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Lewis goes 5 shutout innings, Rangers top Mariners


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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Colby Lewis threw five scoreless innings for the Texas Rangers in a 5-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.

Lewis gave up five hits, struck out three and walked one.

Lewis, the 2012 Rangers' opening-day starter, is coming back from hip and elbow surgery. He has not pitched in the majors since July 27, 2012, and Texas plans to start him in the minors as he builds up strength.

''I'm healthy,'' Lewis said. ''Write what you want to write. I'm really not in a mood to be talking. That's all I've got.''

Lewis was not happy he was left out of the Rangers' starting rotation, which includes Tanner Scheppers and Robbie Ross - who have been used strictly in relief in the majors - and minor leaguer Nick Martinez, who was not in the big league camp.

Lewis is scheduled to start a minor league exhibition game Tuesday at Round Rock against Fresno, the Rangers' Triple-A and Double-A affiliates.

''I guess,'' Lewis said. ''I go as directed, right now.''

Lewis lowered his ERA from 18 to 8. In his previous start against major league competition, he yielded five runs on five hits, including two home runs, and three walks in 1 1-3 innings against Oakland.

''He threw the ball well today, 72 pitches, five innings, moved the ball around,'' Rangers manager Ron Washington said. ''He kept his fastball out of the middle of the plate and was able to spot it like he wanted to.''

Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez held Texas to one run and three hits, walking none and striking out six in five-plus innings.

The Rangers scored four times in the sixth after Ramirez was replaced by Charlie Furbush. Kevin Kouzmanoff, who has not played in the majors since 2011, hit a three-run homer.

Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer for the Mariners.

STARTING TIME

Mariners: Ramirez has a 1.14 ERA in six outings, allowing just one run and seven hits, while striking out 10 and walking none in 11 innings in his final two starts.

''Today every single thing was working,'' Ramirez said. ''I just have to continue to do what I've been doing on what's going on in this spring training. I'm happy with what happened today and the last games.''

Rangers: Lewis gave up a double and three singles in his longest spring outing.

MARTINEZ SHOCKED

Martinez thought he would open the season with Double-A Frisco, where he finished last season. Instead, he was told Wednesday he would be the No. 5 Rangers starter.

''Surreal, I can't believe it's happening,'' Martinez said. ''I was a little shocked at first. It still really hasn't set in. It's been pretty crazy so far. I think my dad might still be crying.''

STREAKING MARINERS

Dustin Ackley singled in the sixth and has hit safely in 20 of 22 games, batting .406. Brad Miller went 1 for 2 with a walk and is hitting .439, tops in the Cactus League. Robinson Cano's average dipped to .435 after going hitless in three at-bats with a strikeout.

NEW ADDITIONS

Among the Rangers' plethora of roster moves, they made two waivers claims: veteran infielder Donnie Murphy from the Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Seth Rosin from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Rosin, a Rule 5 draft pick, has never pitched in the majors.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: Corey Hart (right forearm stiffness) has not played since March 20, but is getting at-bats in minor league games.

Rangers: Yu Darvish got a positive report on his stiff neck after being examined Wednesday by Dr. Keith Meister in Dallas. There is no structural damage and no injection will be needed.

''It's as good as news we could have gotten,'' Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said. Darvish will resume playing catch Saturday, but will start the season on the disabled list to regain stamina and arm strength. He has not pitched since March 16.

 
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Players of the Game
Texas

K. Kouzmanoff
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Seattle

J. Smoak
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Endy Chavez, CF4010001 .297
Brad Miller, SS2010110 .439
   Chris Taylor, PR-SS1000011 .125
Robinson Cano, DH3000013 .435
   Jabari Blash, PR-DH1100011 .250
Justin Smoak, 1B3112000 .311
   Stefen Romero, 1B1000000 .291
Michael Saunders, RF4120000 .306
   Leon Landry, RF0000000 .273
Nick Franklin, 2B4020001 .265
   Tyler Smith, 2B0000000 .538
Dustin Ackley, LF3011002 .406
   Nate Tenbrink, PR-LF1010000 .500
Willie Bloomquist, 3B4010001 .233
John Buck, C3010011 .250
   John Hicks, PR0000000 .000
   Humberto Quintero, C1000000 .280
Erasmo Ramirez, P0000000 .000
   Charlie Furbush, P0000000 .000
   Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   Danny Farquhar, P0000000 .000
Totals35311315  
Batting
2B - Nick Franklin (4, Lewis), John Buck (2, Cotts)
HR - Justin Smoak (3, D. McCutchen)
RBI - Justin Smoak 2 (10), Dustin Ackley (16)
2-OUT RBI - Dustin Ackley (8)
CS - Nick Franklin (1, 2nd base by D. McCutchen/Chirinos)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Willie Bloomquist (3, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Erasmo Ramirez 5311060 1.14
Charlie Furbush (L,0-2; BS,2) 1333001 8.59
Joe Beimel 1110100 2.84
Danny Farquhar 1100010 3.60
WP - Erasmo Ramirez (2), Charlie Furbush (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Erasmo Ramirez 71-50, Charlie Furbush 13-11, Joe Beimel 15-10, Danny Farquhar 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erasmo Ramirez 2-7, Joe Beimel 3-1, Danny Farquhar 2-0
Batters Faced - Erasmo Ramirez 18, Charlie Furbush 6, Joe Beimel 6, Danny Farquhar 4
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, LF1000010 .170
   a-Elvis Andrus, PH1000001 .283
   Jose Gonzalez, LF2000001 .000
Josh Wilson, 2B3110001 .245
   Kensuke Tanaka, 2B1000001 .200
Prince Fielder, 1B1000000 .262
   Joe Jackson, 1B3111012 .333
Adrian Beltre, 3B1000010 .231
   Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B3123000 .360
Alex Rios, RF1000010 .325
   Jim Adduci, RF3000010 .306
Mitch Moreland, DH1010000 .286
   b-Jordan Brown, PH-DH3000001 .000
J.P. Arencibia, C2000011 .216
   Robinson Chirinos, C2110011 .448
Leonys Martin, CF1000000 .273
   Michael Choice, CF1000100 .361
Adam Rosales, SS2120000 .167
   Isiah Kiner-Falefa, SS0000000 .000
Colby Lewis, P0000000 .000
   Daniel McCutchen, P0000000 .000
   Neal Cotts, P0000000 .000
   Alexi Ogando, P0000000 .000
   Joakim Soria, P0000000 .000
Totals3258417  
a-flied out for Choo in the 3rd
b-flied out for Moreland in the 5th
Batting
2B - Robinson Chirinos (4, Beimel), Adam Rosales (2, Ramirez)
HR - Kevin Kouzmanoff (2, Furbush)
SH - Isiah Kiner-Falefa (1)
RBI - Joe Jackson (1), Kevin Kouzmanoff 3 (11)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Rosales-Wilson-Jackson, Rosales-Wilson-Jackson-Jackson
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Colby Lewis 5400130 8.00
Daniel McCutchen (W,1-0) 1533001 8.31
Neal Cotts (H,2) 1100020 8.10
Alexi Ogando (H,1) 1000000 5.84
Joakim Soria (S,1) 1100000 1.00
WP - Neal Cotts (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Colby Lewis 72-46, Daniel McCutchen 27-18, Neal Cotts 14-9, Alexi Ogando 9-6, Joakim Soria 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Colby Lewis 4-7, Daniel McCutchen 1-1, Alexi Ogando 2-1
Batters Faced - Colby Lewis 19, Daniel McCutchen 7, Neal Cotts 4, Alexi Ogando 3, Joakim Soria 3
Game Information
Attendance - 7621
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Allen Bailey, Second Base - Joseph Born, Third Base - Nick Lentz