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Mariners rally late to beat Rangers 9-8

Mariners rally late to beat Rangers 9-8
Texas Rangers' Jim Adduci (35) slides safely into third as Seattle Mariners' Kyle Seager takes the throw during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — A shaky Felix Hernandez allowed four earned runs in 2 1/3 innings before the Seattle Mariners rallied late to beat the Texas Rangers 9-8 on Sunday.

Making his second Cactus League start, Hernandez (1-1) allowed four hits and walked one, while striking out four. Hernandez opened the game by issuing a leadoff walk to Jurickson Profar before sandwiching a pair of strikeouts around a flyout by Prince Fielder.

Fielder got the best of Hernandez in the third, though, when he lined a double that scored Elvis Andrus and sparked a four-run inning. Hernandez left the game one batter later after striking out Michael Choice, who reached on a wild pitch.

Texas starter Colby Lewis, also making his second spring appearance, held the Mariners scoreless over two innings.

Seattle's reserves scored six runs in the eighth, erasing Texas' five-run lead.

The Mariners return to action Monday with a split squad game against Kansas City in the afternoon, and then they follow that up with a night game against Arizona.
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