Five runs in the early innings were enough, as the Rangers narrowly edged out the Miami Marlins, winning 5-4 to split the series.
With two outs in the first, the Rangers posted three runs to give them an early edge over the Marlins. Back-to-back singles from Alex Rios and Adrian Beltre put two men on for J.P. Arencibia, whose double cleared the bases. Arencibia took third on a wild pitch, and scored on a single from Leonys Martin, giving the Rangers a 3-0 lead.
In the second, Rougned Odor singled and Elvis Andrus walked, putting two men on for Alex Rios. A bloop double from Rios to right field was almost caught by Giancarlo Stanton, but fell and was enough for Odor and Andrus to score for the Rangers final runs of the game.
The Marlins posted two runs of their own in the fourth, cutting the Rangers lead to 5-2. Garrett Jones hit a single, and then scored on double from Marcell Ozuna for the first Miami run. Then, a wild pitch allowed Ozuna to score for the second run.
Miami almost made a comeback in the ninth, as Neftali Feliz struggled with pitching back-to-back games. Ozuna leadoff against Feliz with a home run, and after a groundout, Jarrod Saltalamacchia contributed with a homer of his own. Feliz walked Christian Yelich, but in the end was able to clinch win for his team and earn the save.
Nick Martinez brought his A game in front of his family and friends in his hometown ballpark, striking out a career-high seven batters. Martinez threw six innings, allowed only six hits and two runs, and earned his third win of the year. It wasn't the best performance, but was one of the best for Martinez in his young big league career.
Jon Edwards and Roman Mendez each posted shutout innings for the Rangers, before Feliz entered in the ninth. Other than Feliz's blunders, it should be noted that the Rangers bullpen has looked excellent as of late.
The Rangers have Thursday off, before returning to Globe Life Park to take on the Kansas City Royals beginning Friday. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. CT.