Marlins 8, Rangers 0
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)—Ivan Rodriguez had an RBI single and scored twice in his first game as an opposing player at Texas, and caught Florida’s third shutout of the season as the Marlins beat the Rangers 8-0 Friday night.
Texas was held to five hits and shut out for the second night in a row, and the fourth time this season. The Rangers hadn’t gone scoreless in two straight games since September 1992, and had never done that at The Ballpark in Arlington.
Rodriguez finished 1-for-4, including the first of three straight RBI singles by Florida in the eighth to extend its lead. Pudge had a leadoff walk in the third and scored to put the Marlins ahead 3-0.
The 10-time All-Star catcher and 10-time Gold Glove winner was just 19 years old when he became the Texas starter in 1991. He stayed through last season before the Rangers refused a new contract or salary arbitration, and let one of the franchise’s most popular players become a free agent.
Penny threw 56 pitches the first two innings, when Texas left five men on base, then needed just 58 more and got out of another bases-loaded jam the next five innings.
Mounce gave up five runs on nine hits over 4 1-3 innings, facing just two more batters after Lowell led off the fifth with his homer that put the Marlins up 5-0. He struck out two and walked three.
The Rangers purchased Mounce’s contract Friday from Triple-A Oklahoma. Mounce was drafted by the Houston Astros in the seventh round in 1994, and pitched 241 games in the minors before making the majors.
A night after leaving 14 men on base in an 11-0 loss to the New York Mets, the Rangers stranded nine more runners. They twice left the bases loaded.
Penny walked the bases loaded with one out in the first before Carl Everett popped out to short center and Mark Teixeira struck out. Everett struck out to end the fifth with the bases loaded, just like he did Thursday night.
On Everett’s popup in the first, Alex Gonzalez backpedaled and made the catch as center fielder Juan Pierre fell under his extended arm. The Florida shortstop started an inning-ending double play in the fourth, shuffling to his right to field a sharp grounder.
The Marlins went ahead to stay after Derek Lee and Gonzalez had consecutive doubles to start the second, and Pierre had an RBI groundout. Brian Banks had a leadoff double in the fourth and scored on Luis Castillo’s single.
The start of the game was delayed 41 minutes by rain. … Texas has gone 21 straight innings without scoring, since the sixth inning in an 8-2 loss to the Mets on Wednesday night. … Mounce was the 22nd different pitcher, and 11th starter, used by Texas this season. … The four walks by Perry were themost since five in his first start of the season, April 6 at Atlanta.