Texas (7-14), still without a series win, was swept for the first time this season.
How it happened: King Felix frittered away an early 2-0 lead, but given a second chance on Logan Morrison's two-run tie-breaking double in the fifth, Hernandez held on to improve his record to 4-0. The Mariners bullpen, dominant throughout the series, got the final seven outs. Fernando Rodney racked up his seventh save. Texas came in with the lowest team batting average in the majors and managed only five hits.
Cruz missile: Former Ranger Nelson Cruz reached the club level beyond left field with his second-inning home run off Wandy Rodriguez that traveled an estimated 430 feet. Number 10 for Cruz this season is the 19th home run to reach the club level at 22-year-old Globe Life Park. It marks the third time Cruz has found the club level. Juan Gonzalez is the record-holder with four.
Not sitting back: Trailing 2-0 with no outs and a full count on Carlos Peguero in the second inning, Rangers manager Jeff Banister made an aggressive move by putting in motion base runner Adrian Beltre. Peguero fouled off the first 3-2 pitch, then laced an RBI double to center for Texas’ first run. The Rangers added a second run in the inning on Carlos Corporan’s game-tying single.
Sticky glove: More than once on the homestand, second baseman Rougned Odor has experienced difficulty transferring the ball from glove to bare hand for a throw. It happened again in the fourth inning and the delay cost the Rangers a chance at cutting down the lead runner at second, even though Odor was able to avoid an error by getting the out at first.
Defensive gems: Beltre saved a run by turning Brad Miller’s sharply hit grounder into the third out of the second inning. ... Beltre ranged the other way, to the line, to glove Cruz’ grounder and then make an accurate throw for the final out of the third inning. ... With the infield in and a runner on third in the fourth, Elvis Andrus barehanded Willie Bloomquist's slow bouncer and made an accurate throw to Corporan, who held on for an out at the plate despite a hard slide by Rickie Weeks. ... Odor made a diving stop of Brad Miller's grounder and from his knees shoveled the ball to Andrus for the second out of the eighth inning.
Streakers: Andrus extended his hitting streak to six games with a fourth-inning single to center. Prince Fielder saw his five-game streak end with an 0-for-4.
Stolmy weather: Long reliever Stolmy Pimentel had a strong outing, getting out of an inherited jam in the fifth. He worked with three scoreless innings.
Tough debut: First baseman Kyle Blanks in his first game as a Ranger went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and came up empty on Logan Morrison’s bouncer in the fifth inning that was scored a two-run double.
What’s next: Following an off-day on Thursday, the Rangers will conclude the homestand with a three-game weekend series against Oakland. Colby Lewis (1-2, 3,75 ERA) will be opposed by Scott Kazmir (2-0, 0.99 ERA) in Friday’s 7:05 start at Globe Life Park.