Rangers' Corey Seager hits 8th home run in 8-game span

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Corey Seager certainly made the Arizona Diamondbacks pay when they did pitch to him.

For the second game in a row, Seager homered on the first pitch of the next at-bat after getting intentionally walked and the reigning champion Texas Rangers swept a quick two-game rematch of last year's World Series.

"When he's hot, he barrels up anything thrown near the zone," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.

Seager homered for the eighth time in eight games, Dane Dunning threw five scoreless innings and the Rangers won 6-1 on Wednesday.

The Diamondbacks intentionally walked Seager with two outs and an open base in the third after the Rangers had taken a 1-0 lead on Jonah Heim's RBI double. When Seager came up with a runner on and two outs in the fifth, the World Series MVP lined a 97.7 mph inside cutter on the first pitch into the right-field seats to make it 4-0.

"Extremely impressive," Dunning said.

"I mean he's carrying us, he's trying to carry us through that tough stretch," Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said. "I don't know what else to say. He's just an incredible hitter."

Reigning World Series champion Texas (27-29) won its third game in a row since losing five consecutive series. The Diamondbacks (25-30) have lost seven of their last 11 games.

Arizona had tried the same thing Tuesday night, when Seager was given a free pass with two outs in the third, then hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the fifth for the final runs in a 4-2 victory.

"We're just playing good baseball," said Seager, who never really likes to talk about himself. "Hitting's contagious. ... and it's just starting to roll."

Seager has 13 homers overall, with four in the past three games. He went deep twice in a series finale victory at Minnesota on Sunday, which ended the Rangers' season-worst six-game losing streak and came a day after he didn't homer for the only time since May 19. The shortstop is hitting .260 and has 29 RBI in his 51 games this season.

Texas has gone deep in an MLB-high 13 games in a row, with 19 homers in that span. Seager has nine of those, including one in the May 14 game against Cleveland that started that team streak.