He got an answer for that question on Saturday night.
Mitch Moreland drove in Prince Fielder with a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth, and Texas added two more runs in the ninth.
It was Poreda’s first victory since June 25, 2009, for the Chicago White Sox against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“It’s amazing just to be back,” Poreda said. “It’s amazing to be put in the opportunity to get a win.”
“He threw strikes, had a good changeup working,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “It helped us tremendously that he gave us those two innings.”
Texas added two more runs in the ninth against Joe Beimel. Leonys Martin scored on a wild pitch and Fielder singled in Elvis Andrus to give Texas a 6-3 cushion.
Joakim Soria pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save in six chances.
Poreda is getting more work due in part to Pedro Figueroa landing on the disabled list with left elbow inflammation. But Poreda thinks there is room in the bullpen for both left-handers when Figueroa returns. He also isn’t planning to wait another five years to get his next victory.
“I have a lot higher expectations and goals than just one win. This is just the start of a great season,” Poreda said.
In the leadoff spot for the first time this season, Michael Saunders homered off Colby Lewis to give the Mariners an early 1-0 lead. Seager led off the second with another homer and then scored on Mike Zunino’s sacrifice fly in the fourth.
The Rangers appeared to be in trouble, down 3-0 with Felix Hernandez on the mound for Seattle. But Texas managed to run up Hernandez’s pitch count and broke through for three runs in the fifth inning.
Singles from Moreland, Donnie Murphy and Martin loaded the bases with no outs. Robinson Chirinos drew a walk on four pitches to push Moreland across for the Rangers‘ first run. Michael Choice singled in another run and Andrus’ sacrifice fly tied it at 3.