The Texas Rangers completed the series sweep of the Seattle Mariners on Sunday with an 11-3 win at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Nelson Cruz led the Rangers onslaught with a grand slam in the 5th inning, one of 4 home runs hit by Texas. Centerfielder Leonys Martin hit his first major league home run, a solo shot in the 3rd inning. “I just made contact,” Martin said. “I didn’t know it was a home run until I saw it land into the stands. It was exciting. I’m not going to forget that for the rest of my life.” Martin’s day was not over, as he led off the 5th inning with a triple. Mitch Moreland hit a 2-run homer in the 4th inning and Adrian Beltre followed in the 6th with another 2-run shot.
Starting pitcher Justin Grimm earned his first win of the year, going 6 innings while allowing just 2 runs. Grimm struck out a career-high 9 batters in the game. “I was just trying to pitch a close game and attack hitters,” Grimm said, “My whole mindset was to keep it close and just keep executing pitches.”
With the win, the Rangers move into first place in the AL West.
Texas travels to Los Angeles to take on the Angels tonight. Derek Holland will be on the mound for the Rangers.