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Kouzmanoff, Rangers blank M's
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Kouzmanoff has proven to be a capable stand-in for injured third baseman Adrian Beltre.
Kouzmanoff went 3-for-4 with three RBI, and Robbie Ross threw 7 2/3 strong innings as the Texas Rangers blanked the Seattle Mariners 5-0 in the second of a four-game set at Globe Life Park.
Prince Fielder and Kouzmanoff each belted their first home runs as Rangers when they went back-to-back off Seattle starter Blake Beavan (0-1) in the second inning. Kouzmanoff added a two-out, two-run double in the eighth before scoring on Mitch Moreland's single.
Summoned from Triple-A Round Rock after Beltre suffered a quad injury, Kouzmanoff has hit safely in each of his first six games with the club.
Ross (1-0) limited the Mariners to five singles to pick up his first career win as a starter and help Texas rebound from a loss in Monday's opener.
Beavan, up from Triple-A Tacoma to fill injured James Paxton's spot in the rotation, gave up six hits in four innings.
Seattle was shut out for the third time in six games.
04/15 22:48:02 ET