Servais’ 1st Win for Mariners is Chippy 10-2 Rout of Texas
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit one of four Seattle homers, fellow former Texas player Leonys Martin had a tiebreaking double and the Mariners bounced back from an opening day loss to beat the Rangers 10-2 Tuesday night.
Scott Servais, who spent six years in player development with Texas, got his first win as a manager while having a shouting match with reigning AL Manager of the Year Jeff Banister.
The pair exchanged words after former Seattle reliever Tom Wilhelmsen hit Chris Iannetta with a pitch. Wilhelmsen, who was ejected, had just given up the second of two homers along with two doubles without getting an out in a six-run Seattle eighth.
Nick Vincent (1-0) pitched a scoreless sixth inning.
Texas reliever Tony Barnette (0-1) lost in his major league debut at age 32 after six seasons in Japan.