ARLINGTON, Texas — Cole Hamels handed Felix Hernandez his first opening day loss and the Texas Rangers managed to win with just one hit, beating the Seattle Mariners 3-2 Monday.
Prince Fielder blooped an RBI single off Hernandez during a three-run fifth inning that included three walks and two errors.
Seattle had a chance to join the Boston Beaneaters (1887-96) as the only major league clubs to win 10 straight openers. Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager homered early for the Mariners, but the midgame mistakes cost them the lead in the debut of manager Scott Servais.
Hernandez fell to 6-1 in nine opening day starts. Hampered by a lack of run support throughout much of his career, the ace gave up one earned run in six innings, walking five and striking out six.
Hamels won on opening day for the first time in three tries, giving up two runs and striking out eight in seven innings. Shawn Tolleson pitched the ninth for a save.