Nuno shuts down Rangers to end long winless streak

Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:54am EDT
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - Seattle Mariners left-hander Vidal Nuno threw seven shutout innings of one-hit ball, striking out a career-high 10 along the way, to beat the Texas Rangers 6-0 and earn his first win since June 27, 2014 on Wednesday.

After ending the long winless drought, Nuno did everything in his power to downplay his role in the game.

"A good win," he told reporters after snapping an 11-decision losing streak, while winning for the first time in 21 starts and 45 appearances. "Everyone contributed."

Manager Lloyd McClendon was a bit more enthusiastic.

"I was cheering in the dugout: 'Nuno! Nuno!" McClendon joked.

Nuno (1-2) walked two in his 106-pitch outing before Seattle relievers Danny Farquhar and Carson Smith each threw a perfect inning to complete the one-hitter.

Texas (73-65) later fell two games behind Houston in the AL West standings when the Astros beat Oakland, after the Rangers had started the day with a chance to earn a piece of first place for the first time since Aug. 11 but were derailed by the loss.

"(Nuno) had terrific movement and we couldn't find the rhythm offensively," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said.

First baseman Mark Trumbo and third baseman Kyle Seager each hit two-run homers to provide most of the Mariners' offensive damage. That duo combined for eight of Seattle's nine hits.   Continued...

 
Seattle Mariners pitcher Vidal Nuno (38) throws against the Texas Rangers during the first inning at Safeco Field.  Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports