The Rangers may have shut out the Mariners Monday night, but Tuesday they were handed a taste of their own medicine in the form of a 5-0 shutout at the behalf of Seattle.
After retiring the first two batters he faced, Nick Martinez allowed a solo blast to Robinson Cano, giving the Mariners a 1-0 lead in the first.
In the second, Seattle tacked on one more run, with an amazing play by Adrian Beltre preventing any more damage. Kyle Seager singled and stole second, continuing his dominance over Martinez. Chris Taylor and Endy Chavez walked back-to-back to load the bases for Jesus Sucre. A groundout from Sucre scored Seager, but a great grab and incredible throw from Beltre kept Taylor from advancing home.
The Mariners ran away with it in the fourth, extending their lead over the Rangers by three runs. Logan Morrison walked and Taylor singled, putting two on for Chavez who doubled to clear the bases. Chavez got a little too eager and tried to take third, so Beltre was able to run him down in between the bases for a much needed out. Soon after, Austin Jackson tripled and scored on a single from Dustin Ackley for the final run of the game.
Martinez, fresh off a win against the Marlins, seemed to lack control of his pitches once allowing the homer to Cano. Allowing five runs, the game fell out of Martinez' grasp, especially when the offense produced zero runs of support. At the very least, Martinez was able to stick it out for five innings, keeping Scott Baker out of the game and on reserve for Friday's start at Houston.
Rookies Jon Edwards and Alex Claudio relieved Martinez for the Rangers, with Edwards posting two shutout innings and Claudio one. The Rangers' bullpen has combined to produce 10 consecutive scoreless innings, and has seen a lot of young guys, like Edwards and Claudio, step up and take advantage of time in the big leagues. Both boast a 0.00 ERA in their young seasons.
Tuesday night marks the eighth time this season the Rangers have been shut out, as they accumulated only four hits against Seattle. Michael Choice went 0-4 with two strikeouts in his return to the big leagues, and Elvis Andrus went 0-4 and stranded four, making for a disappointing 26th birthday.
Daniel Robertson and Rougned Odor each had one hit for the night but the real star of the night was Beltre, who lead the team with two hits. Additionally, Beltre was able to move from fourth to second in the AL batting title race, and is now tied with Victor Martinez with a .327 average.
Colby Lewis takes the mound for the Rangers Wednesday, as they look to win the series against Seattle. Game time is slated for 2:40 p.m. CT.