ARLINGTON – Leonys Martin hit his first career home run, Nelson Cruz swatted his fifth career grand slam and the Texas Rangers rolled to an 11-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday afternoon at Rangers Ballpark.
Texas swept the three-game series against Seattle for its first sweep of the season, and first sweep since taking all three games against San Diego from June 18-20, 2012. The Rangers outscored the Mariners 23-3 and got solid pitching throughout the series.
Justin Grimm picked up his first win of the season by allowing two runs over six innings. It was a much-needed performance, too, as the Rangers’ bullpen had to work 7 1/3 innings on Saturday.
Grimm minimized damage all day, retiring eight of nine batters at one point. He also had a career-high nine strikeouts.
Michael Kirkman closed out the game, allowing one run over three innings for his first career save.
The Rangers’ offense provided plenty of support.
Trailing 1-0 going into the third, Martin lined his first homer over the right-center field fence off Seattle starter Aaron Harang. The Rangers then took the lead in the fourth on a two-run blast by Mitch Moreland.
Texas broke the game open with five runs in the fifth, highlighted by Cruz’s two-out grand slam to center. Adrian Beltre extended the Rangers lead to 10-2 with a two-run homer in the sixth.
-- Drew Davison