Rangers 15, Mariners 3

The SportsXchange

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers scored a season-high 15 runs Saturday night in defeating the Seattle Mariners 15-3 at Rangers Ballpark.

Texas (71-52) posted five runs in the second to take the lead and another eight in the eighth inning to put the game away. All 15 runs scored were without the benefit of a home run, the fourth time that's happened in club history and first time at home since 1977.

The Rangers continued to have the number of one of the American League's best pitchers. Felix Hernandez entered just 12-18 against the Rangers in his career and 0-2 in three starts this season, and failed to earn his first win on the road against Texas since 2010.

Texas sent five across the plate against Hernandez (12-6), all in the second, and knocked him out of the game in the fifth.

Seattle (56-65) fell for the third in its last four games, the lone win coming in the series opener of a three-game set on Friday.

Martin Perez pitched seven innings for Texas to improve to 6-3 on the year, picking up his third consecutive win. Perez gave up three earned runs while striking out five, allowing eight hits and walking one.

The Rangers batted around for the second time in the game during its breakout in the eighth. Texas combined for five hits in the inning, two coming from Ian Kinsler. The eight runs were a season-high for Texas at home, and its second-highest total behind a nine-run output on April 2.

Prior to that, the Rangers sent five home in the second, tied for the most against Hernandez this season.

Texas loaded the bases without recording an out thanks to back-to-back singles and a walk to open the inning. Following a strikeout, Jurickson Profar blooped a single to center to drive in a run and David Murphy followed with a drive off of the center-field wall for a two-run double.

Leonys Martin laid down a suicide squeeze to score Profar and Elvis Andrus capped the inning with Texas' fifth hit of the inning and plated Murphy.

Kyle Seager provided two of the Mariners' three runs. Seager followed up Brad Miller's lead-off double in the first with a single to open up scoring and then belted his second homer in as many nights in the third. Seager, plaguing the Rangers of late in Arlington, extended his hitting streak at Rangers Ballpark to 13 games.

Brendan Ryan added a Seattle run in the second with a single that scored Dustin Ackley from second.

Notes: Texas announced before the game that RHP Alexi Ogando would miss his scheduled start on Monday due to shoulder soreness in his right arm. Matt Garza will replace Ogando in Texas' game against the Astros. ... Murphy's two-run double in the second gave him a total of 16 runs batted in against Hernandez, the most of any player against the right-hander.

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