Rangers 2, Mariners 0


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – John Rheinecker allowed four hits in 8 1-3 innings in his second major league start and Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer to lead the Texas Rangers to a 2-0 victory over Seattle on Monday night, the Mariners’ fifth straight loss.

Seattle, shut out for a major league-high seventh time this season, got one runner as far as third base and that was in the ninth inning.

Rheinecker (1-0) struck out six, walked one and had 13 groundball outs. The left-hander made his major league debut on April 22 – a no-decision against Tampa Bay – and was 2-1 with a 3.26 ERA in nine starts for Triple-A Oklahoma.

Rheinecker was acquired by the Rangers from the Oakland Athletics on March 31 in a three-way trade that also brought left-hander John Koronka to Texas from the Chicago Cubs.

The Mariners, who began the night hitting .225 against left-handers, could only manage four singles against Rheinecker.

Rheinecker hit Ichiro Suzuki leading off the ninth, then gave up a one-out single to Raul Ibanez and was then lifted for Rick Bauer, who got two outs for his first save of the season and second of his career.

Teixeira broke up the scoreless game in the sixth off starter Jarrod Washburn (3-6) with his sixth homer, driving in Gary Matthews Jr., who had singled with one out.

Washburn allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, struck out five and didn’t issue a walk.

The Rangers had three singles in the first five innings – one each by Matthews, Michael Young and Teixeira.

Notes: It was the Rangers’ fourth shutout of the season. … Young ended an 0-for-14 slide with his first-inning single. … The Rangers optioned RHP Wes Littleton to Oklahoma. … Seattle is 5-14 in games started by opposing left-handers.

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