Saturday, August 17, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Rangers 15, Mariners 3
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers handed Felix Hernandez his third loss of the season, breaking out for five runs in the second inning on the way to a 15-3 victory over Seattle on Saturday night.
Breakout second: Hernandez had allowed five runs or more in a start just three times all season and had a 1.03 ERA for his past nine starts entering Saturday night. Adrian Beltre started the rally with an eight-pitch at-bat for a single. King Feliz wasn't the same after that. Alex Rios singled and Mitch Moreland walked to load the bases. After Geovany Soto struck out, Jurickson Profar, struggling through a 3-for-22 slump, singled to center field to cut the lead to 2-1. David Murphy, who has 13 career RBIs against Hernandez, followed with a two-run double over Mariners center fielder Dustin Ackley's head. Leonys Martin had a sacrifice fly and Elvis Andrus an RBI single to cap the big inning.
Seager terrorizes Rangers again: Kyle Seager continues to crush the Rangers. A night after hitting a game-winning two-run home run off Neal Cotts, Seager gave Seattle a 1-0 lead with single to right field off Martin Perez. He also hit a towering home run to right field in the top of the third to cut the Rangers' lead to 5-3. Seager extended his hitting streak to 13 games at Rangers Ballpark and he has 12 RBIs against the Rangers this season.
Perez gets through 7: It wasn't his complete-game effort and near shutout against Houston in his past start, but give it up to Perez for what he did Saturday night. He didn't have his best stuff and still made it through seven innings. He got a clutch double play with the tying run up in Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan in the top of the seventh. Perez allowed eight hits and had five strikeouts.
Profar on the run: Jurickson Profar stole the first base of his career, and it came with him taking third base in the sixth inning. Profar was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Production out of 9-hole: Murphy and Craig Gentry combined to go 3-for-5 with two doubles and 5 RBIs out of the No. 9 spot in the lineup. Gentry, pinch-hitting in the bottom of the seventh, provided a clutch two-out double to extend a 5-3 lead to 7-3. He also had an RBI fielder's choice in the eighth.
Cotts vs. Seager II: Cotts got the best of Seager in Round 2 on Saturday night, getting the Mariners' third baseman to line out to left field for the first out of the eighth inning. Cotts retired all three batters he faced the night after he allowed a game-winning home run to Seager.
Tack on runs: The Rangers added eight runs in the bottom of the eighth with the help of three infield singles off of Mariners reliever Oliver Perez. Beltre and Profar plated runs in infield singles. The Rangers sent 13 batters to the plate and had six hits, including an RBI double for Kinsler, who was mired in a 2-for-24 skid with runners in scoring position.
On deck: The Rangers finish off a three-game series against Seattle with ace right-hander Yu Darvish (12-5, 2.64 ERA) versus right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (4-0, 7.06) at 2:05 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.