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Rangers rally past M's in ninth to spoil King Felix gem

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas center fielder Leonys Martin wound up being the star of a battle of top pitchers.

Martin had a leadoff triple in the eighth that chased Seattle ace Felix Hernandez. An inning later, Martin singled in the winning run with two out as the Rangers scored two unearned runs off closer Fernando Rodney for a 3-2 win over the Mariners on Wednesday night.

''He was in the middle of the first run by hitting the triple off Hernandez, who was outstanding tonight,'' Rangers manager Ron Washington said. ''And then he comes up in that situation against one of the best closers in the game. He just tried to put the ball in play, and it worked. It's good for him, it's good for the team, and we can build on it.''

Rodney (0-1) retired the first two in the ninth before Kevin Kouzmanoff's single ricocheted off the glove of sliding shortstop Brad Miller and dribbled into the outfield. Mitch Moreland drew a walk before pinch-hitter Donnie Murphy's grounder was fielded by Miller, whose toss to second base was high. The error allowed Moreland to slide in safely and extended the game.

''It was hit right at me. It kind of ran up on me,'' Miller said. ''I threw it too high. I saw it was too high off the get-go. Everybody did their part but me. Everybody played their butts off. I've just got to make that play next time.''

Rodney then threw a wild pitch that allowed the tying run to score. Martin's sharp single to left gave Texas its fourth victory in its final at-bat at home already this season. It was Rodney's first blown save in four chances.

Pedro Figueroa (1-0) worked a perfect ninth for his first major league victory.

Hernandez retired 10 in a row before Martin's triple. He allowed four hits and one run, when Martin scored on a sacrifice fly against pinch-hitter Michael Choice, the first batter for reliever Charlie Furbush.

''All of my pitches were working. I just made one mistake in the game,'' said Hernandez, who struck out nine. ''That was that fastball to [Martin].''

Texas ace Yu Darvish struck eight and walked two in seven innings, but remains winless in his last eight home starts despite a 2.33 ERA in those games.

Darvish didn't allow a run in his first two starts of the season, but was down 2-0 in the second after No. 9 hitter Mike Zunino and Abraham Almonte had consecutive two-out RBI singles.

''You've got to give Seattle credit, they fought him pretty hard for their at-bats, they just wasn't going up there making outs,'' Washington said. ''That was their two runs. ... He kept us in the game, he really did. Usually when you give Felix one or two runs, he know how to take it to the house, but we kept battling him and we finally got him out of the game and some good things happened.''

Martin also had a nifty running catch, reaching and lunging with his arm fully extended steps from the center-field wall to rob Dustin Ackley of a hit in the sixth.

But there was also a play in the fourth when Zunino reached on what was ruled a single after a ball dropped between Martin and left fielder Shin-Soo Choo, who were both calling for the ball but backed off to avoid a collision. That was the last of Seattle's seven hits in the game.

This was the third head-to-head matchup of the star pitchers, and the first since 2012, the same year Darvish came to the major leagues from Japan. Hernandez won the first two, and has given up only two runs over 24 innings (0.75 ERA) in the three games -- while Darvish has a 6.75 ERA (13 earned runs over 17 1/3 innings) opposing King Felix.

Notes

Nick Franklin, who had a one-out triple in the second before scoring Seattle's first run, was recalled earlier Wednesday along with outfielder James Jones after left-hander Blake Beavan (shoulder tendinitis) and outfielder Logan Morrison (strained right hamstring) were put on the 15-day disabled list. ... The Mariners had to hold up momentarily before coming off the field at the end of the fourth when Washington came out to question a force play at second base for the third out. Washington didn't challenge and ask umpires to look at the replay, which showed clearly that Moreland was out by a step.

 
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The Rangers celebrate after Leonys Martin (ground) drives in the winning run to complete the ninth-inning rally. (USATSI)
The Rangers celebrate after Leonys Martin (ground) drives in the winning run to complete the ninth-inning rally. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Texas

L. Martin
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Seattle

F. Hernandez
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 9
 

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Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Abraham Almonte, CF4021022 .237
Brad Miller, SS4000005 .200
Robinson Cano, 2B4000011 .278
Kyle Seager, 3B4010001 .156
Michael Saunders, RF3000111 .200
Nick Franklin, DH4110022 .250
Justin Smoak, 1B4010021 .245
Dustin Ackley, LF3100111 .277
Mike Zunino, C4021000 .277
Felix Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   Charlie Furbush, P0000000 .000
   Yoervis Medina, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Rodney, P0000000 .000
Totals3427229  
Batting
3B - Nick Franklin (1, Darvish)
RBI - Abraham Almonte (6), Mike Zunino (9)
2-OUT RBI - Abraham Almonte (3), Mike Zunino (1)
SB - Abraham Almonte (2, 2nd base off Darvish/Chirinos), Michael Saunders (1, 2nd base off Darvish/Chirinos)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Brad Miller (2, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felix Hernandez 7411190 1.91
Charlie Furbush (H,4) 0.2000010 6.23
Yoervis Medina (H,4) 0.1000010 1.17
Fernando Rodney (L,0-1; BS,1) 0.2220110 0.00
WP - Fernando Rodney (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 96-68, Charlie Furbush 12-7, Yoervis Medina 5-3, Fernando Rodney 24-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 8-4, Fernando Rodney 1-1
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 26, Charlie Furbush 2, Yoervis Medina 1, Fernando Rodney 6
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, LF4010020 .283
Elvis Andrus, SS4010020 .305
Alex Rios, RF4010012 .276
Prince Fielder, 1B4000011 .172
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4110020 .417
Mitch Moreland, DH2100200 .250
Josh Wilson, 2B3000011 .296
   a-Donnie Murphy, PH1000000 .200
Leonys Martin, CF4121020 .277
Robinson Chirinos, C2000010 .160
   b-Jim Adduci, PH0000000 .375
   c-Michael Choice, PH0001000 .200
   J.P. Arencibia, C0000000 .083
Yu Darvish, P0000000 .000
   Jason Frasor, P0000000 .000
   Pedro Figueroa, P0000000 .000
Totals32362212  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Wilson in the 9th
b-announced for Chirinos in the 8th
c-hit a sacrifice fly for Adduci in the 8th
Batting
2B - Alex Rios (4, Hernandez)
3B - Leonys Martin (1, Hernandez)
SF - Michael Choice (2)
RBI - Leonys Martin (5), Michael Choice (3)
2-OUT RBI - Leonys Martin (3)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Shin-Soo Choo (1, Throwing)
PB - Robinson Chirinos (1)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yu Darvish 7722280 0.82
Jason Frasor 1000010 0.00
Pedro Figueroa (W,1-1) 1000000 5.68
Pitches-Strikes - Yu Darvish 107-66, Jason Frasor 6-5, Pedro Figueroa 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yu Darvish 5-8, Jason Frasor 1-1, Pedro Figueroa 2-1
Batters Faced - Yu Darvish 30, Jason Frasor 3, Pedro Figueroa 3
Game Information
Attendance - 27396
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Will Little, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Mark Carlson