Rangers Pull Out Unlikely Opening Day Win

Apr 4, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) throws a pitch in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) throws a pitch in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /
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With the kickoff of the 2016 season the Texas Rangers started the new season with a not-so-pretty Opening Day win over the Seattle Mariners.

Ace Cole Hamels (1-0) got the start for the Texas Rangers on Opening Day as they took on their division rivals, the Seattle Mariners. Hamels got off to a rough start surrendering a first inning solo homerun to Robinson Cano and then a second inning solo shot to Kyle Seager. Quickly though Hamels got on the right track shutting down the Mariners for the rest of the afternoon. Hamels final line Monday was 7.0 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits walking 3 and with 8 strikeouts.

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In relief, fireball lefty Jake Diekman came in to throw the eighth inning as the setup man no allowing a baserunner and striking out 1. Shawn Tolleson picked up his first save of the season throwing the ninth inning, striking out 2 of the 3 Mariners hitters he faced.

At the plate the Rangers got 1 hit by Felix Hernandez through 6 innings but struck for 3 runs in the fifth to take the lead and hand King Felix the loss. After loading the bases on a series of walks and a couple of errors, Hernandez issued a walk to Shin-Soo Choo scoring Rougned Odor from third. Prince Fielder then hit a bloop single, the lone Rangers hit of the day, that scored Elvis Andrus. Then a bases loaded error by Seattle shortstop Ketel Marte on an Adrian Beltre roundball scored Delino DeShields and would be the eventual game winning RBI.

It was a rough day for Texas at the plate only putting up 1 hit in their first 9 innings of 2016 baseball but they managed to escape with a win. Cole Hamels had a big day on the mound for Texas and a couple of good at-bats allowed the Rangers to drive in the runs they needed to come away with a win.

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