Now he’s a key part of the team within one game of matching the franchise’s best 15-game winning streak.
They join the illustrious company of just three other teams that went on an All-Star break after winning 10 games in a row: the 1935 Detroit Tigers, the 1945 Chicago Cubs, and the 1975 Cincinnati Reds all won the pennant.
Seattle’s latest triumph came on Sunday when it pulled off a 6-2 victory over the Texas Rangers after home runs from first baseman Ty France and catcher Cal Raleigh.
Rodriguez and France — newly appointed All-Stars teams — teamed up for four of Seattle’s 10 hits.
“We have some high momentum right now and that’s what baseball should be. We’re under such pressure that I don’t think anyone will ever forget about it,” manager Scott Serve said, according to MLB. com. “What a way to end the first half.”
Texas initially led with a Marcus Semien home run before Raleigh hit a two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning—his 13th of the season—to give Seattle a 2-1 lead.
France then celebrated his recent inclusion in the All-Star team with a solo throw from 432 feet, extending Seattle’s fifth-place lead.
“I think it’s good for us if we let our bodies recover,” he said afterwards, according to The Seattle Times.
“There are a lot of guys in the dressing room, they play every day, they play offended, they play offended. The next couple of days will be good for them and hopefully we can just keep going. ”
Seattle rookie star Rodriguez hit a two-run RBI double in the seventh to seal the game and secure the Mariners’ fourth straight series win for the first time since 2001.
After their last win, Seattle is now 51-42 and polygames behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the top spot in the American League.