Martin Perez happy with start despite rough ending
Tuesday was not kind to the newest members of the Texas Rangers bullpen. The Seattle Mariners scored eight runs on nine hits in the seventh and eighth innings combined to even the series with a 10-2 win at Globe Life Park.
Pitching: Martin Perez allowed two runs on two hits over six innings and left with the game tied at 2-2. Perez walked four and struck out three. After hitting Nelson Cruz with a pitch, Perez walked Kyle Seager before Chris Iannetta singled home the Mariners first run in the second. Cruz homered to start the fourth to give Seattle a 2-0 lead. In the seventh, the Mariners scored twice against Tony Barnette, who was making his major league debut at age 32. Jake Diekman replaced Barnette and threw one pitch to get the final out of the inning. In the eighth, Tom Wilhelmsen failed to retire a batter before being ejected after hitting Iannetta. The first four Mariners Wilhelmsen faced homered, doubled, doubled and homered to stretch their lead to 8-2. Andrew Faulkner replaced him and promptly surrendered a first-pitch two-run homer to Luis Sardinas.
Hitting: The Rangers scored twice in the fourth to tie it at 2-2. Mitch Moreland led off with a double, followed by Rougned Odor’s walk. Elvis Andrus’ two-out, opposite-field single to right scored Moreland and Robinson Chirinos’ single to left scored Odor. The top of the Rangers order, Delino DeShields, Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder were a combined 0 for 8 with three strikeouts and eight left on base. Choo walked twice and was hit by a pitch. Andrus had two of the Rangers’ seven hits.
Notable: Odor made several impressive plays defensively, including charging a slow grounder and making the quick throw across his body for the second out in the fifth ... 28,386 was Tuesday’s announced attendance ... Ian Desmond recorded his first hit with the Rangers in the eighth inning. Desmond had to wait for a replay overruled the call on the field, declaring he was safe at first after beating out an infield hit to shortstop.
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