Bruce Chen (5-1) allowed six earned runs — more than he had given up in his last six starts — on eight hits over 5 1-3 innings.
Chen didn’t regret either of the two pitches he threw to Cabrera that were hit, watching him pull an outside fastball and a cutter several inches inside.
“When he’s on, I don’t think you can throw anything around him,” Chen said.
Mariners4, Rangers 3: ARLINGTON, Texas — Coming off a 15-strikeout performance in his last start, Texas ace Yu Darvish looked sharp through the first four innings Sunday afternoon against the Seattle Mariners.
The next four innings were a different story as the Rangers’ right-hander allowed the lead-off batter on base in each frame, resulting in three runs, and closer Joe Nathan also let the leadoff batter score in the ninth as the AL West-leading Rangers lost 4-3 to Seattle on Saturday.
“He just lost his command,” Texas manager Ron Washington said of Darvish. “Earlier he was spotting it up and then as we got past the fifth inning there, he was just a little erratic with his command. But then again, he was able to pitch around a lot of that trouble also.”
After each team scored single runs in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings, Seattle’s Kyle Seager took a pitch from Nathan that was nearly in the dirt down the right field line for the game-winning RBI double in the ninth.
The Mariners took two of three from Texas, and they scored three runs in 7 1-3 innings against Darvish in the series finale.
In Darvish’s previous start, he took a no-hit bid into the eighth against Houston. The two-time All-Star from Japan struck out seven on Sunday against the Mariners, raising his major league-leading total to 214.