Mariners Game Recap: Happ Strikes Out 9 in Win

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Apr 28, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) is congratulated by left fielder Rickie Weeks (25) after scoring against the Texas Rangers during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

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The Seattle Mariners (9-11) beat the Texas Rangers (7-13) on Tuesday for the second consecutive night in Arlington. J.A. Happ (2-1, 2.30 ERA) made it look easy on the mound for the M’s tonight en route to picking up his second victory of the season. Ross Detwiler (0-3, 8.66 ERA) pitched well in the loss for Texas this evening. Fernando Rodney worked a perfect 9th to earn his 6th save of the season.

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Nelson Cruz has been responsible for many of the Mariners’ wins in 2015, and he led off the 4th inning with a triple down the right field line. Cruz’s triple was a deep fly ball that was just out of the reach of Jake Smolinski. Kyle Seager scored Cruz on a ground out to second base. Rickie Weeks followed with a solo home run on a rocket to left field. Weeks’ blast gave the M’s a 2-0 lead in the 4th.

The score remained 2-0 until the home half of the 7th inning. J.A. Happ pitched brilliantly tonight, but Jake Smolinski sparked the Rangers’ rally with a leadoff single to left field. Happ was able to retire Adam Rosales and Rougned Odor, but Delino DeShields cut the M’s lead in half with a ringing double to center field.

Things got a little dicey late, but the Mariners were able to hold on for a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night in Arlington. The full box score can be found here.

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