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Rapid Reaction: Rangers 5, Mariners 0

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Robbie Ross pitched an efficient and impressive 7 2/3 shutout innings on Tuesday and Prince Fielder and Kevin Kouzmanoff helped power the offense in a 5-0 win. A few thoughts:

Finally for Fielder: Fielder crushed his first home run of the season, an estimated 446-foot blast to right-center field to lead off the second inning. It came just hours after Fielder chatted with the media and said he wasn't worried about his slow start to the season. Fielder has hit a home run in the first 15 games of every season of his career. His first in 2014 came in Game 14.

Back-to-back jacks: Kouzmanoff followed Fielder's homer with one of his own, a 411-foot shot to the seats above the scoreboard in left. It was the first time the Rangers have hit consecutive home runs in the same inning this year and Tuesday was the first game in which the Rangers have hit multiple home runs. The last time the Rangers hit back-to-back homers in Arlington was April 30, 2013 (Nelson Cruz and Jeff Baker against the Chicago White Sox).

Protecting Prince?: The Mariners intentionally walked Fielder in the eighth inning with two outs and a runner at second to pitch to Kouzmanoff. The strategy backfired as Kouzmanoff belted a double to deep left-center, scoring both Fielder and Elvis Andrus to give the Rangers a 4-0 lead. Texas added one more in the inning.

Efficient Ross: Ross talked about pitching deeper in games after not being able to get through the sixth inning in either of his previous starts. He did so without any issues Tuesday. Ross had 65 pitches through five innings as he induced plenty of ground balls and took advantage of the early-swinging Mariners. And then he threw a seven-pitch sixth inning through the heart of the Mariners' order for his longest outing of the season. Ross ended up with 7 2/3 shutout innings on just 90 pitches. He now has a 1.00 ERA through three starts this season.

Can't steal anything: The Rangers attempted to steal two bases on Tuesday and didn't succeed on either one. Andrus tried to steal second in the first and was thrown out with a terrific throw by catcher Mike Zunino on a 77 mph pitch that should have been a good one on which to steal. Alex Rios tried it in the sixth and was nailed at second. It was the first time all season that the Mariners had caught a runner (or runners) trying to steal.

What an arm: Remember when Andrus had arm issues in spring training? That seems like a long time ago now. His arm and range were on full display in the seventh, when he went deep into the hole and got Zunino's ground ball and then threw a laser to a stretching Fielder to get him out.

Was that a bunt?: Mitch Moreland put down a sacrifice bunt in the seventh inning to move Kouzmanoff from second to third with one out (he didn't end up scoring). It was the first sac bunt for Moreland since 2012, when he had two sac bunts.

Briefly: Every player on the field wore No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson. ... Kouzmanoff has hit safely in every game he's played for the Rangers -- six total. ... Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon went out to talk to starter Blake Beavan (a former Rangers draft pick) after just four pitches (and one out) in the game. It wasn't a long conversation, but McClendon did all the talking. ... Ross made a nice defensive play in the fifth, catching a bunt that was hit in the air by Brad Miller. He had to go behind the mound and backhand it. ... Ranger killer Kyle Seager was 0-for-4. ... Alexi Ogando and Neal Cotts got the final four outs of the game for the Rangers.

Up next: Ace versus ace on Wednesday as RHP Yu Darvish (1-0, 0.00 ERA) goes up against RHP Felix Hernandez (3-0, 2.11 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest Plus. (The game is on Plus because the Dallas Stars playoff game is on FSSW.)