SEATTLE — Eric Gagne returned to the major leagues with his second save in 22 months, and Ian Kinsler's third home run in four games helped the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners, 5-2, on Friday night.
Kevin Millwood (2-1) yielded a run and seven hits in six innings. Akinori Otsuka worked the eighth and Gagne pitched a scoreless ninth.
Gagne, activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, made his American League debut and finished the game for his first save since June 6, 2005 with the Dodgers. That was the last game Gagne appeared in before back surgery in July ended his season.
Gagne, the 2003 National League Cy Young award winner, yielded a Ben Broussard single to lead off the ninth before striking out Ichiro Suzuki and getting former Dodgers teammate Adrian Beltre to ground into a double play.