American League Game Summary - Seattle at Texas|
(Sunday, April 21st)
Final Score: Texas 11, Seattle 3
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Nelson Cruz hit a grand slam and Mitch
Moreland and Adrian Beltre each had two-run homers on Sunday as the Texas
Rangers crushed the Seattle Mariners, 11-3, to earn a three-game sweep.
Leonys Martin had a solo home run, a triple and scored twice for the
Rangers, who picked up their first three-game sweep of Seattle since
September 23-25, 2011.
Starter Justin Grimm (1-0) tossed six innings and yielded two runs -- one
earned -- on six hits and struck out nine for his first win of the season.
"It looked like the first couple of innings we were having problems just
trying to figure Harang out," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "After that,
pitch count started rising a little bit and he made some mistakes and we
Endy Chavez had a run-scoring double and Kyle Seager went 3-for-4 with a solo
homer and pair of RBI for the Mariners, who have lost five of six.
Starter Aaron Harang (0-2) struggled through 4 2/3 innings, allowing eight
runs on eight hits, including three home runs, while walking two in defeat.
Leading 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth, the Rangers broke open the game over
the next two innings with mammoth shots from Cruz and Beltre.
Martin lead off the fifth with a triple and Ian Kinsler singled to right to
easily score Martin and make it 4-2. Three batters later and with two outs,
David Murphy walked to load the bases. Cruz then launched a monster grand slam
into dead center field to make it 8-2.
Beltre joined the party in the sixth with a two-run blast to left which made
it 10-2. Jeff Baker hit an RBI single in the eighth to make it 11-2 and Seager
added a solo shot to right in the ninth to account for Seattle's final run.
Seattle actually led 1-0 early in the game. Seager doubled to left field in
the first scoring Chavez to extend his hit streak to 10 games.
After failing to score through the first two innings, Martin hit a one-hot
solo shot, the first of his career, to right-center in the third to tie the
In the fourth, Texas rallied with two down. Cruz poked a single to right and
Moreland followed with a deep knock to center to make it 3-1. Chavez, though,
helped Seattle get within 3-2 in the fifth with a double over the center
fielders head to plate Brendan Ryan.
"We kind of crashed as a team offensively," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said.
The Rangers struck out 32 batters over the three-game series ... It was Cruz's
fifth career grand slam ... The Rangers' 11 runs were a season-high ... It was
Grimm's fourth career MLB start ... Harang has an earned run average over 13
in four career starts at Rangers Ballpark ... Michael Kirkman tossed three
innings of relief for Texas to earn his first career save.
04/22 02:22:05 ET