ARLINGTON, Texas -- This two-game losing streak the Rangers had -- on in which the pitching functioned quite well but the hitting wasn't worthy of Nolan Ryan spending a extra second sitting behind home plate --ended Friday night.
The Rangers put up season highs in hits and runs in a 6-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners in front of 25,271.
It was nice to see the Rangers break out for 12 hits, with three coming from Nelson Cruz and two more from Vladimir Guerrero to lead the charge.
The game broke open thanks to a walk. Josh Hamilton, who is still struggling at the plate, drew a one-out walk to start things in the sixth inning. Guerrero doubled home Hamilton, Cruz drove in Guerrero and on it went.
The Rangers scored four runs on five hits, sending Mariners starter jason Vargas to the clubhouse with his first loss of the season.
Coming in, the Rangers were the second-worst hitting team in the majors, behind the Chicago White Sox, with a .168 batting average. The Rangers had just 16 hits -- 11 of them coming from the combination of Guerrero and Cruz.
When the night was over (by the way, it was fireworks night) the Rangers' other hitters had finally contributed to the cause. Michael Young had two hits and scored, and Joaquin Arias added two hits while driving in a run.
Before the game, manager Ron Washington figured the bats would come around. After all, we're just four games into the season.
He was right.
As for the pitching, Colby Lewis earned his first win of the year. He allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings of work. Lewis, struck out three on 103 pitches -- 61 were for strikes.
The biggest jam of the night came in the seventh, when the Mariners loaded the bases. Lewis struck out Jack Wilson looking on a close pitch at the knee and then got Ichiro Suzuki to ground out to second to end the inning.
The fans, including Ryan, gave Lewis a standing ovation when the inning ended.
Whether the Rangers' bats start to open up remains to be seen. Saturday night, the ace of the Mariners staff, Felix Hernandez, goes against Matt Harrison.
We'll have more from the clubhouse later on.