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ARLINGTON, Texas -- A brief power display by the Texas Rangers was all the support left-hander Robbie Ross Jr. needed in a 5-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday.

Ross (1-0) earned his first win as a starter by throwing 7 2/3 scoreless innings on a rare 60-degree night at Globe Life Park. Ross, who spent his first two major league seasons in the bullpen, allowed five hits and no walks.

Ross recorded just two strikeouts -- the first two batters of the game -- but induced 16 ground-ball outs in his 90 pitches (59 for strikes).

Back-to-back solo home runs by first baseman Prince Fielder and third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff gave Ross a two-run cushion in the second inning.

Ross, who didn't get past the sixth inning in his previous two starts, was replaced by right-hander Alexi Ogando in the eighth. Ogando finished the inning, and left-hander Neal Cotts tossed a scoreless ninth.

The Rangers, who scored just one run in three of their four previous games, added three in the bottom of the eighth Tuesday.

Kouzmanoff knocked in two with his second double of the night, and designated hitter Mitch Moreland plated Kouzmanoff with a single.

The Mariners managed seven hits while getting shut out for the third time this season.

Texas jumped on top in the second when Fielder led off with a 416-foot blast to right-center off Mariners right-hander Blake Beavan (0-1). It marked the first home run of the season for the struggling Fielder, who entered the game hitting .176 with three RBIs.

Two pitches after Fielder's homer, Kouzmanoff sent a shot 405 feet over the wall in left. The homer was also his first of the season. Kouzmanoff started in place of Adrian Beltre, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a strained left quad.

Beavan, a former Rangers draft pick, settled down after the back-to-back homers but was removed after four innings.

Beavan, who threw 63 pitches (38 for strikes), was making his first start in the majors this season and his first appearance in the big leagues since July 2013. Beavan, who played high school baseball in nearby Irving, Texas, allowed six hits and no walks with one strikeout.

NOTES: The back-to-back homers in the second inning gave the Rangers their first multi-homer game of the season. The Rangers had hit just five home runs entering Tuesday and just two home runs in their first seven home games. ... The Mariners called up RHP Blake Beavan to make the start, and they optioned LHP Lucas Luetge to Triple-A Tacoma. ... Tuesday's game was the annual tribute to Jackie Robinson, with every player on both teams wearing Robinson's number 42. ... Wednesday's game will feature a duel of aces between Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez (3-0, 2.11 ERA) and Rangers RHP Yu Darvish (1-0, 0.00).
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