SEATTLE (AP) — Jose Lopez had four hits, including a three-run double to highlight a five-run fourth inning, and Ryan Feierabend earned his first career win in the Seattle Mariners’ 11-6 victory over the bumbling Texas Rangers on Sunday.
Feierabend, replacing the injured Horacio Ramirez in the rotation, allowed two home runs in the first four innings and trailed 4-1. But after Lopez doubled, the 21-year-old left-hander allowed just one hit over his final four innings and seven total in 7 1-3 innings.
Feierabend (1-1) struck out five, walked one and received an extended standing ovation when he left the game. But he will probably go back to Triple-A Tacoma when No. 5 starter Jeff Weaver is activated from the disabled list, likely this week.
Victor Diaz had a career-high five RBIs with a three-run homer and two-run shot, and Mark Teixeira hit a solo home run for Texas. But the last-place Rangers lost a fly ball in the sun, threw three balls past first base, had a passed ball that allowed another run, and botched what should have been an inning-ending out that would have prevented Seattle’s decisive rally.
Texas went 2-5 on its road trip that began in Oakland, hasn’t won a road series against AL opponents in nine tries this season and is a season-high 15 1/2 games back in the AL West.
Robinson Tejeda (4-6), who hadn’t made it past three innings in either of his previous starts, faltered with his defense during Seattle’s big fourth.
Tejeda walked Ben Broussard and hit Willie Bloomquist in the ribs with a 1-2 pitch to load the bases with two outs. Fill-in Jamie Burke then hit a grounder that clanged off the glove and hand of third baseman Matt Kata, who could have ended the inning by jogging to the nearby base for a force out. Instead, the generously scored single cut Texas’ lead to 4-2.
Tejeda then walked Ichiro Suzuki to force in Broussard and make it 4-3. Three pitches later, Lopez cleared the bases with his double off the top of the left-field wall. The Mariners led 6-4.
In the sixth, Marlon Byrd lost Yuniesky Betancourt’s fly ball in the hazy sun for a double.
Betancourt stole third base and scored on a squeeze bunt when Burke put a pitch in play that was near his neck. Burke staggered back and then fell at the plate while Betancourt scored on the sacrifice to make it 7-4.
After Tejeda walked Suzuki, Wes Littleton entered. Ian Kinsler made a nice backhanded stop of Lopez’s grounder but bounced his throw past Teixeira for an error. Lopez scored on Jose Guillen’s third hit and third RBI. Guillen scored on a single by Raul Ibanez to make it 10-4.