Choo’s homer leads Rangers past Mariners 4-3

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Chris Young couldn’t overcome a slow start for the Seattle Mariners.

He gave up three runs in the first inning and a tiebreaking home run to Shin-Soo Choo in the fifth in a 4-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

Young (3-2) gave up seven hits and three walks in 6 1-3 innings.

He previously pitched in Arlington in 2006 for the San Diego Padres.

“I grew up as a Rangers fan, coming to this ballpark,” Young said. “I wanted to come in here and win, that’s why I’m disappointed that I didn’t get that done.

“You have those games where if you can limit the damage early, you feel like you’ll pitch a good game. I gave up one too many in the first.”

Texas’ first five batters reached base, with Elvis Andrus hitting a two-run homer and Alex Rios singling home the third run.

“(Young) works up in the strike zone. In the first inning, we did a good job of laying off it and making him work,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said.

Seattle tied the game 3-3 in the fourth. James Jones led off with a triple and scored on Michael Saunders’ single. Robinson Cano then hit a two-run homer.

Center fielder Michael Choice ran back to attempt a catch, but his glove hit the wall as the ball barely cleared it.

Choo led off the fifth with his homer into the bullpen in left-center.

“Got a home run that got up in that gust a little bit, that’s it,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. “It’s a tough ballpark to pitch in, but I thought (Young) did a pretty darn good job for us.

“He gave us quality innings after the first inning, really got us in a position to use the bullpen guys we needed to, and not stretch anybody.”

Young wasn’t using the wind as an excuse. He knows how the park plays from his days as a fan from Highland Park and as a Rangers pitcher.

“I thought it was a decent pitch. Some places it’s not (out), “If it was a better pitch, maybe he doesn’t hit it out.”

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