Dae-Ho Lee sent a fastball by Jake Diekman into the seats for a two-out, two-run, pinch-hit, 10th inning homer that gave the Seattle Mariners a 4-2 win over the Texas Rangers Wednesday. It was the Mariners’ first home victory of the season.
Lee, who played 11 seasons in South Korea and four in Japan, signed a minor league deal with Seattle in February with up to $4 million in incentives.
The Rangers tied the game at 2 in the eighth inning when center fielder Delino DeShields hit a solo home run. DeShields also scored the team’s first run in the third with some small ball: He legged out an infield hit on a grounder to third, reached second on a botched double play and scored on a single by third baseman Adrian Beltre.
A.J. Griffin started for Texas, allowing one earned run on three hits in five innings but not getting a decision. It’s his second start after being out two seasons from Tommy John surgery.
Texas (5-5) returns home for a seven-game homestand that begins Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles. Rangers ace Cole Hamels (2-0) gets the start.