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Mariners Beat Rangers on Walk-Off Homer

Dae-Ho Lee sent a fastball by Jake Diekman into the seats for a two-out, two-run, pinch-hit, 10th inning homer that gave the Seattle Mariners a 4-2 win over the Texas Rangers Wednesday. It was the Mariners’ first home victory of the season.

Lee, who played 11 seasons in South Korea and four in Japan, signed a minor league deal with Seattle in February with up to $4 million in incentives.

The Rangers tied the game at 2 in the eighth inning when center fielder Delino DeShields hit a solo home run. DeShields also scored the team’s first run in the third with some small ball: He legged out an infield hit on a grounder to third, reached second on a botched double play and scored on a single by third baseman Adrian Beltre.

A.J. Griffin started for Texas, allowing one earned run on three hits in five innings but not getting a decision. It’s his second start after being out two seasons from Tommy John surgery.

Texas (5-5) returns home for a seven-game homestand that begins Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles. Rangers ace Cole Hamels (2-0) gets the start.

5 RBIs for Beltré as Rangers Shut Out Mariners

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltré had a home run and five RBIs in an 8-0 shellacking of the Seattle Mariners on the road Tuesday night. Starting pitcher Derek Holland got his first win of the season after throwing six and two-thirds innings of shutout ball.

Holland credited great defensive play for the victory. Rangers right fielder Nomar Mazara, playing in the third game of his MLB career, made two outstanding catches. The first was a dive on a shot by Mariners catcher Chris Iannetta that likely saved a run. The second was a shot by former Ranger Leonys Martin he snagged at the wall to rob Martin of extra bases.

Texas manager Jeff Bannister praised the rookie: “We saw solid-average defense in spring training, but we’ve seen better-than-average defense thus far in the outfield. What we’ve seen is his ability to read the ball off the bat well, terrific angles thus far when he’s on the run.”

The Rangers have gotten terrific starting pitching for five games in a row, compiling a 2.05 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 44 innings.

Texas goes for the series sweep against Seattle in the final game of the series Wednesday at 2:05 CDT. A.J. Griffin (1-0) starts for the Rangers against Taijuan Walker (0-0) for Seattle.

Colby Lewis Gets Win as Rangers Defeat Mariners 7-3

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis notched his first win of the young season on Monday night in a 7-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners that was the opener of a three-game series. Lewis allowed only four hits and one run over six innings and had a stretch of 13 consecutive outs.

The Rangers improve to 4-4 and are tied with the Oakland A’s for first in the American League West.

The Mariners took the lead off Lewis in the first inning when former Ranger Nelson Cruz hit an RBI double. One inning later, new Ranger Ian Desmond walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a bloop single to right by shortstop Elvis Andrus. That tied the score.

A sacrifice fly by designated hitter Prince Fielder gave Texas a lead in the third inning it would not relinquish.

In the fourth, first baseman Mitch Moreland and left fielder Ryan Rua hit singles, then second baseman Rougned Odor knocked in one run with a double to make it 4-1.

Brett Nicholas, a rookie catcher called up on Sunday from the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate, doubled in the seventh for his first Major League hit. Fielder brought him home with a single over the head of Seattle shortstop Ketel Marte.

Seattle loaded the bases in the seventh inning, but Texas reliever Sam Dyson got outfielder Norichika Aoki to ground out and retire the side. The game was 7-3 an inning later after Cruz hit a two-run homer off Rangers reliever Keone Kela.

A top prospect of Texas, Nomar Mazara, continued a promising start since his Sunday callup: He hit 2-for-4 with an RBI and is batting .625. A scout gave this assessment of the 20-year-old to the Dallas Morning News: “Mazara’s approach and instincts are so advanced for his age. He uses the field and is a threat in any count. Basically, he owns the plate.”

The Rangers play the Mariners again at 9:10 p.m. CDT Tuesday. Derek Holland (0-0) starts for Texas against Wade Miley (0-0) of Seattle. Holland pitched five innings and gave up three earned runs on April 7 in a 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.