No pitcher has ever lost more games to the Texas Rangers than one of the best pitchers in the game today. That doesn’t seem to any make sense but it’s true. And Felix Hernandez suffered his worst beatdown by the Rangers on Wednesday afternoon as they ready for the stretch run. Leonys Martin hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-high four runs and the Rangers rocked Hernandez for nine runs in three-plus innings en route to a 12-4 rout and a three-game sweep of Seattle. “We faced two of the best pitchers in the league and to able to sweep this team with those two guys throwing in the series is huge for us” said second baseman Ian Kinsler referencing a 4-3 win Tuesday in a game started by Hisashi Iwakuma. “Every game is extremely important. You have to manage the season and Wash has done a great job setting us up for this last month.” Geovany Soto delivered a two-run double with two outs in the third and Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland added homers off Brandon Maurer. Beltre’s blast came on Maurer’s second pitch in relief of Hernandez and Moreland’s shot to start the seventh gave him the first 20-homer season of his career. Martin Perez allowed two runs in six innings to earn his eighth victory which leads all American League rookies. He won for the fifth time in August tops in the AL and beat his boyhood idle Hernandez for the second time in 12 days. Hernandez escaped the first inning despite allowing singles to Ian Kinsler and Beltre but he couldn’t get out of the second. Martin got him with two outs on a long drive to left-center field for a 3-0 lead. Soto delivered the big two-out hit in the third after Moreland had struck out with runners at second and third. Soto playing for the second time on the road trip hit a liner to left field that Raul Ibanez short-hopped to allow Kinsler and Alex Rios to score. “I thought for sure he was going to catch it but it was back-spinning” Soto said. The Rangers started the fourth with four straight hits a double by Jurickson Profar an RBI single by Martin an RBI double by Elvis Andrus and an RBI single by Kinsler.
Rangers rout Mariners, 12-4 to complete sweep
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Aug 29