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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