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Poreda, Moreland lift Rangers past Mariners

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SEATTLE -- After three more years in the minors and another lost season to Tommy John surgery, Aaron Poreda wondered if he would ever get a chance to win another major league game.

He got an answer for that question on Saturday night.

Poreda pitched two scoreless innings to get the win when the Texas Rangers held off the Seattle Mariners for a 6-3 victory Saturday night.

Mitch Moreland drove in Prince Fielder with a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth, and Texas added two more runs in the ninth.

It was Poreda's first victory since June 25, 2009, for the Chicago White Sox against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"It's amazing just to be back," Poreda said. "It's amazing to be put in the opportunity to get a win."

Poreda (1-0) allowed one hit, struck out two and issued an intentional walk. With two runners on in the seventh inning, Poreda struck out Kyle Seager with a slider to keep the game tied at 3.

"He threw strikes, had a good changeup working," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "It helped us tremendously that he gave us those two innings."

Texas added two more runs in the ninth against Joe Beimel. Leonys Martin scored on a wild pitch and Fielder singled in Elvis Andrus to give Texas a 6-3 cushion.

Joakim Soria pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save in six chances.

Poreda is getting more work due in part to Pedro Figueroa landing on the disabled list with left elbow inflammation. But Poreda thinks there is room in the bullpen for both left-handers when Figueroa returns. He also isn't planning to wait another five years to get his next victory.

"I have a lot higher expectations and goals than just one win. This is just the start of a great season," Poreda said.

In the leadoff spot for the first time this season, Michael Saunders homered off Colby Lewis to give the Mariners an early 1-0 lead. Seager led off the second with another homer and then scored on Mike Zunino's sacrifice fly in the fourth.

The Rangers appeared to be in trouble, down 3-0 with Felix Hernandez on the mound for Seattle. But Texas managed to run up Hernandez's pitch count and broke through for three runs in the fifth inning.

Singles from Moreland, Donnie Murphy and Martin loaded the bases with no outs. Robinson Chirinos drew a walk on four pitches to push Moreland across for the Rangers' first run. Michael Choice singled in another run and Andrus' sacrifice fly tied it at 3.

"They were swinging at the first pitch and I was making a mistake staying in the middle of the plate and they were able to put a good swing on it," Hernandez said. "Three straight hits and after that, I don't even remember the last time I walked somebody on four straight pitches with the bases loaded."

Hernandez allowed five hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked three. Charlie Furbush (0-2) got the loss.

Notes

Texas is expected to activate LHP Matt Harrison from the 15-day disabled to start Sunday's series finale. Harrison hasn't appeared in a game since April 6, 2013. Harrison was the opening-day starter for Texas last season but only made two starts before landing on the disabled list in need of surgeries to his back and torso. He won 18 games for the Rangers in 2012. RHP Brandon Maurer (0-0, 2.08 ERA) will start for Seattle ... It was Saunders' third career leadoff homer. ... Seager is batting .360 (9 for 25) with three homers and seven RBIs in his last seven starts. He's raised his average from .170 to .213 over that span.

 
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Aaron Poreda earns his first victory since 2009 as the Rangers knock off the Mariners in Seattle.  (USATSI)
Aaron Poreda earns his first victory since 2009 as the Rangers knock off the Mariners in Seattle. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Seattle

K. Seager
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Texas

L. Martin
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Choice, LF5011012 .214
Elvis Andrus, SS3111111 .264
Prince Fielder, DH4111002 .216
Adrian Beltre, 3B4020102 .297
Alex Rios, RF5010013 .323
Mitch Moreland, 1B3111001 .263
Donnie Murphy, 2B4110013 .232
Leonys Martin, CF4220022 .312
Robinson Chirinos, C2011100 .217
Colby Lewis, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Poreda, P0000000 .000
   Neal Cotts, P0000000 .000
   Alexi Ogando, P0000000 .000
   Joakim Soria, P0000000 .000
Totals34611536  
Batting
2B - Elvis Andrus (5, Beimel)
SF - Elvis Andrus (1), Mitch Moreland (2)
SH - Robinson Chirinos (2)
RBI - Michael Choice (7), Elvis Andrus (5), Prince Fielder (8), Mitch Moreland (8), Robinson Chirinos (7)
2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder (4)
SB - Alex Rios (5, 2nd base off Hernandez/Zunino)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Elvis Andrus (5, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Colby Lewis 5533362 4.60
Aaron Poreda (W,1-0) 2100120 0.00
Neal Cotts (H,2) 0.2000020 7.27
Alexi Ogando (H,5) 0.1000010 4.63
Joakim Soria (S,6) 1000010 3.60
IBB - Hart by Aaron Poreda
HBP - Zunino (by Colby Lewis)
Pitches-Strikes - Colby Lewis 91-55, Aaron Poreda 20-12, Neal Cotts 10-6, Alexi Ogando 6-4, Joakim Soria 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Colby Lewis 2-7, Aaron Poreda 2-2, Joakim Soria 1-1
Batters Faced - Colby Lewis 24, Aaron Poreda 8, Neal Cotts 2, Alexi Ogando 1, Joakim Soria 3
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Saunders, RF3111012 .189
   a-Stefen Romero, PH-RF2010000 .276
Abraham Almonte, CF5000031 .204
Robinson Cano, 2B3010100 .292
Corey Hart, DH3000122 .246
Kyle Seager, 3B4221013 .213
Justin Smoak, 1B3010120 .241
Dustin Ackley, LF3000121 .227
Mike Zunino, C2001011 .235
Brad Miller, SS4000004 .174
Felix Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   Tom Wilhelmsen, P0000000 .000
   Charlie Furbush, P0000000 .000
   Yoervis Medina, P0000000 .000
   Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   Danny Farquhar, P0000000 .000
Totals32363412  
a-singled for Saunders in the 7th
Batting
HR - Michael Saunders (1, Lewis), Kyle Seager (3, Lewis)
SF - Mike Zunino (1)
RBI - Michael Saunders (3), Kyle Seager (9), Mike Zunino (10)
SB - Robinson Cano (1, 2nd base off Lewis/Chirinos)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Cano-Smoak
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felix Hernandez 6533340 2.40
Tom Wilhelmsen 1100020 4.35
Charlie Furbush (L,0-2) 0011000 6.43
Yoervis Medina 1100000 3.18
Joe Beimel 0.2422000 3.60
Danny Farquhar 0.1000000 1.64
WP - Joe Beimel (2)
HBP - Fielder (by Charlie Furbush)
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 107-66, Tom Wilhelmsen 18-13, Charlie Furbush 3-1, Yoervis Medina 11-5, Joe Beimel 13-9, Danny Farquhar 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 8-5, Tom Wilhelmsen 1-0, Yoervis Medina 2-1, Joe Beimel 2-0, Danny Farquhar 1-0
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 25, Tom Wilhelmsen 4, Charlie Furbush 1, Yoervis Medina 4, Joe Beimel 6, Danny Farquhar 1
Game Information
Attendance - 30038
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 56
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Gabe Morales, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt