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4-4 - Brett Nicholas and the Rangers defeat the Mariners

Brett Nicholas' big league debut a success as the Rangers beat the Mariners 7-3

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The battery for tonight's game featured everyone's baseball dad Colby Lewis with Brett Nicholas behind the plate making his Major League debut. This was Lewis' 188 game on the mound for the Rangers since 2002 in essentially three different stays with Texas.

Nicholas called his first Rangers win while Colby picked up his 72nd win in Rangers' uniform. That's good for 6th highest in franchise history and just six wins behind Kevin Brown for fifth on the list. For the night, Colby went six innings and allowed just one run on four hits, one walk, and six strikeouts.

It was an unforeseen combination that brought the Rangers their fourth win of the season but it was a win that Nicholas will always remember and yet another example for why we'll always remember Colby Lewis.

Player of the Game: Nicholas made his debut in front of friends and family and threw out Nori Aoki trying to steal second base after Aoki led off the game with a single. In the top of the seventh, Nicholas doubled to the right-center gap for his first big league hit and eventually scored to pad the lead and finished 2 for 4 on the night with two runs scored.

Up Next: Derek Holland take the mound against LHP Wade Miley of the Mariners as the Rangers once again try to win their first April series since 2014.