ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Martin Perez turned toward first base, waiting for the call he hoped was coming.
When the umpire’s arm went up signaling a strikeout on Dayan Viciedo’s check-swing with a full count, the young Texas Rangers left-hander pumped his fist and waited for a hug from catcher Robinson Chirinos.
“I just say, ‘Give me the strike,’ because I don’t want the walk and then maybe they take me out,” Perez said of his 109th pitch. “So give me that strike.”
Perez has thrown 17 straight scoreless innings after he went eight in a 1-0 win over Houston. His other complete game came against the Astros, a 6-1 win last Aug. 11.
Perez (3-0) retired the last 12 batters in his second complete game and struck out eight, including rookie Jose Abreu three times. Perez retired seven straight after Adam Eaton opened the game with a single and never allowed more than one baserunner in an inning.
“He did a good job getting ahead,” Chicago’s Tyler Flowers said. “He was pounding the zone, and he would challenge us on the first or second pitch.”
Martin had a two-run triple and Chirinos hit a two-run homer on the next pitch in seven-run third inning off Felipe Paulino (0-2), who gave up 13 hits in 3 2-3 innings. Martin homered for a 10-0 lead in the fourth.
Chirinos and Jim Adduci set career highs with three hits apiece. Alex Rios also had three hits and scored each time he reached base.
Prince Fielder, who started the game at .164, reached base all five times he batted, including a run-scoring double. He also singled, walked twice - including his AL-leading seventh intentional pass, a club record for one month - and was hit by a pitch.
The Rangers had 18 hits, four better than the previous season high of 14 on opening day.
“I wish I could see this every night but I know that’s not possible,” manager Ron Washington said. “We’re just grinding out at-bats, having good at-bats throughout the lineup and that’s what it’s going to take.”
Chicago’s Alexei Ramirez extended a franchise record by getting a hit in his 17th straight game to start the season. His soft single to right in the fifth extended his streak to 21 games going back to last season.
Kevin Kouzmanoff extended the hitting streak at the start of his Texas career to nine games with a pair of run-scoring singles.