Mariners falter in 9th, lose 3-2 in Texas

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 16, 2014 at 11:36 pm •  Published: April 16, 2014
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The ace pitchers were out of the game, and the Seattle Mariners had the lead with two outs in the ninth inning.

After a botched force play and a wild pitch that allowed the tying run to come home, Leonys Martin had another big hit for the Texas Rangers.

Seattle closer Fernando Rodney was charged with two unearned runs and the Mariners lost 3-2 on Martin's game-ending RBI single on Wednesday night. Martin also chased Felix Hernandez with a leadoff triple in the eighth.

"Rodney did a great job. It was unfortunate that we made the error," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "It's a 162-game schedule. You're going to win your share of those, and you're going to lose your share. When you're on the losing end, it doesn't feel good."

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."

It was Seattle's first error in five games, and only its second in 12 games.

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)."

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