Beltran-led Rangers defeat Mariners

Beltran-led Rangers defeat Mariners

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Carlos Beltran had a home run, and a run-scoring double in Texas' four-run third all in support of Yu Darvish, who pitched into the seventh inning in the Texas Rangers' 6-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday in the first of a three-game series.

Darvish (5-3) gave up three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out nine over in 62/3 innings.

Beltran hit his 25th home run in the first and a drove in a run in the Rangers' third. In the inning, Nomar Mazara had a run-scoring triple, Ian Desmond an RBI double and Jonathan Lucroy followed with a base hit that drove in another run.

Texas second baseman Rougned Odor added a sacrifice fly in the fifth, driving in Adrian Beltre, who reached base on the 584th double of his career, which moved him past Robin Yount into 20th all-time.

Texas closer Sam Dyson struck out two of the three hitters he faced in the ninth for his 30th save.

The Rangers made short work of Hisashi Iwakuma (14-10), who gave up five runs on six hits and a walk while striking out two over three innings, matching his shortest outing of the season.

The outing continued a streak of success for Darvish, who is 4-3 with a 3.05 ERA in nine starts since coming off the disabled list. Opponents are hitting .222 off him with 15 walks and 72 strikeouts since the All-Star break.

His two walks were the source of trouble on Monday. Both led to runs. One issued in the fourth with two outs to Kyle Seager followed by Adam Lind's run-scoring double accounted for Seattle's first run. That represented his only slip up until the seventh when he left the game with a 6-1 lead but runners on first and third with two outs.

Texas relievers had trouble recording the last out.

Seattle pinch-hitter Franklin Gutierrez's double off lefty Jake Diekman scored two. Robinson Cano followed with a walk with slugger Nelson Cruz coming to the plate.

Texas right-hander Keone Kela, though working Cruz to 3-2, struck out the slugger to end the inning, and he retired the side in order in the eighth.

With two outs in the first, Beltran hit Iwakuma's 2-2 pitch into the park's home-run porch. It was his third home run since being acquired by Texas at the trade deadline.

Texas struck for four runs in the third, sending nine men to the plate and finishing only a home run shy of a hitting for the cycle. Desmond and Beltran had run-scoring doubles, Mazara had an RBI triple and Lucroy added a run-scoring base hit.

Iwakuma threw 40 pitches in the frame, including 11 on a strikeout of Carlos Gomez that ended the inning. The right-hander did not return for the fourth after throwing 68 pitches.

NOTES: Texas placed OF Drew Stubbs on irrevocable release waivers for the purpose of giving his unconditional release. Stubbs, designated for assignment on Thursday, turned down an outright assignment to the minor leagues and requested his release. ... Texas RHP Colby Lewis was set to make his second injury rehabilitation start on Monday for Double-A Frisco. He is scheduled to throw four innings or 65 pitches. ... Seattle 2B Robinson Cano entered the game one double shy of a 12th consecutive season with 30 or more doubles. He was poised to join Tris Speaker and Honus Wagner as big leaguers to attain the distinction. ... Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Friday's series opener with the Angels at Safeco Field.

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