SEATTLE — Kyle Seager made his first Father’s Day as a dad a memorable one.
The Seattle Mariners third baseman went 4 for 4 with two doubles and driving in three runs, leading his team to a much-needed 5-1 win over the Texas Rangers Sunday at Safeco Field.
Seager, who became a dad in the offseason with the birth of his son, Crue, lifted the Mariners out of their hitting doldrums and helped snapped a five-game losing streak. It also pushed them back over .500 to 35-34.
After singling in his first two at-bats off Rangers starter Nick Martinez, Seager gave his team the lead for good in the fifth inning. With two outs and runners on first and second, Seager doubled into the right-field corner, scoring Endy Chavez and Robinson Cano to put the Mariners up 2-1.
Seager added to the lead in the eighth, again doubling into right field, this time off lefty reliever Robbie Ross Jr. to score pinch-runner Cole Gillespie from first base to make it 3-1. His teammates followed his lead. Mike Zunino singled and Dustin Ackley dumped a broken-bat bloop single into center to score Seager to make it 4-1. Brad Miller later pushed the lead to 5-1, scoring Zunino with a sacrifice fly to left field.
The extra cushion was a pleasant bonus that helped secure a well-deserved victory for Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma.
Iwakuma pitched eight innings, giving up just one run on six hits with six strikeouts and no walks to improve to 5-3 and lower his ERA to 2.59.
Charlie Furbush pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the ninth to shut the door.