Mariners Mondays – Offensive explosion in Texas

Justin Smoak smacks his second 3-run homer of the game for his first career multi-HR game. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Justin Smoak hit a pair of three-run home runs in the Mariners 21-9 win over the Rangers on May 30, 2012 at Rangers Ballpark. (AP Photo)

On this weeks edition of Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS an offensive explosion in back-to-back games in Texas is featured. The Mariners won back-to-back games vs. the Rangers by a combined score of 31-11, including a 21-9 win on May 30.

Leading into the game on May 29, the Mariners had lost five in a row. The game started with promise. By the fifth inning, the Mariners led 4-1. But the big inning came in the eighth when the first seven Mariners batters reached base. When it was over, the Mariners had scored six runs, shutting down the Rangers four-game streak with the 10-3 win. At the time, it was the Rangers most lopsided loss of the season.

That is until the next night, when the Mariners went on an offensive tear. Justin Smoak was the star, hitting two three-run homers. But everyone contributed with back-to-back eight-run innings in the second and third.

The 21 runs scored that night were only good enough for second-most in club history, equaling the 21-9 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on September 30, 2000.

The Rangers didn’t go quietly, scoring five runs in the sixth and two in the seventh. But it wasn’t enough to stop the Mariners juggernaut. Final score, 21-8.

Catch the highlights of those two very fun games from 7:30-10pm on ROOT SPORTS. Tune in at 6:30pm for back-to-back episodes of Mariners All Access with a tribute to Mariners Hall of Famers Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson and Felix’s perfect game.

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