Treanor’s triple gives Rangers 3-2 win over Fish

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MIAMI (AP)—Matt Treanor(notes) had to wait until the ninth inning to get a chance against his former team.

The payoff was well worth it.

His pinch-hit, two-run triple in the ninth inning lifted the Texas Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Florida Marlins on Tuesday night.

“I had feelings,” said Treanor, who played five seasons with the Marlins from 2004-2008. “I think anybody that has a chance to play their former team, their always wanting to show them that ‘Hey, I’m a quality player and I feel I deserve to be here.”’

Josh Hamilton(notes) led off the ninth with a single and stole second before Justin Smoak(notes) popped up and David Murphy(notes) advanced him on a groundout. Julio Borbon(notes) walked before Treanor’s hit off Leo Nunez(notes) (2-1) gave the Rangers their sixth win in seven games.

He didn’t want to use the word revenge, though.

“I’m not a journalist, but I’d say ‘elated,”’ Treanor said.

Manager Ron Washington elected to go with Treanor although he had a left-handed bat on the bench to face Nunez, a righty.

“I think Treanor was the better hitter,” Washington said. “I wasn’t worried about right versus right or left versus right, I was worried about getting the best hitter in the box and I thought Treanor was it. He went up there and proved us right.”

Neftali Feliz(notes) pitched a scoreless ninth for his 16th save in 18 opportunities.

Alexi Ogando(notes) (1-0), a 26-year old right-hander, pitched a scoreless eighth inning to win in his major league debut.

It was Nunez’s (2-1) third blown save in 16 chances.

“Leo’s been really good,” Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “It happens.”

Hanley Ramirez(notes) hit a two-run homer off starter C.J. Wilson(notes) in the sixth inning to give the Marlins a 2-1 lead. Wilson threw six innings, allowed two runs and two hits.

“I don’t give up a lot of home runs,” Wilson said. “That was a sinker down in the zone and he just murdered it. I haven’t had a guy hit a ball like that to center field off me that I can ever remember.”

Marlins’ ace Josh Johnson(notes) was in line for the win after allowing one run, four hits, and striking out seven. He is 4-1 with a 0.55 ERA in his last seven starts.

The Marlins managed just three hits, but drew a season-high eight walks including three apiece by Dan Uggla(notes) and Gaby Sanchez(notes).

A pair of Rangers players extended their hitting streaks with singles in the first. Hamilton’s RBI base hit to center gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead and gave him a career-long 11-game hitting streak. Before to Hamilton’s at-bat, Guerrero stretched his hitting streak to 12 games.

Notes: Ramirez homered at Sun Life Stadium for just the second time in his last 18 games. … Florida’s highly-touted rookie OF Mike Stanton(notes) made his home debut and received a standing ovation before his first at-bat. He went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. … Johnson has made 12 consecutive quality starts and lowered his home ERA to 1.48. … Wilson made his first plate appearance at any professional level and went 0 for 2. … Treanor’s last triple was the first since April 8, 2007, for the Marlins against Philadelphia.

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