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April 20, 2013

Rangers 5, Mariners 0 (F)

ARLINGTON -- They lost their starting pitcher in the second inning and managed only two hits on the opposing team's starting pitcher.

That didn't stop the Texas Rangers from winning, though, as they went on to a 5-0 victory over the Mariners on Saturday night at Rangers Ballpark.

Texas starter Nick Tepesch had thrown 1 2/3 scoreless innings before Jesus Montero hit a liner that ricocheted off Tepesch's right wrist. Tepesch was diagnosed with a contusion on the wrist and will be further examined Sunday.

Derek Lowe replaced Tepesch, and ended up saving the day. The veteran pitcher threw four scoreless innings of relief just two days after throwing 2 2/3 innings. Joe Ortiz worked an inning of relief, Tanner Scheppers went 1 1/3 innings and Jason Frasor pitched the ninth.

It was the second consecutive night the Rangers' pitching staff combined to throw a shutout.

The Rangers didn't get much going offensively against Mariners starter Brandon Maurer. But the two hits they got off him were critical.

A.J. Pierzynski sent a solo shot over the center field fence in the fourth inning, and David Murphy belted his second of the season to right-center field in the seventh.

The Rangers cushioned their lead with three runs in the eighth. Lance Berkman had a two-run single, and Pierzynski had a run-scoring single.

-- Drew Davison


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