Mariners Beat Rangers 5-2 On Opening Day

Mariners Beat Rangers 5-2 On Opening Day

SEATTLE (AP) — Erik Bedard pitched five strong innings in his Seattle Mariners’ debut in a 5 to 2 victory over the Texas Rangers before a record Opening Day Safeco Field crowd of 46,334.

Bedard didn’t get the win because the Mariners offense didn’t wake up until he left the game trailing 1-0.

The 29-year-old left-hander allowed three hits, including a solo homer by Michael Young, and walked four, while striking out five.

Bedard was acquired in a 5-for-1 trade from Baltimore during the offseason.

The Mariners took a 2-1 lead in sixth inning and added three runs in the seventh. Adrian Beltre had a go-ahead groundout in the sixth, while Jose Lopez had a two-run double in the seventh.

Sean Green got the win in relief, allowing two hits in 1 2-3 innings. Mariners closer J.J. Putz pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.

The Mariners will play Game 2 of their season at 7:10 tomorrow night against the Rangers at Safeco. They’ll go with Felix Hernandez, a 14-game winner last season, against Vicente Padilla.