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Rangers recap: Mariners use 14 hits to peg Texas with first loss of spring

Texas Rangers catcher Chris Gimenez and pitching coach Doug Brocail visit starter Nick Tepesch during Sunday’s 7-3 loss to the Mariners at Surprise Stadium.
Texas Rangers catcher Chris Gimenez and pitching coach Doug Brocail visit starter Nick Tepesch during Sunday’s 7-3 loss to the Mariners at Surprise Stadium. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

The Rangers’ perfect spring is no more after the Seattle Mariners pounded out 14 hits in a 7-3 victory Sunday afternoon at Surprise Stadium. Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma tossed two perfect innings before giving way to the bullpen.

Pitching: Starter Nick Tepesch struggled with his command over two innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits and two walks on 45 pitches (28 strikes). Tepesch, who was forced to deal with the Mariners stealing four bases in the first two innings (and six in the game), threw a first-pitch strike to seven of the 12 batters he faced but struggled to put hitters away. He said afterward that he was trying being too fine at times. Potential fifth starter A.J. Griffin threw a perfect seventh inning with one strikeout on 12 pitches (eight strikes). Phil Klein threw two scoreless innings before running into trouble with one out in the sixth. Luis Sardinas doubled and scored on Chris Taylor’s single to push Klein from the game.

Hitting: The Texas offense finally hit a wall in its fifth spring game. The Mariners held the Rangers to a spring-low seven hits by seven players. Adrian Beltre, Chris Gimenez and Patrick Kivlehan each doubled. Rougned Odor, Gimenez and Nomar Mazara each had an RBI. Prince Fielder was 0 for 2 and is still seeking his first hit of the spring.

Notable: Former Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin walked, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by Gimenez. He scored on Seth Smith’s double to right-center in the first inning. ... Seattle’s 14 hits were the most allowed by the Rangers in five spring games.

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

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