The Texas Rangers needed their bats to come back to life after back-to-back losses in which they had reverted to their old bad ways. A lack of timely hitting and quality pitching were not the case Tuesday night in Seattle.
The Rangers were able to jump out to a 3-0 first inning lead after the Mariners' starting pitcher walked four. The Rangers added another run in the second, thanks in part to a well-placed sacrifice bunt from second baseman Ian Kinsler.
In the third, the flood gates opened behind home runs from outfielders David Murphy and Josh Hamilton. Hamilton's seventh home run of the season was estimated to have traveled around 450 feet.
The Ranger bats would be silenced after the third inning, but that's all starting pitcher Sidney Ponson would need. Seven innings of one-run ball gave the Aruban another quality outing. It was the second win of the season for the newest pitcher on the Rangers' rotation.
The Rangers and Mariners go at it again tonight at 9:10, central time zone. Vicente Padilla (4-2) and Erik Bedard (2-1) will be on the mound for their respective teams.