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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - A shaky Felix Hernandez allowed four earned runs in 2 1/3 innings before the Seattle Mariners rallied late to beat the Texas Rangers 9-8 on Sunday.
Making his second Cactus League start, Hernandez (1-1) allowed four hits and walked one, while striking out four. Hernandez opened the game by issuing a leadoff walk to Jurickson Profar before sandwiching a pair of strikeouts around a flyout by Prince Fielder.
Hernandez, however, wasn’t overly concerned at his pitching line.
“We’re in spring training, man,” he said. “I don’t look at any results.”
The 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner might have also had a bit of bad luck in the form of a couple of well-placed hits - a slow-rolling infield single and a flyball that dropped just in front of diving right fielder Corey Hart - as he worked through the Rangers’ lineup.
Fielder got the best of Hernandez in the third, though, when he lined a double that scored Elvis Andrus and sparked a four-run inning. Hernandez left the game one batter later after striking out Michael Choice, who reached on a wild pitch.
In between starts, Hernandez said he paid special attention to working on his changeup. He liked the results he saw Sunday.
“Changeup was good, much better,” he said. “Feel was better. I think the mechanics were way better.”
Seattle’s reserves scored six runs in the eighth, erasing Texas’ five-run lead.
Rangers: Colby Lewis, also making his second spring appearance, held the Mariners scoreless over two innings, allowing a hit, a walk and struck out one. Texas manager Ron Washington was pleased with Lewis’ outing.
“He was able to command his fastball, he had a good slider working, changeup,” he said. “It was a nice outing for Colby.”
Lewis signed a minor league contract in November with Texas after missing last season because of injuries.
“We’re just going to keep ramping him up and see how he withstands it,” Washington said. “So far, so good.”
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