MIAMI -- The Texas Rangers ended their longest losing streak of the season thanks to two pitchers making their season debuts.
Ricardo Rodriguez pitched five effective innings and John Wasdin earned a four-inning save to help the Rangers snap a five-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over the Florida Marlins.
Richard Hidalgo's two-run homer in the eighth provided insurance runs.
Both Rodriguez and Wasdin joined the Rangers hours before the game. Rodriguez (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma, allowed two runs and seven hits, walked one and struck out five. He also had his first career hit and first career RBI.
"I wasn't nervous, I was excited. I had nice adrenaline," said Rodriguez, who has a 9-12 career record. "But after, that I had to calm myself down. That's the only way I could keep myself in the game as long as possible."
Wasdin, whose contract was purchased from Oklahoma earlier Sunday, got his fourth career save -- his first since July 16, 2000, against Montreal while he with Boston.
"I was down in Oklahoma, still getting my job done, trying to be the best Triple-A pitcher I could be," said Wasdin, who took a 6 a.m. flight from New Orleans and arrive at Dolphins Stadium about four hours before gametime. "I didn't moan or groan when transactions happened, I just did my job."
Brian Moehler (2-4) gave up four runs, seven hits and three walks -- one intentional -- and struck out a season-high seven for the Marlins, who have lost 13 of 18. Moehler dropped to 0-3 at home despite a 2.33 ERA.
"We're in good shape. This is a long season," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "August and September is when the cream comes to the top."
Texas extended its lead to 4-2 in the sixth on Rod Barajas' run-scoring double, a low line drive just to the right of second baseman Damion Easley.
Hidalgo's two-run shot off Guillermo Mota in the eighth made it 6-2. Hidalgo has 12 homers on the season, including eight of his last 17 hits overall.
"We knew we couldn't lose a sixth game in a row," Hidalgo said. "Our pitching did the job today."
Texas went ahead 1-0 in the first on Hank Blalock's two-out double.
Florida tied it in the bottom of the inning on Miguel Cabrera's RBI single, and went ahead 2-1 in the third on Jeff Conine's two-out run-scoring double.
Rodriguez's first career hit and first career RBI capped a two-run fourth that gave Texas a 3-2 lead. Blalock led off by reaching on an infield single when first baseman Carlos Delgado made a nice diving stop but Moehler was late covering the bag.
"I just got a late first step," Moehler said. "My fault. That's all it takes for him to beat it out."
Alfonso Soriano then doubled to deep right-center field, putting runners on second and third. After Laynce Nix's ground out scored Blalock, Rodriguez slapped a single to left for his first hit in seven career at-bats.
"All our pitchers did a great job swinging the bat in the whole interleague series," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "But I would not hold my breath that would continue with Ricardo."