Series: Game 3 of 3

Florida won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, June 10
Game 2: Saturday, June 11
Game 3: Sunday, June 12

Rangers 6

(33-28, 16-16 away)

Marlins 2


    1:05 PM ET, June 12, 2005

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    W: R. Rodriguez (1-0)

    L: B. Moehler (2-4)

    S: J. Wasdin (1)

    Rodriguez wins season debut; Wasdin gets first save since '00

    MIAMI (AP) -- The Texas Rangers ended their longest losing streak of the season thanks to two pitchers making their season debuts.

    Ricardo Rodriguez pitched five effective innings and John Wasdin earned a four-inning save to help the Rangers snap a five-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over the Florida Marlins.

    Richard Hidalgo's two-run homer in the eighth provided insurance runs.

    Both Rodriguez and Wasdin joined the Rangers hours before the game. Rodriguez (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma, allowed two runs and seven hits, walked one and struck out five. He also had his first career hit and first career RBI.

    "I wasn't nervous, I was excited. I had nice adrenaline," said Rodriguez, who has a 9-12 career record. "But after, that I had to calm myself down. That's the only way I could keep myself in the game as long as possible."

    Wasdin, whose contract was purchased from Oklahoma earlier Sunday, got his fourth career save -- first since July 16, 2000, against Montreal while he with Boston.

    "I was down in Oklahoma, still getting my job done, trying to be the best Triple-A pitcher I could be," said Wasdin, who took a 6 a.m. flight from New Orleans and arrive at Dolphins Stadium about four hours before gametime. "I didn't moan or groan when transactions happened, I just did my job."

    Brian Moehler (2-4) gave up four runs, seven hits and three walks -- one intentional -- and struck out a season-high seven for the Marlins, who have lost 13 of 18. Moehler dropped to 0-3 at home despite a 2.33 ERA.

    "We're in good shape, this is a long season," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "August and September is when the cream comes to the top."

    Texas extended its lead to 4-2 in the sixth on Rod Barajas' run-scoring double -- a low line drive just to the right of second baseman Damion Easley.

    Hidalgo's two-run shot off Guillermo Mota in the eighth made it 6-2. Hidalgo has 12 homers on the season, including eight of his last 17 hits overall.

    "We knew we couldn't lose a sixth game in a row," Hidalgo said. "Our pitching did the job today."

    Texas went ahead 1-0 in the first on Hank Blalock's two-out double.

    Florida tied it in the bottom of the inning on Miguel Cabrera's RBI single, and went ahead 2-1 in the third on Jeff Conine's two-out run-scoring double.

    Rodriguez's first career hit and first career RBI capped a two-run fourth that gave Texas a 3-2 lead. Blalock led off by reaching on an infield single when first baseman Carlos Delgado made a nice diving stop but Moehler was late covering the bag.

    "I just got a late first step," Moehler said. "My fault. That's all it takes for him to beat it out."

    Alfonso Soriano then doubled to deep right-center field, putting runners on second and third. After Laynce Nix's ground out scored Blalock, Rodriguez slapped a single to left for his first hit in seven career at-bats.

    "All our pitchers did a great job swinging the bat in the whole interleague series," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "But I would not hold my breath that would continue with Ricardo."

    Game notes

    Umpire Troy Fullwood filled in for crew chief Randy Marsh, who missed his second straight game because of a family medical emergency. Fullwood worked second base. ... Before the game, the Rangers placed right-hander Joaquin Benoit (elbow tendinitis) on the 15-day disabled, and designated outfielder Andres Torres for assignment. ... Texas' Mark Teixeira was 1-for-15 in the series. ... Marlins pinch hitter Paul Lo Duca was ejected in the ninth after arguing a called third strike.

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