Mariners take sole position of first place in AL West as Rangers’ tailspin continues

Mariners take sole position of first place in AL West as Rangers’ tailspin continues

The Seattle Mariners, with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, have overtaken the Texas Rangers for sole position of first place in the American League West. Here’s what you need to know:

The Mariners (74-56) are 36-14 since July 1, boasting the best record in baseball during that stretch. It is Seattle’s best 50-game stretch since going 36-14 from April 23 to June 18, 2003, per the team.
At 130 games into the season, this is the latest Seattle has had a share of first place since 2003.
Mariners star Julio Rodríguez is batting .414 with nine doubles, six home runs, 27…


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