Rangers 7, Mariners 3
SEATTLE — Rougned Odor and Prince Fielder combined to drive in five runs, and Texas starter Colby Lewis kept the Seattle bats at bay in the Rangers' 7-3 win over the Mariners on Monday night.
Lewis (1-0) allowed just four hits and one run over six innings, and Texas (4-4) rallied from an early deficit to hand the Mariners their fourth consecutive loss.
Seattle (2-5) has scored just seven runs over the first four games of the current homestand.
Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz hit his second home run of the season, a two-run shot in the eighth inning. He drove in all three of Seattle's runs.
Fielder drove in runs with a third-inning sacrifice fly and a seventh-inning single, while Odor broke the game open with a two-run, bases-loaded single in the eighth. Elvis Andrus and rookie Nomar Mazara also drove in runs for the Rangers.
Mazara, who made his major league debut Sunday, went 2-for-4 with an RBI and is now 5-for-8 with two RBIs in two games.
Texas rookie catcher Brett Nicholas made his major league debut and collected a pair of hits — a seventh-inning double and an eighth-inning single — and scored twice.
The Rangers had 14 hits on a night when all nine starting position players reached base. Ryan Rua had three hits for Texas, while Mazara, Nicholas, Odor and Andrus had two hits apiece.
Seattle jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Cruz RBI double in the first inning but trailed 4-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh. Two Mariners singles sandwiched around a walk loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, but Texas reliever Sam Dyson got out of that jam when Nori Aoki grounded out to first.
Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma (0-1) allowed three runs on eight hits over six innings.
RBIs from Andrus, Fielder and Odor allowed the Rangers to take a 3-1 lead through the first four innings.
The Rangers tied the game on a two-out, RBI single from Andrus in the second. Andrus' bloop single to right field scored Ian Desmond from second base.
Texas added another run in the third, taking a 2-1 lead on a sacrifice fly from Fielder.
Odor's double in the fourth scored Mitch Moreland from second base and extended the Rangers' advantage to 3-1.
NOTES: Texas C Brett Nicholas was in the starting lineup Monday in his major league debut. … Seattle RHP Joaquin Benoit is expected to be sidelined for at least a few days as he deals with back and shoulder tightness. Benoit, 38, has been filling the Mariners' setup role this season. … The Mariners shuffled their lineup, with 3B Kyle Seager moving up to No. 2 in the lineup and SS Ketel Marte dropping from second to eighth in the order. … The Mariners' rotation compiled an 0-2 record through the first week of the season.