SEATTLE (CBS Seattle/AP) — The Mariners had gone 23 consecutive innings without scoring in the series against the Rangers before John Jaso stepped up to the plate in the eighth inning.
Jaso finally got in the lineup for the Seattle Mariners, and came through with big hits off two of the Texas Rangers’ top relievers.
He led off the eighth with a triple into the right-field corner off Alexi Ogando and scored on Dustin Ackley’s single.
Jaso’s RBI single in the ninth inning capped a three-run rally off of new Texas closer Joe Nathan that pushed the Mariners past the two-time defending American League champions 4-3 on Wednesday night.
“I was happy to finally get in there,” Jaso said, a catcher who made 67 starts for Tampa Bay last season. “I thought it was a good debut for me in a Mariners’ uniform.”
Jaso was the designated hitter for his first game. Jesus Montero, the DH his first five starts, got his first action behind the plate while regular catcher Miguel Olivo got a night off.
Mariners rookie left-hander Lucas Luetge (1-0) had two strikeouts in 1 1-3 innings for his first major league victory. Brandon League worked the ninth for his third save in three chances.
Kevin Millwood, Seattle’s oldest pitcher at 37, allowed one run with seven strikeouts and three walks over six innings in his first start of the season.