Rangers 6, Marlins 2

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MIAMI (AP)—The Texas Rangers ended their longest losing streak of the season thanks to two pitchers making their season debuts.

Ricardo Rodriguez pitched five effective innings and John Wasdin earned a four-inning save to help the Rangers snap a five-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over the Florida Marlins.

Richard Hidalgo’s two-run homer in the eighth provided insurance runs.

Both Rodriguez and Wasdin joined the Rangers hours before the game. Rodriguez (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma, allowed two runs and seven hits, walked one and struck out five. He also had his first career hit and first career RBI.

“I wasn’t nervous, I was excited. I had nice adrenaline,” said Rodriguez, who has a 9-12 career record. “But after, that I had to calm myself down. That’s the only way I could keep myself in the game as long as possible.”

Wasdin, whose contract was purchased from Oklahoma earlier Sunday, got his fourth career save—first since July 16, 2000, against Montreal while he with Boston.

“I was down in Oklahoma, still getting my job done, trying to be the best Triple-A pitcher I could be,” said Wasdin, who took a 6 a.m. flight from New Orleans and arrive at Dolphins Stadium about four hours before gametime. “I didn’t moan or groan when transactions happened, I just did my job.”

Brian Moehler (2-4) gave up four runs, seven hits and three walks—one intentional—and struck out a season-high seven for the Marlins, who have lost 13 of 18. Moehler dropped to 0-3 at home despite a 2.33 ERA.

“We’re in good shape, this is a long season,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. “August and September is when the cream comes to the top.”

Texas extended its lead to 4-2 in the sixth on Rod Barajas’ run-scoring double—a low line drive just to the right of second baseman Damion Easley.

Hidalgo’s two-run shot off Guillermo Mota in the eighth made it 6-2. Hidalgo has 12 homers on the season, including eight of his last 17 hits overall.

“We knew we couldn’t lose a sixth game in a row,” Hidalgo said. “Our pitching did the job today.”

Texas went ahead 1-0 in the first on Hank Blalock’s two-out double.

Florida tied it in the bottom of the inning on Miguel Cabrera’s RBI single, and went ahead 2-1 in the third on Jeff Conine’s two-out run-scoring double.

Rodriguez’s first career hit and first career RBI capped a two-run fourth that gave Texas a 3-2 lead. Blalock led off by reaching on an infield single when first baseman Carlos Delgado made a nice diving stop but Moehler was late covering the bag.

“I just got a late first step,” Moehler said. “My fault. That’s all it takes for him to beat it out.”

Alfonso Soriano then doubled to deep right-center field, putting runners on second and third. After Laynce Nix’s ground out scored Blalock, Rodriguez slapped a single to left for his first hit in seven career at-bats.

“All our pitchers did a great job swinging the bat in the whole interleague series,” Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. “But I would not hold my breath that would continue with Ricardo.”


Umpire Troy Fullwood filled in for crew chief Randy Marsh, who missed his second straight game because of a family medical emergency. Fullwood worked second base. … Before the game, the Rangers placed right-hander Joaquin Benoit (elbow tendinitis) on the 15-day disabled, and designated outfielder Andres Torres for assignment. … Texas’ Mark Teixeira was 1-for-15 in the series. … Marlins pinch hitter Paul Lo Duca was ejected in the ninth after arguing a called third strike.

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