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  • Rangers edge slumping M's

  • ARLINGTON, Texas — Kevin Kouzmanoff delivered again, doubling twice and scoring two runs as the Texas Rangers beat Seattle Mariners 8-6 Thursday.
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  • ARLINGTON, Texas — Kevin Kouzmanoff delivered again, doubling twice and scoring two runs as the Texas Rangers beat Seattle Mariners 8-6 Thursday.
    Texas lost the opener of the four-game series on Monday night, but won the last three.
    The 32-year-old Kouzmanoff is hitting .414 since being promoted from Triple-A on April 9 after starting third baseman Adrian Beltre strained his left quadriceps.
    Kouzmanoff has hit in all eight games in which he has played, beginning with a pinch-hitting appearance followed by seven straight starts. Beltre was put on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.
    Shin-Soo Choo homered for Texas and J.P. Arencibia had a pair of RBI groundouts.
    Robinson Cano hit his first homer for the Mariners, going back-to-back with Corey Hart. Cano is in a 3-for-18 slump.
    The Rangers broke a 6-6 all in the fifth inning when Arencibia drove in a run with a grounder and Mitch Moreland scored on a wild pitch by Joe Beimel (0-1).
    Pedro Figueroa (2-1) was the second of five Texas relievers who held Seattle scoreless. He earned his second victory in less than 24 hours — he was Wednesday night's winner when the Rangers rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 3-2 victory.
    Tigers 7, Indians 5
    At Detroit, Ian Kinsler homered and drove in four runs, and the Detroit Tigers held on for a win.
    Justin Verlander (2-1) allowed three unearned runs in five innings, and the Tigers trailed 3-1 before Kinsler's three-run homer in the fifth off Danny Salazar (0-2).
    Detroit never gave up the lead after scoring four runs in the fifth, although Cleveland's Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in the seventh to make it 6-5. Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.
    Yankees 10, Rays 2
    At St. Petersburg, Fla., CC Sabathia pitched seven innings for a rare win at Tropicana Field, leading the Yankees past David Price and the Rays in a matchup of former AL Cy Young Award winners.
    Sabathia (2-2) allowed two runs and seven hits, improving to 2-7 in 12 starts at Tropicana Field since joining the Yankees in 2009. He lowered his ERA to 5.19.
    Twins 7-9, Blue Jays 0-5
    At Minneapolis, unfazed by the subfreezing temperature at first pitch, Kyle Gibson (3-0) allowed four singles in a career-high eight scoreless innings in a day-night doubleheader opener.
    At 31 degrees, took the mound for the coldest start for an outdoor game in Twins history.
    Josmil Pinto highlighted a five-run fifth inning against R.A. Dickey (1-3) with a two-run double, missing a grand slam by a few inches. Trevor Plouffe also had two RBIs.
    In the nightcap, Minnesota scored three straight runs on wild pitches by the Blue Jays' Sergio Santos in the eighth inning, when the Twins walked eight times off three relievers in rallying for a victory.
    Red Sox 3, White Sox 1
    At Chicago, Jon Lester pitched eight sharp innings and David Ross hit a tiebreaking RBI double in Boston's two-run ninth, leading the Red Sox to over the White Sox.
    Lester (2-2) allowed one run and seven hits for his second straight win after opening the season with two losses. The left-hander struck out nine and walked none, winning an impressive pitcher's duel with White Sox ace Chris Sale.
    Royals 5, Astros 1
    At Houston, James Shields struck out 12 in eight innings and the Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Astros.
    Shields (1-2) gave up one run and four hits, all singles. He struck out seven straight batters in the late innings.
    National League
    Dodgers 2, Giants 1
    At San Francisco, Hyun-Jin Ryu stretched his road scoreless streak to 26 innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants to avoid a sweep.
    Ryu (3-1) struck out three and walked one on a season-high 112 pitches in seven innings, helping his club move into a tie with the Giants atop the NL West at 10-6. Kenley Jansen gave up a two-out RBI single to Adrianza before finishing for his fifth save.
    Yasiel Puig returned to the Dodgers starting lineup and went 1 for 4 with a strikeout. He dropped a routine fly ball in right early on but recovered to throw out Brandon Belt at second. He then made a nice over-the-head catch on the next batter and a running grab in shallow center in the eighth with a runner on second.
    Madison Bumgarner (2-1) allowed two runs, six hits and three walks with six strikeouts in 41/3 innings but threw 99 pitches.
    Phillies 1, Braves 0
    At Philadelphia, Ben Revere hit an RBI single with two outs in the eighth, and A.J. Burnett tossed three-hit ball over seven innings to outpitch Alex Wood (2-2). Atlanta's Julio Teheran beat Cliff Lee 1-0 less than 24 hours earlier.
    Antonio Bastardo (2-1) worked the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon finished off the four-hitter with a perfect ninth for his fourth save.
    Rockies 4, Padres 1
    At San Diego, Franklin Morales (1-1) allowed four hits in six innings and Wilin Rosario hit a tiebreaking groundout in a three-run seventh.
    Ian Kennedy (1-2) took a one-hit shutout into the seventh before Corey Dickerson reached on a one-out double, Troy Tulowitzki walked and Justin Morneau lined a ball to right field. Chris Denorfia broke in, then retreated as the ball went over him for an RBI double.
    Cardinals 8, Nationals 0
    At Washington, Adam Wainwright (3-1) pitched his fourth career two-hitter and seventh shutout. He chipped in at the plate with a double and single, and St. Louis benefited from four errors in beating Washington for the eighth straight time dating to Game 5 of the 2012 NL division series.
    Wainwright allowed Ian Desmond's infield single in the second inning and Adam LaRoche's single to right in the ninth. He struck out eight and walked three.
    Pirates 11, Brewers 2
    At Pittsburgh, Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs, Pedro Alvarez had a three-run shot and pinch-hitter Josh Harrison broke a tie with a long ball in the seventh.
    Harrison's two-run drive down the left field line was the second of his career as a pinch hitter.
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