Rangers top Mariners, move to 5-0Apr 6, 2011 - 5:26 AM
Mitch Moreland knocked in the other run with a triple off the wall in the second inning and Texas improved to 5-0 for the first time since opening 1996 with seven consecutive wins.
Alexi Ogando (1-0) earned the win in his first major league start, giving up two hits and two walks in six shutout innings.
"He feels nothing out there. When I say nothing, I mean he's not overwhelmed by the situation," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I thought he might have had butterflies, but it didn't happen."
After the Mariners rallied for two runs against the bullpen, Neftali Feliz pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.
Seattle starter Michael Pineda took the loss, the Mariners' third in a row after they opened the season with back-to-back wins over Oakland. Pineda (0-1) allowed all three Texas runs in six innings, giving up five hits and a walk while striking out four. Jamey Wright threw two perfect innings of relief.
The Rangers belted 13 homers in their first four games of the season -- including two in the opener of this three-game series Monday -- but they went homerless on Tuesday.
Moreland came close, smacking a triple off the left-center field wall to knock in Nelson Cruz, who had walked with two outs.
The 1-0 lead stood until Texas extended it to 3-0 in the sixth. Ian Kinsler started that rally with a leadoff single, moved to second on an Elvis Andrus bunt and came home on Hamilton's double to centerfield.
After Adrian Beltre flied out, Young doubled to right for a three-run lead.
"Once we saw [Pineda] a couple of times, we figured him out," said Hamilton.
Forced into a mostly designated hitter role after the team signed Adrian Beltre to play third, Young started at first base for the first time in his career.
He played career game No. 1,513 on Tuesday, passing Jim Sundberg for the second-most in Rangers history.
Jack Wilson and Michael Saunders hit back-to-back singles in the seventh for Seattle's runs. Mark Lowe and Darren Oliver surrendered the hits and Lowe was charged with both runs.
Texas is off to the third-best start in franchise history behind only a 6-0 streak in 1979 and the 7-0 run in '96...The top five batters in Seattle's order went 1-for-18, while the bottom four accounted for five its six hits...Cruz went homerless for the first time this season.
- SEATTLE: 2
Apr 5 10:42 PM
- Michael Saunders single to right scored Adam Kennedy. Runners on first and second with one out and Ichiro Suzuki due up.
Mariners 2, Rangers 3 Top 7, 1 OutApr 5 10:08 PM
- Jack Wilson single to right scored Miguel Olivo. Runners on first and third with one out and Michael Saunders due up.
Mariners 1, Rangers 3 Top 7, 1 OutApr 5 10:02 PM
- Michael Young double to right scored Josh Hamilton. Runner on second with two outs and Nelson Cruz due up.
Mariners 0, Rangers 3 Bot 6, 2 OutsApr 5 9:48 PM
- Josh Hamilton double to center scored Ian Kinsler. Runner on second with one out and Adrian Beltre due up.
Mariners 0, Rangers 2 Bot 6, 1 OutApr 5 9:42 PM
- Mitch Moreland tripled to center scored Nelson Cruz. Runner on third with two outs and Yorvit Torrealba due up.
Mariners 0, Rangers 1 Bot 2, 2 OutsApr 5 8:29 PM
- Chone Figgins popped out to short. None on with two outs and Milton Bradley due up.
Apr 5 8:09 PM
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