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Texas Rangers first baseman J.P. Arencibia is congratulated by teammate and catcher Geovany Soto during the first inning of their game against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at Marlins Park in Miami. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/MCT)

Nick Martinez turns in sharp outing, leads Rangers past Marlins, 5-4

MIAMI -- Nick Martinez, pitching in his hometown for the first time since high school, allowed two runs and struck out a career-high seven in six innings Wednesday, and the Rangers scored each of their runs with two outs en route to a 5-4 victory over the Marlins.

J.P. Arencibia, another native of the Miami area, had an RBI double in the Rangers' three-run first, and Alex Rios drove in two in the second when his towering popup landed just behind a sliding Giancarlo Stanton in right field.

Martinez had a shutout through three before the Marlins scored twice in the fourth, one of them on a two-out wild pitch, and started the fifth with his career-best strikeout. But he did his best pitching against the meat of the Marlins' order, twice striking out Stanton and retiring cleanup man Casey McGehee all three times.

Rookie right-handers Jon Edwards and Roman Mendez worked a scoreless inning apiece, and the Rangers then hung on in the ninth as Neftali Feliz surrendered a leadoff homer to Marcel Ozuna and a one-out solo shot to pinch-hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

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