Rangers keep M's on skid
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Colby Lewis got his first major league win in over six years, leading the Texas Rangers over the Mariners 6-2 on Friday night and sending skidding Seattle to its fourth straight loss.
Lewis allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, struck out three and walked four. The 30-year-old right-hander won in the major leagues for the first time since starting for the Rangers and beating Barry Zito at Oakland on April 7, 2004.
Trailing 5-1, the Mariners loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but Lewis (1-0) struck out Jack Wilson and retired Ichiro Suzuki on a groundout.
Seattle had hoped for a quick start after making some big offseason additions, but at 1-4 the Mariners are off to their worst opening since dropping their first five games in 2004.
Jason Vargas (0-1) gave up five runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings for the Mariners. Casey Kotchman homered for Seattle.
"The whole game boiled down to what's happened the last five games, which is lack of offense and lack of situational hitting," Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu said. "These guys are going to hit at some point and we hope it's soon."
NOTES: Mariners LHP Cliff Lee reported no problems with his strained abdominal muscle after a 25-pitch bullpen session. Wakamatsu said he doesn't expect Lee to be activated from the 15-day DL until May.