The Rangers offense managed just one hit but the Seattle Mariners gifted them six walks and two errors and it was enough for Texas to take a 3-2 Opening Day win Monday in front of a sellout crowd at Globe Life Park.
Pitching: Cole Hamels allowed solo homers in the first and second innings but limited the Mariners to just two other singles over seven innings to earn the win. Hamels struck out eight and walked three. Jake Diekman pitched a perfect eighth and Shawn Tolleson pitched a perfect ninth to earn the save.
Hitting: Mariners’ starter Felix Hernandez held the Rangers to one hit but walked five in six innings and Texas made him pay with a three-run fifth. Rougned Odor led off with a walk and Elvis Andrus reached on a fielding error by third baseman Kyle Seager. Delino DeShields walked on four pitches to load the bases with one out before Shin-Soo Choo walked on five pitches to score the Rangers’ first run. Prince Fielder’s bloop single to left field scored Andrus it to tie it 2-2. Shortstop Ketel Marte’s fielding error on Adrian Beltre’s tailor-made double play grounder allowed DeShields to score the go-ahead run. Mitch Moreland and Ian Desmond struck out swinging to end the inning and leave it at 3-2.
Notable: Former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush were in attendance ... a sold-out crowd of 49,289 was announced.