Matchup: Martin Perez vs. Hisashi Iwakuma
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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.
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