Leonys Martin knocked in a run with three hits and Adrian Beltre
collected a pair of singles for the Rangers, who scored all their
runs in the first two innings. Martinez (3-9), who grew up in Miami,
allowed two runs on six hits and Neftali Feliz gave up two homers in
the ninth before notching his fifth save.
Marcell Ozuna went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs while Christian
Yelich added three hits as the Marlins fell four games back in the
race for the National League’s second wild card. Miami starter
Nathan Eovaldi (6-8) lasted five innings while yielding five runs
(four earned) and nine hits, losing for the fifth time in his last
Rios and Beltre singled with two out in the first inning before
scoring on J.P. Arencibia’s RBI double to left and an error by
shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria. Martin followed with an RBI single and
Texas built another rally in the second, capped by Rios’ two-out,
two-run bloop double.
Ozuna doubled home Garrett Jones in the fourth and later scored on a
wild pitch to cut the Marlins’ deficit to 5-2, but Martinez stranded
two runners in the fifth. Ozuna belted a leadoff homer to left and
Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a pinch-hit blast to right with one down
in the ninth before Feliz got the final two outs around a walk.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Martin finished 5-for-9 in the series, but Texas SS Elvis
Andrus went 0-for-3 with a walk Wednesday to end his seven-game hitting
streak. … Yelich finished 19-for-37 on the nine-game homestand and
reached base in 11 of his last 15 at-bats. … Miami begins a nine-game
road trip with the first of three contests at Colorado and the Rangers
begin a three-game home series with Kansas City on Friday.
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