Starting pitcher Nate Robertson threw 2.0 shutout innings and was backed by a solid bullpen effort. RHP Josh Lueke (1-0), LHP Royce Ring, RHP Dan Cortes and LHP Fabio Castro each contributed a scoreless inning to keep the Rangers off the scoreboard from the 5th through 8th innings. RHP Denny Bautista allowed a pair of runs in the 9th, but stranded the potential tying run in scoring position to earn the save.
The Mariners (2-0-1) continue Cactus League play tomorrow (Wednesday, March 2) at 12:05 PT/1:05 MT against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. Right-handed pitcher Michael Pineda is scheduled to make his spring debut for the Mariners against Diamondbacks right-hander Aaron Heilman.