Gallardo Looking to Bounce Back Against Mariners

Yovani Gallardo had one of his worst outings in a while — one of his worst of the year, really — his last time out against Oakland when he tied a season high by allowing five runs and lasted only 4 1/3 innings.

Truth be told, Gallardo is probably the least fun Rangers starter to watch right now, mainly because he's so inefficient and has such great trouble working deep into games. But on Friday night he faces a team he's had a lot of success against this year — one the Rangers as a whole haven't — in the Seattle Mariners.

The Rangers have won just six of their previous 16 games with Seattle, and they have three left this year beginning Friday with Gallardo on the hill.

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On the year, Gallardo is 2-1 against Seattle, and in those two wins he kept the Mariners off the scoreboard for 5 1/3 and six innings of work, respectively. His loss to them wasn't particularly bad, as he lasted six innings and allowed three runs. So if you're not good at math, that's 17 1/3 innings this year with just three runs allowed.

The Rangers have won four straight games and will be going for five on Friday night with a chance to extend their 2 1/2-game lead in the AL West, and they'll be looking to Gallardo to get them there.

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