ARLINGTON, Texas - The Texas Rangers used their highest scoring output in a single inning this season to beat the Seattle Mariners Friday night 7-0 at Rangers Ballpark
Texas (10-6) scored six runs off of five hits in the sixth inning, expanding a 1-0 lead created by a Jeff Baker home run in the second.
The run support was more than enough for a masterful Yu Darvish (3-1). Darvish set down the first six outs by way of the strikeout on the way to 10 overall. The right-hander allowed just three hits, without giving up a run, in seven innings pitched against the Mariners (7-11).
Darvish moved into the top five all-time in Rangers history with his 10th double-digit strikeout total - his second of the season. Darvish struck out a career-high 14 against the Houston Astros on April 2, coming just one out away from a perfect game.
Baker, making just his third start of the year for the Rangers, sent a 2-1 pitch with two outs in the second inning sailing into the Texas bullpen for the opening run. Texas would look to rally again with two outs in the third and fourth innings, putting runners on the corners in each. However, ground balls to the infield would end each threat.
Texas opened up the lead in the fifth, however. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for the Rangers with one out. A.J. Pierzynski singled to left to score Lance Berkman and Adrian Beltre.
Another run scored on a David Murphy groundout, and Craig Gentry scored two more with a line drive triple to left field. Ian Kinsler completed the scoring in the inning with an RBI double.
The six runs in the fifth were a season-high for the Rangers in a single inning, breaking its total scored against the Los Angeles Angels on April 8 by three.
Seattle starter Joe Saunders (1-2) lasted just 4 2/3 innings in his start, allowing nine hits and seven earned runs. The start was much different from his previous outing, coming against the Rangers in a no-decision on April 13. A start in which he allowed just three hits.
Darvish's replacement, Robbie Ross, entered the game in the eighth. Ross would strike out three in the inning, pitching around a bases loaded jam.
Notes: Texas announced before the game that opening day starter Matt Harrison would have surgery on a herniated disc on Tuesday. Harrison is expected to be out until at least the All-Star break according to manager Ron Washington... Prior to the game, Rangers outfielder Julio Borbon was claimed off of waivers by the Chicago Cubs... The Mariners announced that Michael Sunders, on the 15-day disabled list for a shoulder sprain, could return as early as April 26 against the Mariners.