Texas Rangers

Fielder, Odor homer late as Rangers edge Mariners

Rangers' win Saturday "exciting on all fronts"

Rangers manager Jeff Banister talks about the quality of play by Seattle and Texas on Saturday (video by Jeff Wilson).
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Rangers manager Jeff Banister talks about the quality of play by Seattle and Texas on Saturday (video by Jeff Wilson).

Prince Fielder hit a game-tying solo homer with two outs in the ninth inning Saturday night, and Rougned Odor started the 11th with another home run as the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1.  

Colby Lewis allowed only one run in eight innings, but Adam Lind’s solo homer in the fourth inning looked like it would be enough. Lewis allowed only three hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out three.

Fielder went got ahead 3-0 in the count against Steve Cishek before ripping a 3-2 pitch into the seats in right field for his fifth homer of the season. Odor opened the 11th with a deep drive off Mike Montgomery.

Jurickson Profar went 0-for-5 to see his 13-game hitting streak snapped.  

Struggling Rangers slugger Prince Fielder had three hits Saturday, including the game-tying homer in the ninth inning of a 2-1 win (video by Jeff Wilson).

Hitting: The Rangers had six hits, all singles, against James Paxton and two relievers until Prince Fielder connected for a game-tying homer off Steve Cishek with two outs and a 3-2 count in the ninth inning. ... The homer was Fielder’s second hit of the game, and he added another in the 11th. ... He and Mitch Moreland pushed their hitting streaks to four games. ... Rougned Odor started the 11th with a homer, his 10th, to give the Rangers the lead. ... Jurickson Profar saw his 13-game hitting streak end, as he went 0 for 5. ... The Rangers won despite going 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position. 

Right-hander Colby Lewis felt like the Rangers needed to win Saturday night, and they thanks thanks to him and Prince Fielder (video by Jeff Wilson).

Pitching: Colby Lewis allowed one run in the Rangers’ first complete game of the season, but one of the three hits he allowed was a fourth-inning solo homer to Adam Lind. ... Lewis needed only 88 pitches to complete eight innings. ... He struck out three and didn’t walk a batter. ... Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless ninth and got one out in the 10th before giving way to Matt Bush, who allowed a hit and a walk before getting out of the bases-loaded threat with two outs. ... Sam Dyson, pitching for the first time since Tuesday, got two nice defensive plays behind him in the 11th for his ninth save. Dyson got Kyle Seager to fly out to end it with the tying run at second base.