Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - A.J. Pierzynski broke the game open with a
three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Texas Rangers defeated the
Seattle Mariners, 8-3, in Monday's opener of a three-game set at Safeco Field.
Alex Rios had two hits with two RBI, Mitch Moreland knocked a solo homer and
Elvis Andrus ended 3-for-5 with a run-scoring single for the Rangers, who
bounced back from their first two-game losing streak in over month.
Travis Blackley (2-1) went six full innings, yielding three runs on five hits
and a walk with four strikeouts. Neal Cotts, Joakim Soria and Tanner Scheppers
each tossed a hitless inning of relief.
Joe Saunders (10-13) was tagged for seven runs on nine hits and three walks
over seven frames for Seattle, which had won five of its last seven meetings
Kyle Seager hit his 20th home run of the season and Brad Miller knocked in a
pair in Seattle's fourth straight defeat.
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