six decisions of his career over nine starts, including three wins in five outings this season, before suffering a 4-3 setback to Philadelphia on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old lefty lasted just four innings and was charged with four runs. And while only one of those were earned, Paxton himself had a throwing error in the fourth frame that helped set up a big inning for the Phillies.

Paxton is 3-1 with a 2.20 earned run average this year and will face the Rangers for the first time.

Seattle carried a half-game lead over the idle Detroit Tigers for the second wild card spot in the AL into Monday's opener and failed to extend that edge with a 2-0 loss.

Roenis Elias allowed just one run on three hits with four walks and six strikeouts over five innings to take the loss for the Mariners, who were coming off a three-game sweep of Boston, while Logan Morrison had two of his club's four hits.

Seattle had plated 20 runs in its sweep of the Red Sox.

"This is baseball and if you don't get hits you're not going to win," said Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon. "Tonight Texas played a better ball game then we did and that's why they won the game."

The Rangers got eight strong frames of three-hit ball on Monday by Miles Mikolas, who struck out five to win for the first time in six starts.

"He was very good, executed all his pitches and stayed focused," said Texas manager Ron Washington about Mikolas. "He was right where he wanted to be and used all his pitches extremely well."

J.P. Arencibia and Rougned Odor drove in a run each as Texas has won back-to- back games for the first time since Aug. 5-6. They haven't won three in a row since June 11-14.

Hoping to stretch that win streak tonight will be right-hander Nick Martinez, who has picked up a victory in two of his past three starts following a seven- decision slide. He is coming off a 5-4 win at Miami on Wednesday, yielding two runs on six hits and two walks over six innings. He also struck out seven.

Martinez is 3-9 with a 5.13 ERA on the year and that includes a loss to Seattle on June 15 in is first ever meeting with the club. The 24-year-old was charged with two runs on nine hits and a walk in six innings.

The Rangers have won eight of 13 versus the Mariners this year.

08/26 10:29:38 ET

  • ACC: Clemson at NC State

    Wednesday at 9:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Florida

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Waste Management Phoenix Open

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • HSBB: Broughton at Leesville Road

    Tuesday at 7:00 pm on 620am

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay

    Tuesday at 7:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • ACC: Duke at Notre Dame

    Wednesday at 7:30 pm on 620am

  • ACC: NC State vs. Clemson

    Wednesday at 9:00 pm on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
NCSU 78
ND 81
Final
CHI 84
MIA 96
Final
CLE 108
OKC 98
Final
NOP 109
DAL 106
Final
ORL 99
IND 106
Final
PHO 100
LAC 120
Final
ATL 112
MIN 100
4th
TOR 113
DET 110
 
Final
SAN 101
MIL 95
 
Half
GSW 56
BOS 49
 
3rd
DEN 59
WAS 59
 
9:30pm Tonight
LAL
HOU
Final
UCONN 66
SFLA 53
Final
GT 62
BC 64
Final
VT 47
UVA 50
Final
OSU 82
IND 70
Final
UCF 46
CIN 56
Final
WICHS 74
DRAK 40
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
MAR 73
FAIR 67
 
Final
HART 61
MAINE 70
 
Final
MAN 71
MON 64
 
Final
PRIN 96
ROWAN 48
 
Final
SIENA 55
PETE 69
 
Final
RIU 53
BONA 48
Final
BING 54
USB 61
 
Final
MLOWELL 50
VERM 61
 
Final
BUT 77
SHU 57
Final
SALA 55
YALE 72
 
Final
PITT 68
LOU 80
Final
ILLST 53
NIOWA 54
Final
GTDNS 69
UMBC 55
 
Final
IONA 87
NIAG 64
 
Final
TENST 55
BEL 63
 
Final
NCSU 78
ND 81
Final
VILL 71
CREI 50
 
2nd
MD 50
NW 57
 
Half
UTAH 37
WASH 30
 
Final
TEAMFOLI 12
TEAMTOEWS 17
2nd
CARTER 13
IRVIN 19