Hernandez struggles as Mariners rally to beat Rangers 9-8

PEORIA, Ariz. — 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.

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