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Cruz connects for 3 RBI but Mariners fall to Texas 7-3

Mariners fall to 0-4 at Safeco this season as bats struggle to come alive

4/11 vs TEX by TOM HAYDEN

SAFECO FIELD, SEATTLE, WA. ----

On Monday night the Mariners looked to start off a fresh series against the visiting Texas Rangers, whom they were successful against to start this 2016 season in the Opening Series. Coming off of the series being swept by Oakland, the M's looked to bounce back with Hisashi Iwakuma on the mound. Things didn't go as planned, however, as the Safeco bats still have failed to truly come alive. 

Something positive to look at right now is Nelson Cruz's bat from last night. Cruz now has 2 HR on the season as he belted a 2-run HR in the 8th inning. Cruz on the night also doubled in the 1st inning, putting all three of Seattle's runs on the board. 

On the mound, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma went 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 8 hits (all earned) and 1 walk. Hisashi however struck out a solid 7 batters on the night. Hisashi Iwakuma is scheduled to pitch again this Sunday in the Bronx, as the Mariners take on the New York Yankees. In relief of Iwakuma Monday night was LHP Mike Montgomery. Montgomery who has had a solid start to the season in his new relief spot went 2 innings striking out 1. Montgomery had a tough night though as he gave up 6 hits and 4 runs, all of which earned. RHP closer Tony Zych came into the game in the ninth, doing his job striking out the 3 batters he faced. 

The Mariners will look to get their first win at Safeco Tuesday night as the Rangers are in town for game 2 of this this series. LHP Wade Miley will get the start for the Mariners (0-0 7.50 ERA), as he will take on TEX LHP Derek Holland (0-0, 5.40 ERA). This will be Wade Miley's Safeco Field debut. With Derek Holland being a lefty, Dae-Ho Lee is in the lineup for the Mariners as well as  Franklin Gutierrez at DH. Also, Ketel Marte is taking the night off as SS Luis Sardiñas will take his spot, batting 2nd in the lineup. Tune into this one on ROOT Sports NW, or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle. 

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue. 

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