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Martin, Rangers clobber King Felix in win over Mariners

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SEATTLE -- The Texas Rangers once again got the best of Seattle ace Felix Hernandez.

The AL West-leading Rangers pounded Hernandez for nine runs and 11 hits in three-plus innings on Wednesday en route to a 12-4 win over the Mariners.

Hernandez fell to 0-4 with a 7.57 ERA in five starts against the Rangers this year. The right-hander's 20-career losses against Texas are his most against any team.

"We don't own him. No one owns him," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He's only human and there's some days he's going to go out there and things aren't going to fall into place. Fortunate for us, today was one of those days."

Hernandez struggled early on Wednesday.

Leonys Martin started the scoring with two outs in the second, slicing a 2-1 pitch into the Seattle bullpen in left field. The three-run home run was part of a career-high four RBI game for Martin.

Texas kept the pressure on with two more runs in the third and five in the fourth. Ian Kinsler chased Hernandez (12-8) in the fourth with a run-scoring single, the fourth straight hit for the Rangers to open the inning.

"Felix is always a great challenge to face," said Elvis Andrus, who had three of the team's 17 hits.

"Every time you face one of the best pitchers in the league, it's a great challenge to be able to beat him. We know we have to do every little thing. Don't try to make him feel comfortable on the mound and that's what we did today."

"I thought he was up for the most part and they were ready to hit," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "They are a good hitting ballclub, ready to hit it."

While the offense gave him an early lead, Martin Perez (8-3) limited the Mariners to two runs and five hits in six innings. Perez breezed through the Mariners lineup, not allowing a hit until Kyle Seager's one-out single in the fourth.

The right-hander won his fifth straight decision -- he hasn't lost since July 21 -- and is the first Texas rookie pitcher to win five consecutive starts.

"He's growing," Washington said. "You're watching it right in front of your eyes. I just think you need to watch it and enjoy it. He just goes out there and does what he does. That's throw the fastball down in the zone, change speeds and use his breaking ball and move it around."

Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland also added homers for the Rangers, as every Texas starter got a hit except for Alex Rios, who had a walk, a stolen base and a run.

The three innings pitched for Hernandez ties the second-shortest outing of his career. The former AL Cy Young winner's ERA climbed from 2.63 to 2.97.

Dustin Ackley hit a solo home run and an RBI double for the Mariners, who have lost six straight games. Seager hit his career-high 21st homer in the sixth, a drive to right that struck a window in the second deck.

Notes

The Mariners said they will select top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker from Triple-A Tacoma and the 21-year-old right-hander will make his major league debut on Friday. ... Ackley is hitting .356 since the All-Star break to raise his season average to .253. He has two home runs in his past four games, after hitting just one in his first 85. ... Perez leads AL rookies with eight wins.

 
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Texas

L. Martin
AB 6
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Seattle

D. Ackley
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Leonys Martin, CF-RF6224011 .269
Elvis Andrus, SS4132100 .264
Ian Kinsler, 2B4221002 .279
Adrian Beltre, DH5132013 .329
Alex Rios, RF3100103 .275
   Craig Gentry, CF1000000 .250
Mitch Moreland, 1B5221032 .246
Geovany Soto, C5022010 .210
David Murphy, LF5210022 .221
Jurickson Profar, 3B5120012 .236
Totals4312171229  
Batting
2B - Elvis Andrus (16, Hernandez), Jurickson Profar (10, Hernandez)
HR - Leonys Martin (7, Hernandez), Adrian Beltre (28, Maurer), Mitch Moreland (20, Maurer)
RBI - Leonys Martin 4 (35), Elvis Andrus 2 (49), Ian Kinsler (58), Adrian Beltre 2 (81), Mitch Moreland (55), Geovany Soto 2 (17)
2-OUT RBI - Leonys Martin 3 (12), Elvis Andrus (22), Geovany Soto 2 (14)
SB - Ian Kinsler (11, 3rd base off Hernandez/Blanco), Alex Rios (31, 2nd base off Hernandez/Blanco)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - David Murphy 1
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Martin Perez (W,8-3) 6522232 3.58
Robbie Ross 1000010 2.67
Ross Wolf 2422250 4.14
Pitches-Strikes - Martin Perez 100-62, Robbie Ross 10-7, Ross Wolf 49-29
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Martin Perez 9-5, Robbie Ross 1-1, Ross Wolf 1-0
Batters Faced - Martin Perez 24, Robbie Ross 3, Ross Wolf 12
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brad Miller, SS-3B4120100 .264
Nick Franklin, 2B5000023 .227
Kyle Seager, 3B3121000 .277
   Brendan Ryan, SS1000112 .194
Kendrys Morales, DH4010012 .281
Raul Ibanez, LF2011200 .251
Justin Smoak, 1B4000025 .252
Michael Saunders, RF4110001 .235
Dustin Ackley, CF4122010 .256
Henry Blanco, C4000021 .158
Totals3549449  
Batting
2B - Dustin Ackley (16, Wolf)
HR - Kyle Seager (21, Perez), Dustin Ackley (3, Perez)
RBI - Kyle Seager (61), Raul Ibanez (60), Dustin Ackley 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Raul Ibanez (20)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Seager-Franklin-Smoak
E - Henry Blanco (3, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felix Hernandez (L,12-8) 31198121 2.97
Brandon Maurer 4633142 6.59
Lucas Luetge 2000030 5.00
HBP - Kinsler (by Brandon Maurer)
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 78-44, Brandon Maurer 70-45, Lucas Luetge 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 5-2, Brandon Maurer 5-2, Lucas Luetge 1-2
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 21, Brandon Maurer 19, Lucas Luetge 6
Game Information
Attendance - 22420
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor