MIAMI - Matt Treanor had to wait until the ninth inning to get a chance against his former team.
The payoff was well worth it.
His pinch-hit, two-run triple in the ninth inning lifted the Texas Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Florida Marlins on Tuesday night.
“I had feelings,” said Treanor, who played five seasons with the Marlins from 2004-2008. “I think anybody that has a chance to play their former team, they’re always wanting to show them that, ‘Hey, I’m a quality player, and I feel I deserve to be here.’ ”
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Josh Hamilton led off the ninth with a single and stole second before Justin Smoak popped up and David Murphy advanced him on a groundout. Julio Borbon walked before Treanor’s hit off Leo Nunez (2-1) gave the Rangers their sixth win in seven games.
He didn’t want to use the word “revenge,” though.
“I’m not a journalist, but I’d say ‘elated,’ ” Treanor said.
Manager Ron Washington elected to go with Treanor although he had a left-handed bat on the bench to face Nunez, a righty.
“I think Treanor was the better hitter,” Washington said. “I wasn’t worried about right versus right or left versus right, I was worried about getting the best hitter in the box, and I thought Treanor was it. He went up there and proved us right.”
It was Nunez’s (2-1) third blown save in 16 chances.
Neftali Feliz pitched a scoreless ninth for his 16th save in 18 opportunities.
Alexi Ogando (1-0), a 26-year old right-hander, pitched a scoreless eighth inning to win in his major league debut.
Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer off starter C.J. Wilson in the sixth inning to give the Marlins a 2-1 lead.