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[April 16, 2014]
ARLINGTON, Texas — Rangers 5, Mariners 0: Robbie Ross
pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings in his third major-league start and
Kevin Kouzmanoff went 3-for-4 with three RBIs as host Texas blanked
Prince Fielder and Kouzmanoff hit back-to-back homers in the
second inning in support of Ross (1-0). The left-hander gave up five
hits without issuing a walk and struck out two.
Fielder hadn’t homered in his first 13 games — 51 at-bats — with the
Rangers after being acquired from the Detroit Tigers in the offseason. That changed when he led off the second inning by
hammering a 1-1 pitch off Blake Beavan (0-1) well over the
Two pitches later, Kouzmanoff slammed his homer to give the Rangers
a 2-0 lead. Kouzmanoff, a recent call-up to play third base in place
of the injured Adrian Beltre, ripped a two-run double to deep
left-center field in the eighth to make it a four-run margin and
scored on a single by Mitch Moreland.
Ross hit Brad Miller with a pitch with one out in the eighth and
retired Robinson Cano on a fly to center before being removed by
manager Ron Washington. Alexi Ogando allowed a hit by Corey Hart
before retiring pinch hitter Dustin Ackley on a fly to left and Neal
Cotts worked the ninth.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Seattle OF Logan Morrison (hamstring) is day-to-day
with a hamstring injury that forced him to leave Monday’s series
opener in the first inning. … The Rangers had scored two or fewer
runs in four of five games and were on the verge of adding to the
total prior to the three-run eighth. … Seattle optioned LHP Lucas
Luetge to Triple-A Tacoma to clear a roster spot for Beavan, who
allowed two runs and six hits in four innings.
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