Final Score: Texas 7, Seattle 0
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Yu Darvish tossed seven scoreless innings and
the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners, 7-0, in the opener of a three-
Darvish (3-1) gave up three hits and struck out 10 for the Rangers, who got
two RBI apiece from A.J. Pierzynski and Craig Gentry. Jeff Baker hit a solo
"We haven't been really performing offensively like we feel we can and it's
good to come home and start the series off swinging the bats a little bit,"
Seattle starter Joe Saunders (1-2) allowed seven runs on nine hits over 4 2/3
The Mariners put men on first and second with two outs in the first inning.
However, Justin Smoak struck out swinging.
"We obviously need to do a better job putting the ball in play. But you've got
to give credit to Darvish tonight. He threw the ball well," said Mariners
third baseman Kyle Seager.
Baker's homer to right-center field in the second gave Texas a 1-0 lead.
Texas broke the game open with six runs in the fifth. With one out, Lance
Berkman singled, Adrian Beltre walked and Nelson Cruz singled to load the
bases. Pierzynski followed with a two-run single to left-center field. Baker
walked to fill the bags again. Following David Murphy's RBI groundout, Gentry
hit a two-run triple to left. Hector Noesi replaced Saunders and gave up an
RBI double to Ian Kinsler.
Seattle had a chance to get some runs back in the eighth after Robbie Ross
loaded the bases with two outs. Smoak struck out swinging again to end the
Michael Kirkman tossed a scoreless ninth to close out the Rangers' third
shutout of the season.
Rangers Opening Day starter Matt Harrison will undergo surgery on Tuesday to
fix a herniated disc and is expected to be out of commission until at least
the end of the All-Star break ... The Mariners started a six-game road trip on
Friday ... The Rangers had 10 hits, compared to five for Seattle ... Noesi
gave up one hit over 3 1/3 scoreless innings.
04/20 01:40:13 ET
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