The defending American League champion Texas Rangers bashed two home runs and a two-run triple off Erik Bedard
, making his first start since 2009, and defeated the Mariners 6-4 in the first game of a three-game series in Arlington, TX., played in front of 36,618 fans. The Mariners, who started the season 2-0, are now 2-2. Texas is 4-0.
Elvis Andrus hit a second-inning home run off Bedard, giving Texas a 1-0 lead. Julio Borbon smacked a two-run triple in the second, and Nelson Cruz homered to center in the fourth, giving Texas a 4-2 lead.
"We've got a solid offense," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Anybody in the lineup can get you. Tonight Elvis got us going. And Cruz came back and got another one. ... Anytime you've got that lineup, that's what it's all about."
Cruz became the third player in major league history to homer in the first four games of a season, joining Willie Mays (1971) and Mark McGwire (1998).READ MORE»