Rangers demolish Mariners 17-5 in 7 innings in Peoria, Ariz.

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The Rangers beat the Mariners, 17-5, in 7 innings on Wednesday in Peoria. The 17 runs are the most scored by any MLB team this spring and match Texas’ largest offensive output in its Cactus League history (since 2003), the other occurrence being a 17-13 win on 3/4/05 vs. Kansas City in Surprise.

Five different Rangers (Jason Martin-2, Jose Trevino, Eli White, Adolis Garcia, John Hicks) homered for Texas today, the team’s most HR in an exhibition contest since 3/25/16 vs. SD (also 6 HR). The 6 home runs match the most by any MLB club this spring (6 HR by PHI on 3/4 vs. NYY). Martin (3-for-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI) posted the 1st multi-home run and 3-hit effort by a Ranger this spring, going deep in the 4th and 5th innings. He paired with Garcia for back-to-back blasts in the Rangers’ 5-run 5th inning, one of 5 frames in which the club scored multiple runs.

Martin, Garcia (2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI), Trevino (2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI), Eli White (2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI), and Nate Lowe (2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI) all recorded multiple hits after Texas entered the day with just two individual multi-hit games this spring. Brock Holt reached in all 3 of his plate appearances and scored twice. Each Texas starter reached safely at least once in the win.

The Rangers tagged Mariners starter Justus Sheffield for 4 runs on 5 hits in the opening inning, highlighted by Trevino’s 2-run homer to straightaway center field. White’s 2-run shot off Sheffield came in the 2nd inning and gave Texas a 6-0 lead. After a 4-run 3rd inning by the Mariners, the Rangers scored 11 unanswered runs over the next 4 innings. Garcia, Martin, and Hicks all went deep off Seattle’s Keynan Middleton in the 5th inning, giving Texas a 15-4 lead at the time.

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On the mound, Jharel Cotton (win as starter), Yerry Rodriguez, Brett de Geus, Hans Crouse, and Alex Speas each posted one scoreless inning. Crouse and Speas, who made his 1st career spring ‘A’ game appearance, both notched 2 strikeouts.

The Rangers return to Surprise on Thursday to host the Oakland Athletics. LHP Taylor Hearn (0-0, 0.00) is slated to start for Texas against A’s LHP Jesús Luzardo (1-0, 1.08), with first pitch set for 2:05 p.m. CT. Matt Hicks and Jared Sandler will have the call of an audio webcast on texasrangers.com.