In response to a pair starts long on pitches and short on innings, Robbie Ross said Monday he would attack hitters with a vengeance in his next start. In response to the longest home run drought of his career, Prince Fielder said Tuesday afternoon that “one must be coming soon.”

It’s nice to occasionally be prophetic.

On Tuesday, Ross fired fastballs at Seattle’s weak lineup until it forced him to do otherwise — and it never did — and Fielder delivered a 422-foot homer to give the ailing offense an early jump start. Just for good measure, Kevin Kouzmanoff drove in three runs with a homer to follow Fielder’s and a two-out, two-run double in the eighth, adding up to a 5-0 Rangers win over the Mariners.

For a team that will prove to be challenged offensively until Adrian Beltre, Geovany Soto and Jurickson Profar return from the disabled list, the five runs were a nice breakthrough. But, until that trio returns, it’s much more likely the Rangers will have to win low-scoring games with pitching.

Tuesday’s win was a little more evidence the Rangers are capable of doing that.

“All the pitching is starting to come around,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “Robbie was very aggressive. That’s what it takes.”

How’s this for rounding into shape: Since Yu Darvish returned to the rotation five games into the season, the starters’ composite ERA is 2.25. The starters have averaged almost 62/3 innings per outing. They’ve gone seven or more innings in four of the last five starts, with Colby Lewis’ return from 21 months on the DL being the lone exception.

And Wednesday, the Rangers have Darvish going to the mound, sporting his 0.00 ERA and 15-inning scoreless streak to start the year, against Seattle’s Felix Hernandez.