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Texas two-steps past Mariners
Long balls lead charge
A couple of former National Leaguers got in touch with their American League side, as Phil Nevin and Brad Wilkerson each hit a two-run homer to help the Rangers take the series opener. John Koronka earned win No. 2 with five innings of one-run ball.
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Rangers 7, Mariners 4
Phil Nevin rounds the bases after homering against the Mariners. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)
Series at a glance:
Felix finds groove too late
Felix Hernandez showed flashes of the brilliance many have talked about in the young righty, striking out nine Rangers in five innings of work, but two two-run homers by Texas in the early going had the Mariners playing catchup in the series-opening defeat.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: April 18, 2006
TEX
Texas (6-8)
Won 2
Texas 7, Seattle 4   SEA
Seattle (6-9)
Lost 3
April 18, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Texas
2 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0   7 7 0
Seattle
0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0   4 10 0
Standings thru 4/18/06  |  Gameday  |  Rangers Stats  |  Mariners Stats
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matthews, RF4001040.143
Young, SS3110200.328
Teixeira, 1B5010024.321
Nevin, DH5122011.264
Blalock, 3B3100112.275
Jimenez, 2B1210300.227
Wilkerson, LF3212114.193
Barajas, C4000023.171
Nix, CF4012030.094
Totals3277771414 

BATTING
2B: Teixeira (5, Hernandez).
HR: Nevin (4, 1st inning off Hernandez, 1 on, 2 out), Wilkerson (2, 2nd inning off Hernandez, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Young; Teixeira 2; Nevin 5; Jimenez; Wilkerson 4; Nix.
RBI: Nevin 2 (14), Wilkerson 2 (6), Nix 2 (4), Matthews (5).
2-out RBI: Nevin 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wilkerson 2; Teixeira.
SF: Matthews.
GIDP: Nevin.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Nix (Lopez at 1st base).
DP: (Nix-Teixeira).

 
SeattleABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Suzuki, RF4001103.177
Lopez, 2B5020011.279
Ibanez, LF5000003.288
Sexson, 1B4010131.246
Johjima, C3000112.340
Everett, DH4230003.213
Beltre, 3B3110112.154
Bloomquist, CF3012010.250
Betancourt, SS4121012.250
Totals3541044817 

BATTING
2B: Lopez (3, Koronka), Everett (3, Bauer).
3B: Betancourt (1, Bauer).
TB: Lopez 3; Sexson; Everett 4; Beltre; Bloomquist; Betancourt 4.
RBI: Bloomquist 2 (2), Betancourt (6), Suzuki (5).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Everett 2; Suzuki 2; Johjima; Beltre.
SF: Bloomquist.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: Bloomquist (2, 2nd base off Koronka/Barajas), Beltre (5, 3rd base off Koronka/Barajas), Suzuki (6, 3rd base off Koronka/Barajas).

FIELDING
DP: (Betancourt-Lopez-Sexson).

 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Koronka (W, 2-1)5.05114403.94
Bauer 1.03330004.82
Alfonseca (H, 3)1.02000201.29
Otsuka (H, 4)1.00000104.05
Cordero (S, 2)1.00000104.76
 
SeattleIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hernandez (L, 0-2)5.06441926.14
Woods 1.21335304.82
Sherrill 1.10000203.60
Soriano 1.00001001.00

Balk: Koronka.
Pitches-strikes: Koronka 92-52, Bauer 28-21, Alfonseca 22-14, Otsuka 7-6, Cordero 14-10, Hernandez 100-65, Woods 49-20, Sherrill 18-14, Soriano 18-10.
Ground outs-fly outs: Koronka 3-8, Bauer 2-1, Alfonseca 1-0, Otsuka 0-2, Cordero 1-1, Hernandez 2-4, Woods 1-1, Sherrill 1-1, Soriano 2-1.
Batters faced: Koronka 23, Bauer 6, Alfonseca 5, Otsuka 3, Cordero 3, Hernandez 22, Woods 11, Sherrill 4, Soriano 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Sherrill 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Jim Joyce. 1B: Doug Eddings. 2B: Bob Davidson. 3B: Lance Barksdale.
Weather: 58 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 2 mph, In from LF.
T: 3:01.
Att: 17,929.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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