SEATTLE — Mitch Haniger hit a go-ahead single to drive in Jarrod Dyson and give the Mariners the 2-1 lead in the seventh that would eventually defeat the Texas Rangers Friday night at Safeco Field.
Dyson got on base with a lead off single, and Guillermo Heredia hit a bunt that relief pitcher Jose Leclerc could not field for the Rangers. Haniger then hit a would-be three-run homer that was ruled a one-run single upon further review that showed the ball hitting the yellow line atop the fence in left field.
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Starting pitcher Felix Hernandez earned his first victory of the season, and now has a 1-1 record. The Mariners ace went 7.1 innings, gave up six hits, and allowed just one run as he struck out three Rangers. Hernandez did not walk a single batter as his ERA improved to 2.95.
Rangers starter Martin Perez threw for five-plus innings and gave up one run on six hits and allowed four walks. He struck out six batters and left two on base for Leclerc, who struck out the next three Mariners.
Seattle got on the board first with a Nelson Cruz hit a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth inning. It was his 800th career RBI.
The Rangers see their two-game winning streak snapped (4-6) while Seattle improves to 3-8 and avoids its worst start since 1978 with the victory.
Fox Sports Radio 1400 will have the second game of the series tomorrow with first pitch at 8:10 p.m. with pregame at 7:30. November free agent signee Andrew Cashner will make his Texas debut while James Paxton will face him on the other side for Seattle.