Pitching: Wandy Rodriguez allowed two runs in the second, including a 430-foot homer to the left field club level to Nelson Cruz. Another run scored on a 6-4-3 double play.
The Mariners took a 4-2 lead on a two-run double that first baseman Kyle Blanks missed down the line in the fifth. Rodriguez was charged with four runs on five hits and five walks (including one intentional) in 4 1/3 innings. Stolmy Pimentel replaced him for the final two outs in the fifth. The bullpen was again solid. Stolmy Pimentel threw three scoreless innings and Alex Claudio and Keone Kela retired the lone batters they faced to keep Seatle from adding on in the eighth. An unearned run scored on a wild pitch from Kela in the ninth. Robinson Cano reached on a fielding error by Rougned Odor.
Hitting: The Rangers tied it with two runs in the bottom of the second. Adrian Beltre led off with a walk and scored on Carlos Peguero’s double to deep center. Peguero scored on Carlos Corporan’s single to left. In the fourth, Beltre led off with a single but Peguero’s sharp hit to second turned into a 4-6-3 double play. Leonys Martin’s hit down the first-base line was fielded by a ball girl preventing him from a potential two-out triple. Odor grounded out to strand Martin. The Rangers top three hitters — Martin, Odor and Prince Fielder — were a combined 1 for 12 with three strikeouts.
Notables: Cruz’s second-inning homer was the 19th to land in the club level at Globe Life Park. He’s done it three times. He is the first Mariners to have 10 or more homers in April since Ken Griffey had 11 in 1998. Fielder’s batting average has dropped 50 points to .337 over the past seven games.
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