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April 13, 2013

Rangers 3, Mariners 1 (F)

SEATTLE -- Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre delivered two-out RBI singles in the eighth inning, and Joe Ortiz worked two scoreless innings of relief to earn his second career win and second of this series as the Rangers beat the Mariners 3-1 on Saturday night.

Starting pitcher Alexi Ogando continued to do good work, though over a short span. He allowed only one run on five hits, but lasted only five innings, his shortest of three starts this season, as he piled up 98 pitches while dealing with more inconsistent command of his fastball

He left two up in the fifth inning, resulting in a Kelly Shoppach leadoff double and single by the next hitter, Dustin Ackley. Ogando was on the verge of escaping the threat, but Jason Bay’s two-out blooper hit off the glove of a diving Craig Gentry in center field for the game’s first run.

The Rangers countered the run quickly in the sixth thanks to a pair of Seattle defensive miscues.

The normally sure-handed Brendan Ryan booted a potential double-play grounder by Ian Kinsler after Leury Garcia had started the inning with his first career hit. After an Andrus sacrifice bunt, Beltre took an intentional walk to load the bases.

Nelson Cruz followed and sent a soft line drive toward first base. Justin Smoak dropped the liner but recovered to get a force out at second. Ryan threw to third to get Kinsler, who stopped and got in a rundown long enough for Garcia to cross the plate before the Mariners completed the double play.

The run was unearned, and it was the only tally the Rangers add against Joe Saunders. His departure after seven innings and three hits might have been the turning point in the game.

The Rangers grabbed the lead in the eighth, an inning that started with Gentry talking a leadoff walk. He was at second with two outs when Andrus floated a soft single down the right-field line, and scored easily.

Andrus then stole second and went to third as Carter Capps’ pitch went to the screen. Beltre rifled a single past third on the next pitch.

-- Jeff Wilson


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