Spot starter Vidal Nuno allowed only one hit and struck out a career-high 10 in seven innings Wednesday, and Martin Perez allowed two two-run homers as the Texas Rangers lost 7-0 to the Seattle Mariners.
Prince Fielder had the lone Rangers hit, a broken-bat single in the first inning, as they were held to one hit for the fourth time this season. That matches the club record set in 2009.
The loss trimmed the Rangers’ wild-card lead to 1 ½ games over Minnesota and was likely to knock them two behind back in the American League West as Houston led late at Oakland.
Pitching: Perez was done in by the long ball, two of them. Both were two-run shots, the first by Mark Trumbo in the third and the second by Kyle Seager in the fifth. … Both came on poorly located off-speed pitches, something that has hampered Perez in his return from Tommy John surgery. … Tanner Scheppers made his first appearance in more than a month, replacing Perez in the sixth after a leadoff walk. Scheppers threw two pitches and got three outs, but he issued a leadoff walk in the first that eventually scored against Sam Freeman. … Luke Jackson had his second straight scoreless inning in the eighth.
Hitting: After a four-homer game Tuesday, the Rangers didn’t get four balls out of the infield against Nuno. … The left-hander allowed only one hit in seven innings, a broken-bat single to center with two outs in the first. He walked two and hit two, but struck out a career-high 10. … Drew Stubbs, starting in place of Delino DeShields, struck out all three times against Nuno.