Texas Rangers (34-34) at Seattle Mariners (34-34), 4:10 p.m. (ET)
06/15/2014 10:55 AM
06/15/2014 10:59 AM
(SportsNetwork.com) - After capturing a thrilling victory on Saturday night, the Texas Rangers will try to complete a sweep of the Seattle Mariners on Sunday afternoon when the series comes to a close at Safeco Field.
With the game tied 3-3 in the top of the ninth inning, Leonys Martin delivered a two-out RBI single to give the Rangers the lead, and Joakim Soria closed things out in the bottom of the inning to give the away team a 4-3 victory.
Joe Saunders left the game with the lead after allowing two runs over six innings of work. Scott Tolleson coughed up the advantage before Neal Cotts (2-3) entered to strike out four of the five batters he faced in the seventh and eighth innings to earn the win.
Martin finished with two hits, a walk and two stolen bases on the evening, while Robinson Chirinos was 2-for-4 with his fifth homer of the season, two RBI and a run scored.
Fernando Rodney (1-3) suffered the loss after allowing the ninth-inning run. Erasmo Ramirez was solid to start for the Mariners, pitching five scoreless innings and allowing three hits and four walks.
Robinson Cano was 2-for-4 and tied the game with an RBI single in the seventh inning. John Buck and James Jones collected two hits apiece as well.
Nick Martinez will try to put his struggles behind him for the Rangers on Sunday afternoon. Through 12 appearances this season, including seven starts, he's just 1-3 with a 4.63 ERA.
Martinez owned an impressive 2.14 ERA following a May 24 win, but in three starts since he has given up 16 earned runs. His latest outing was his worst yet, allowing eight runs over just two innings of work in a loss to Cleveland on June 9.
Luckily for 23-year-old rookie in this matchup, he's performed much better on the road (3.49 ERA) than at home (6.38).
The Mariners will answer with Hisashi Iwakuma, who's 4-3 with a 2.79 ERA in eight starts after missing the first month of the season with a hand injury.
Iwakuma has been on the down swing of late with losses in three of his last four starts. He lasted 7 1/3 innings against the Yankees on June 10 but allowed seven hits, two walks and three earned runs in the setback.
"He's my No. 2 starter, he had 102 pitches, he said he felt great," Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said of allowing Iwakuma to start the eighth inning. "That's baseball."
The Japan native earned a win in Texas back on May 20 after yielding just two earned runs over eight innings of work.
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