Darvish, Rangers blank MarinersApr 20, 2013 - 5:40 AM
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 homer.
"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," said Gentry.
Seattle starter Joe Saunders (1-2) allowed seven runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings.
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 threat.
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.
- SEATTLE: 0
Apr 19 10:55 PM
- Ian Kinsler double to left scored Craig Gentry with two outs. Runner on second and Elvis Andrus due up.
Mariners 0, Rangers 7 Bot 5, 2 OutsApr 19 9:54 PM
- Craig Gentry triple to left scored A.J. Pierzynski and Jeff Baker with two outs. Runner on third and Ian Kinsler due up.
Mariners 0, Rangers 6 Bot 5, 2 OutsApr 19 9:50 PM
- David Murphy grounded out first to pitcher scored Nelson Cruz with two outs. On the play, Jeff Baker advances to second and A.J. Pierzynski advances to third. Runners on second and third and and Craig Gentry due up.
Mariners 0, Rangers 4 Bot 5, 2 OutsApr 19 9:47 PM
- A.J. Pierzynski single to left scored Lance Berkman and Adrian Beltre with one out. On the play, Nelson Cruz advances to second. Runners on first and second and Jeff Baker due up.
Mariners 0, Rangers 3 Bot 5, 1 OutApr 19 9:42 PM
- Jeff Baker two-out, solo Home Run (1) to right center. David Murphy due up.
Mariners 0, Rangers 1 Bot 2, 2 OutsApr 19 8:44 PM
- SEATTLE: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Apr 19 8:08 PM
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