NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- Kohei Arihara avoided a loss Saturday despite surrendering five runs and making an early exit, as the Texas Rangers fought back to beat the Seattle Mariners 9-8.
Slugger Joey Gallo fueled the Rangers' resurgence with a pair of homers, including a two-run blast in the fourth inning of the American League contest at Globe Life Field.
Arihara (2-3), scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday due to a callus on his right middle finger, left the game with two out in the fourth and the Rangers trailing 5-1.
Having surrendered 11 runs over his past two outings, the former Nippon Ham Fighters ace got off on the wrong foot in the opening frame against Seattle. After two singles and a walk loaded the bases, the Mariners scored one run on a groundout and another on a fielder's choice.
Seattle doubled the lead in the second when Evan White slammed Arihara's first pitch, an 80.2 mile (129 kilometer) per hour slider, and launched it out to left center field for a two-run home run.
Arihara struck out three, while giving up six hits and three walks before making way for lefty Kolby Allard.
The Rangers added a pair of runs in the sixth and took hold of the lead for good with a three-run rally in the eighth, sparked by an Adolis Garcia solo homer.
Southpaw John King (4-1) got the win following 1-1/3 innings of relief, while lefty Anthony Misiewicz (2-2) took the loss after being charged with all three Texas runs in the eighth.