American League Game Summary - Seattle at Texas|
(Wednesday, April 16th)
Final Score: Texas 3, Seattle 2
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Leonys Martin delivered the game-winning
single to left in the home half of the ninth inning and the Texas Rangers
rallied to beat the Seattle Mariners, 3-2, on Wednesday from Globe Life Park.
Fernando Rodney (0-1) took the hill in the ninth trying to make a 2-1 lead
hold up and retired the first two batters he faced before running into
trouble. Kevin Kouzmanoff singled up the middle and Mitch Moreland walked to
put two on. Donnie Murphy then stepped up as a pinch-hitter and grounded to
short, but Brad Miller's toss to Robinson Cano covering second pulled him off
the bag and all three runners were safe.
Kouzmanoff scored on a wild pitch during Martin's at-bat, and Martin looped a
base-hit to left to win it and give Texas a 2-1 lead in this four-game series.
It was Martin's third career walk-off hit.
"You just try to create that opportunity, and Leonys got up there and made it
happen," said Moreland. "You've got to tip your hat to what our pitchers did
Yu Darvish, who hadn't allowed a run in 15 innings before Wednesday, started
for the Rangers and gave up both runs on seven hits while striking out eight.
Pedro Figueroa (1-1) spun a perfect ninth to earn the win.
Nick Franklin started Seattle's two-run second inning with a triple to the
wall in right-center with one away. Darvish then struck out Justin Smoak but
walked Dustin Ackley to put two on for Mike Zunino, who lined a single up the
middle to plate Franklin and break Darvish's scoreless streak at 17 2/3
innings. Abraham Almonte followed by slapping an RBI single to left.
Texas went scoreless against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez for seven innings
but Martin started the eighth with a triple to right, chasing the Seattle ace
from contest. Hernandez was charged with one run on four hits while striking
"Felix did a great job," said Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon. "He got tired
a little bit in the eighth inning ... but he did a fabulous job for us."
Charlie Furbush relieved him and allowed a sacrifice fly to pinch-hitter
Michael Choice as the Rangers cut their deficit in half, setting up the
comeback in the ninth.
Almonte and Zunino had two hits apiece for Seattle, with Almonte also stealing
a base ... Erasmo Ramirez and Tanner Scheppers are set to take the mound in
Thursday's series finale ... Seattle has now been outscored 13-0 in the eighth
inning this season.
04/17 03:16:03 ET