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SEA@TEX: Beavan hurls 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball

ARLINGTON -- Mariners pitcher Blake Beavan has watched hundreds of games at the Ballpark in Arlington, having grown up 25 minutes away in Irving, Texas. But he couldn't recall if he'd ever seen a 1-0 contest.

That's understandable, given there had been only nine games with that score since the hitter-friendly park opened in 1994. But that number grew to 10 on Tuesday, as the Rangers spoiled Beavan's return to his roots with the rare pitchers' duel at the Ballpark.

"Holding them to one run, holding them to three runs, is just a bonus," Beavan said after his sterling season debut. "That lineup one through nine can do damage. There's no break. There's no time to take off a pitch. You've got to go after whoever is in the box one pitch at a time and that's what I tried to do."

Beavan, 23, allowed just the one run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings, but Seattle could muster only four singles and nary a run against first-time starter Neftali Feliz and a pair of Rangers relievers.

Seattle's scoreless streak reached 17 straight innings after jumping on Yu Darvish early in Monday's series opener as the Mariners (3-3) dropped their second straight.

The Rangers were impressed by their former 2007 first-round Draft pick, who was traded to Seattle in the Cliff Lee deal in 2010.

"Beavan was good," designated hitter Michael Young said after an 0-for-4 night. "When we had runners on base, we didn't deliver like we normally do. He made good pitches when he had to. He has always had good fastball command but mixed it up and was able to throw his breaking ball for strikes."

Feliz was even better for the defending American League West champs, who won their seventh straight against Seattle. The Mariners came into the game on an 0-for-48 streak against Felix in 17 relief appearances over the previous three seasons, and he ran that to 58 straight before Justin Smoak singled to right in the fourth inning.

Smoak and rookie designated hitter Jesus Montero each wound up with a pair of hits off the 23-year-old Dominican in his seven innings, but the hard-throwing right-hander finished with seven scoreless frames in an impressive rotation debut.

"Everybody knows he can throw 100, but he was mixing in a lot of pitches tonight," Montero said. "He struck me out on an off-speed pitch the first time, so I kind of forgot about the fastball for a little bit. Then I got base hits on a slider and changeup. But he was unbelievable tonight. Amazing."

Third baseman Kyle Seager saw his hot streak cooled off with an 0-for-4 night against Feliz. He said the former closer unveiled a changeup he hadn't seen last year.

"When you're starting, you're not going to throw as hard as when you're closing," Seager said. "But he was still mid-90s. When you get a guy throwing that hard, you get ready for the fastball and when he can throw off-speed pitches for strikes, it makes it tough."

Texas touched Beavan for its lone run in the second on a double by Adrian Beltre and RBI single by David Murphy. Young hit into a fielder's choice back to Beavan after Beltre's double, with Beavan whirling and throwing to Seager at third.

But Beltre stayed in the rundown long enough to allow Young to move into second and he wound up moving to third on a wild pitch and then scoring on an infield single by Murphy that Munenori Kawasaki knocked down at shortstop, but couldn't make a play on.

Otherwise, the 6-foot-7 Texan avoided damage by throwing strikes, keeping the ball in the park and walking just one batter while striking out three.

Beavan enjoyed everything about the day except the final score.

"All day my stomach was queasy so I could tell it wasn't any other game for me," he said. "Growing up here, it's something I dreamed of doing ever since I was a little kid, pitching on that mound. It was a dream come true, I guess."

Chone Figgins helped Beavan out with a nice catch of a ball hit by Mitch Moreland leading off the third, extending his glove at the last second to snare the line drive over his head in left field.

Kawasaki, getting the start in place of a benched Brendan Ryan at shortstop, made a great pick of a throw in the dirt by Miguel Olivo to catch Ian Kinsler stealing in the third.

Beavan bore down in the fifth after a one-out double by Murphy, who advanced to third on an error. But Beavan got Mike Napoli and Moreland to pop out, keeping the score at 1-0.

The youngster did it again in the sixth, getting Young to fly out with runners on first and third and two out. Tom Wilhelmsen finished off the final 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

It was the fourth time the Mariners played a 1-0 game in Arlington, including appearances at the previous Arlington Stadium. Seattle is now 1-3 in those low-scoring affairs. Comments