Final

Series: Game 3 of 4

Texas leads 2-1 (as of 4/16)

Game 1: Monday, April 14
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Game 2: Tuesday, April 15
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Game 3: Wednesday, April 16
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Game 4: Thursday, April 17
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Mariners 2

(7-7, 5-4 away)

Rangers 3

(8-7, 6-3 home)

    Coverage:  FSSW

    8:05 PM ET, April 16, 2014

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    W: P. Figueroa (1-1)

    L: F. Rodney (0-1)

    Rangers rally for two in 9th to beat Mariners

    Associated Press

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas center fielder Leonys Martin wound up being the star of a battle of top pitchers.

    Martin had a leadoff triple in the eighth that chased Seattle ace Felix Hernandez. An inning later, Martin singled in the winning run with two out as the Rangers scored two unearned runs off closer Fernando Rodney for a 3-2 win over the Mariners on Wednesday night.

    "He was in the middle of the first run by hitting the triple off Hernandez, who was outstanding tonight," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "And then he comes up in that situation against one of the best closers in the game. He just tried to put the ball in play, and it worked. It's good for him, it's good for the team, and we can build on it."

    Rodney (0-1) retired the first two in the ninth before Kevin Kouzmanoff's single ricocheted off the glove of sliding shortstop Brad Miller and dribbled into the outfield. Mitch Moreland drew a walk before pinch-hitter Donnie Murphy's grounder was fielded by Miller, whose toss to second base was high. The error allowed Moreland to slide in safely and extended the game.

    "It was hit right at me. It kind of ran up on me," Miller said. "I threw it too high. I saw it was too high off the get-go. Everybody did their part but me. Everybody played their butts off. I've just got to make that play next time."

    Rodney then threw a wild pitch that allowed the tying run to score. Martin's sharp single to left gave Texas its fourth victory in its final at-bat at home already this season. It was Rodney's first blown save in four chances.

    Pedro Figueroa (1-0) worked a perfect ninth for his first major league victory.

    Hernandez retired 10 in a row before Martin's triple. He allowed four hits and one run, when Martin scored on a sacrifice fly against pinch-hitter Michael Choice, the first batter for reliever Charlie Furbush.

    "All of my pitches were working. I just made one mistake in the game," said Hernandez, who struck out nine. "That was that fastball to (Martin)."

    Texas ace Yu Darvish struck eight and walked two in seven innings, but remains winless in his last eight home starts despite a 2.33 ERA in those games.

    Darvish didn't allow a run in his first two starts of the season, but was down 2-0 in the second after No. 9 hitter Mike Zunino and Abraham Almonte had consecutive two-out RBI singles.

    "You've got to give Seattle credit, they fought him pretty hard for their at-bats, they just wasn't going up there making outs," Washington said. "That was their two runs. ... He kept us in the game, he really did. Usually when you give Felix one or two runs, he know how to take it to the house, but we kept battling him and we finally got him out of the game and some good things happened."

    Martin also had a nifty running catch, reaching and lunging with his arm fully extended steps from the center-field wall to rob Dustin Ackley of a hit in the sixth.

    But there was also a play in the fourth when Zunino reached on what was ruled a single after a ball dropped between Martin and left fielder Shin-Soo Choo, who were both calling for the ball but backed off to avoid a collision. That was the last of Seattle's seven hits in the game.

    This was the third head-to-head matchup of the star pitchers, and the first since 2012, the same year Darvish came to the major leagues from Japan. Hernandez won the first two, and has given up only two runs over 24 innings (0.75 ERA) in the three games -- while Darvish has a 6.75 ERA (13 earned runs over 17 1/3 innings) opposing King Felix.

    Game notes


    Nick Franklin, who had a one-out triple in the second before scoring Seattle's first run, was recalled earlier Wednesday along with outfielder James Jones after left-hander Blake Beavan (shoulder tendinitis) and outfielder Logan Morrison (strained right hamstring) were put on the 15-day disabled list. ... The Mariners had to hold up momentarily before coming off the field at the end of the fourth when Washington came out to question a force play at second base for the third out. Washington didn't challenge and ask umpires to look at the replay, which showed clearly that Moreland was out by a step.

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    Game Information

    StadiumGlobe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, TX
    Attendance27,396 (56.8% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:47
    Weather67 degrees, clear
    Wind12 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Ted Barrett, First Base - Will Little, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Mark Carlson

    Research Notes

    From Elias: The Rangers are the first team to record four walk-off wins, on or before April 16, since the 2000 Kansas City Royals. That team did it four days in a row, ending a series with Minnesota on a Johnny Damon homer (April 10), and then sweeping a three-game series with Baltimore all via walk-off (Brian Johnson HR, Rey Sanchez HR, Carlos Beltran single).

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