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Matchup: Martin Perez vs. Hisashi Iwakuma

7/4/2013

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners finish a three-game series Thursday night when left-hander Martin Perez faces M's right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma at 7:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest, and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and ESPN Deportes Dallas 1540 AM.

Perez (2-1, 2.37): The Rangers turn to 22-year-old Martin Perez to salvage a win in their three-game series against Seattle. … Perez has thrown 11 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings. … He blanked the Cincinnati Reds for 6 2/3 innings Friday. … Perez's changeup has been his key pitch, helping to keep hitters off balance for 13 ground-ball outs. … He allowed six hits and walked one against the Reds in a 4-0 victory. … Perez is 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA in his two starts since being called up from Triple-A Round Rock. … He is 0-1 with a 2.89 ERA for 9 1/3 innings against the Mariners.

Iwakuma (7-3, 2.42): Iwakuma leads the American League in ERA and has pitched well against the Rangers. … He has allowed four earned runs in each of his last three starts, raising his ERA from 1.79 to 2.42. … He gave up four runs in eight innings in a no-decision against the Chicago Cubs. … Iwakuma is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA for his last three starts and hasn't won since June 10. … He's allowed five home runs in his last two games. … He has a 1-0 record and a 1.84 ERA in two starts against Texas this season, both coming at Seattle's Safeco Field. … He is 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA in five career starts against the Rangers.

Hitters: The current Mariners are 2-for-17 against Perez with a double by Justin Smoak. Ian Kinsler (6-for-12, 3 HRs, 3 RBIs) and David Murphy (5-for-15, 1 HR, 3 RBIs) have had success against Iwakuma. Jurickson Profar also has a home run against the Japanese right-hander.