Morrison's tiebreaking double helps Mariners beat Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Logan Morrison had a tiebreaking, two-run double to back Felix Hernandez and lead the Seattle Mariners to a 5-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.
With the score tied 2-2 and the bases loaded in the fifth inning, Morrison hit a ground ball past first base against Texas starter Wandy Rodriguez (0-1). Morrison finished 4 for 5, including two hits against Rodriguez to improve to 7 for 14 in his career against the left-hander.
Hernandez allowed five hits, two runs and one walk in 6 2-3 innings to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2009.
Fernando Rodney pitched a perfect ninth inning for his seventh save in eight opportunities. He saved all three games as the Mariners swept the series for their first three-game winning streak this season.
Seattle's Nelson Cruz was 2 for 4, including his 10th home run to lead off the second inning.
Each team scored two runs in the second.
Cruz homered into the club level in left field. Only 19 homers have reached that level in 22 seasons, and Cruz has hit three of those. A walk and two singles loaded the bases, but Rodriguez gave up only one more run when Mike Zunino grounded into a double play.
In the bottom of the second, Adrian Beltre worked a walk from Hernandez. Beltre scored on a double by Carlos Peguero, who had been in an 0-for-15 slump, and Peguero scored on Carlos Corporan's two-out single.
Justin Ruggiano led off the Mariners' sixth with a double. After two walks loaded the bases with one out, pitching coach Mike Maddux visited Rodriguez, but he stayed in the game.
Morrison then bounced a grounder that eluded the reach of first baseman Kyle Blanks and went into the right-field corner as two runs scored.
Seattle added an unearned run in the ninth on Keone Kela's wild pitch.
Hernandez threw a season-high 114 pitches. He is 14-21 against Texas in his career, but 2-0 in 2015.
Mariners: 3B Kyle Seager was not in the starting lineup because of a sore thumb that has been bothering since he jammed it while swinging at an inside pitch last week. Seager entered the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth to keep alive a streak of 147 straight games played.
Rangers: 1B Mitch Moreland underwent surgery Wednesday to remove a loose particle from his left elbow. He went on the disabled list retroactive to Tuesday, and is expected back next month.
Mariners: A 10-game trip continues on Thursday with the first of four games at Houston. LHP James Paxton (0-2, 6.86) is scheduled to make his first start against the Astros.
Rangers: They'll be at home on Friday against Oakland. RHP Colby Lewis (1-2, 3.75) is 7-1 with a 2.86 ERA in his last 12 starts vs. the Athletics dating back to 2010.