Lowe, Rangers shut out Mariners, 5-0

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 20, 2013
Derek Lowe pitched four hitless innings in relief of injured starter Nick Tepesch, A.J. Pierzynski and David Murphy each hit solo homers and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 5-0 Saturday night. Lowe (1-0) came out of the bullpen in the second inning after Tepesch was hit just above the right wrist by a line drive, sustaining a bruise. The 39-year-old right-hander allowed only one Seattle batter to reach when he hit Kendrys Morales with a pitch leading off the third. Tepesch left with two outs in the second inning when Jesus Montero's liner caromed off the right-hander's wrist and into shallow right field. The 24-year-old Tepesch, who appeared to be bleeding just above his wrist, began immediately shaking his arm after he was struck. He threw a couple of warm-up pitches, but the Rangers opted to bring reliever Lowe into the game. Seattle starter Brandon Maurer (1-3) gave up the homers to Pierzynski and Murphy, the only two hits the rookie allowed in 6 2-3 innings. The 22-year-old struck out two and walked three. The Mariners had five singles and were shut out for a second straight game. Seattle has gone 19 innings without scoring a run. In his third career start, Tepesch allowed two hits in 1 2-3 innings. Lowe, who pitched 2 2-3 innings Thursday against the Chicago Cubs, needed only 31 pitches to record 12 outs. Joe Ortiz relieved Lowe with two outs in the sixth and allowed two batters to reach when Kyle Seager singled and Morales walked. Ortiz got out of trouble when Michael Morse grounded out to end the sixth. Tanner Scheppers went 1 1-3 innings and Jason Frasor pitched the ninth to preserve Texas' fourth shutout of the season. The Rangers broke the game open with three runs in the eighth. Lance Berkman had a two-run single and Pierzynski capped the inning with an RBI single. Texas picked up its first hit when Pierzynski homered to center off Maurer with one out in the fourth. It was Pierzynski's third homer of the season. Maurer retired the next 10 batters he faced until Murphy homered with two outs in the seventh. That chased the rookie and Charlie Furbush came on in relief. The Mariners had two runners on in each the seventh and eighth innings but couldn't score. Seattle has scored 19 runs in its last 10 games. NOTES: Justin Grimm, who is replacing the injured Matt Harrison in the rotation, will make his second start of the season for the Rangers on Sunday. He will oppose Mariners right-hander Aaron Harang (0-1). . Seager extended his hitting streak to nine games. . Texas SS Elvis Andrus is 5 for 35 in his last nine games.
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