Rangers score twice in 8th inning for win over Mariners

The Rangers beat the Mariners 3-1

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Mike Leake throws against the Texas Rangers in the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)

SEATTLE (AP) – Shin-Soo Choo’s sacrifice fly broke a tie in the eighth inning, Elvis Andrus followed with an RBI single and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Tuesday night to help their slim playoff chances.

The Rangers won their second straight after a five-game losing streak and pulled within 3½ games of Minnesota for the second American League wild card.

Pinch-hitter Carlos Gomez, slowed for the past week by a sprained ankle, led off the eighth with a double against Nick Vincent (3-3). Delino DeShields beat out a bunt single and Choo followed with a fly ball deep enough that pinch-runner Will Middlebrooks easily scored to give Texas the lead.

Andrus added a broken-bat single that scored DeShields.