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Rangers nip M's, lift Tepesch to first win in over 10 months

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Nick Tepesch and Robbie Ross helped the Texas Rangers hold off the Seattle Mariners.

Tepesch, back from the minor leagues, earned his first major league victory in more than 10 months and the Rangers edged the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Wednesday.

Ross, back in the bullpen after an unsuccessful stint in the rotation, bailed Tepesch out of a seventh-inning jam.

Neal Cotts, whose ERA has ballooned from 1.11 in 2013 to 4.34 this season, had a strong eighth.

Joakim Soria, back in a closer's role this year for the first time since 2011, pitched a perfect ninth inning for his eighth save in eight opportunities.

The Rangers' offense had three first-inning runs and Shin-Soo Choo's leadoff home run in the bottom of the fifth that broke a 3-3 tie.

Choo's fifth homer went into the bullpen in left-center.

''Two strikes, I was in a rough spot. I think about more [getting] on base,'' he said.

''Got a home run that got up in that gust a little bit, that's it,'' Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. ''It's a tough ballpark to pitch in, but I thought [Chris Young] did a pretty darn good job for us.

Texas turned two double plays. The second was on Ross' second pitch after entering the game with one out and runners on first and second for the Mariners. Pinch hitter Stefen Romero grounded to Adrian Beltre, who stepped on third base and threw to first to complete the inning-ending double play.

''I was thinking, 'Gosh, here we go! I'm in a situation where I like to be.' I was pretty amped,'' Ross said. ''I wanted to be out of that inning without those runs scoring.''

Tepesch (1-0) allowed five hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings for his first win since defeating Houston 10-5 on July 5, 2013. The second-year pitcher threw a career-high 112 pitches.

It was his second start this season for the Rangers after being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock, where he was 6-1.

Texas manager Ron Washington has noticed a difference.

''He has an out pitch right now. He's got that slider working, and he's able to locate his sinker. With that going on and commanding the baseball, I think there's the difference right there.''

Washington visited Tepesch on the mound with one out in the seventh and Dustin Ackley coming up.

Tepesch assured the manager he was OK. Then he walked both Ackley and John Buck.

''I just wanted to know how he was feeling,'' Washington said. ''Did he think he had enough to get this lefty up there? Because I had a lefty ready. The look in his eyes, he convinced me, and I had to end up getting Robbie to bail me out.''

After that, it was Cotts striking out Robinson Cano, who had homered earlier, and Seager, who entered the game with a .358 average in Arlington, with a runner on second base in the eighth.

Against former Rangers right-hander Chris Young (3-2), Daniel Robertson led off the first with a walk and scored on Elvis Andrus' homer. Alex Rios singled home the third run.

Seattle tied it in the fourth. James Jones tripled and scored on Michael Saunders' single.

Cano then hit his two-run homer. Center fielder Michael Choice ran back to attempt a catch, but his glove hit the wall as the ball barely cleared it.

Seattle had only one baserunner against Tepesch in the first three innings: Seager on a leadoff single in the second. He was erased in an unusual 4-5-3 double play. With Texas' defense shifted to the right, Smoak grounded to second baseman Luis Sardinas, who threw to Beltre covering second. Beltre's relay throw to first beat Smoak.

Young gave up seven hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings.

''You have those games where if you can limit the damage early, you feel like you'll pitch a good game, and I gave up one too many in the first,'' Young said.

Notes

Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder (neck) missed a fourth consecutive game, and center fielder Leonys Martin (stiff neck) was not in the starting lineup for the second game in a row. Martin entered the game as a defensive replacement in the ninth. ... The teams split the two-game series.

 
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Nick Tepesch, back from the minor leagues, pitches 6 1/3 effective innings for his first victory since July 5.  (USATSI)
Nick Tepesch, back from the minor leagues, pitches 6 1/3 effective innings for his first victory since July 5. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Seattle

R. Cano
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Texas

S. Choo
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
James Jones, CF3110101 .314
Michael Saunders, RF3111000 .262
Robinson Cano, DH4122011 .326
Kyle Seager, 3B4010022 .237
Justin Smoak, 1B4000012 .232
Nick Franklin, 2B-SS4000010 .174
Dustin Ackley, LF3000110 .259
John Buck, C2000100 .219
Brad Miller, SS2000010 .156
   a-Stefen Romero, PH1000001 .209
   Willie Bloomquist, 2B0000000 .178
Chris Young, P0000000 .000
   Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   Dominic Leone, P0000000 .000
   Tom Wilhelmsen, P0000000 .000
Totals3035337  
a-grounded into a double play for Miller in the 7th
Batting
2B - Robinson Cano (11, Tepesch)
3B - James Jones (2, Tepesch)
HR - Robinson Cano (2, Tepesch)
SH - Michael Saunders (2)
RBI - Michael Saunders (13), Robinson Cano 2 (27)
Team LOB - 4
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Young (L,3-2) 6.1744312 3.53
Joe Beimel 0.1000010 2.57
Dominic Leone 0.1000000 1.53
Tom Wilhelmsen 1100000 2.05
HBP - Choo (by Chris Young)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 99-58, Joe Beimel 5-3, Dominic Leone 5-2, Tom Wilhelmsen 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 5-12, Tom Wilhelmsen 2-1
Batters Faced - Chris Young 29, Joe Beimel 1, Dominic Leone 1, Tom Wilhelmsen 4
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dan Robertson, LF3100101 .111
Elvis Andrus, SS4112000 .249
Shin-Soo Choo, DH3221010 .310
Adrian Beltre, 3B4020000 .268
Alex Rios, RF4021002 .301
Mitch Moreland, 1B3000102 .286
Chris Gimenez, C3000102 .000
Michael Choice, CF4000014 .194
   Leonys Martin, CF0000000 .282
Luis Sardinas, 2B3010003 .313
Nick Tepesch, P0000000 .000
   Robbie Ross, P0000000 .000
   Neal Cotts, P0000000 .000
   Joakim Soria, P0000000 .000
Totals3148432  
Batting
HR - Elvis Andrus (2, C. Young), Shin-Soo Choo (5, C. Young)
RBI - Elvis Andrus 2 (11), Shin-Soo Choo (13), Alex Rios (25)
SB - Alex Rios (8, 2nd base off Wilhelmsen/Buck)
CS - Dan Robertson (1, 2nd base by C. Young/Buck)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Sardinas-Beltre-Moreland, Sardinas-Beltre-Moreland-Beltre-Moreland
E - Adrian Beltre (6, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Nick Tepesch (W,1-0) 6.1533241 3.09
Robbie Ross (H,1) 0.2000000 4.71
Neal Cotts (H,5) 1000120 4.34
Joakim Soria (S,8) 1000010 2.25
Pitches-Strikes - Nick Tepesch 112-71, Robbie Ross 2-1, Neal Cotts 14-8, Joakim Soria 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nick Tepesch 11-4, Robbie Ross 1-0, Neal Cotts 1-0, Joakim Soria 2-0
Batters Faced - Nick Tepesch 26, Robbie Ross 1, Neal Cotts 4, Joakim Soria 3
Game Information
Attendance - 43654
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Tom Woodring, Second Base - D.J. Reyburn, Third Base - Dan Bellino