The role for Alexi Ogando in the playoffs became clearer on Saturday afternoon.
Ogando threw only two innings – both perfect – before he was relieved in what became a Rangers’ 7-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Rangers Ballpark.
With the victory, the Rangers will at least remain even with the Detroit Tigers for home-field in the American League Division Series. (The Tigers, who host the Orioles later Saturday, hold the tiebreaker by winning the season series).
Trailing 2-1 going into the bottom of the fourth, the Rangers broke the game open with six runs. Esteban German and Endy Chavez had RBI singles, and David Murphy followed with a two-run single. Michael Young then reached on a comebacker that knocked Seattle starter Felix Hernandez out of the game. Hernandez was diagnosed with a right forearm contusion.
The Rangers scored two more runs in the fourth on a throwing error by Mariners relief pitcher Jeff Gray.
Texas relievers Scott Feldman, Yoshinori Tateyama, Darren O’Day and Michael Kirkman – all vying for a spot in the postseason bullpen – saw action. Feldman allowed three runs on five hits over four innings, while Tateyama, O’Day and Kirkman threw scoreless innings.
-- Drew Davison