Texas Rangers starting pitcher Justin Grimm (51) throws in the first inning of Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo)
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ARLINGTON, Texas — Former Virginia High star pitcher Justin Grimm’s second major league outing this season went far better than his first.
Grimm (1-0) gave up two runs, one earned, on six hits over six innings in the Texas Rangers’ 11-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
Texas backed the 24-year-old right-hander with four home runs, including Nelson Cruz’s fifth career grand slam, and completed a three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners.
In his fourth career major league start, Grimm struck out nine and walked one for his first win this year. He threw 96 pitches.
He is scheduled to start again Friday against the Minnesota Twins.
Grimm was called up from Triple-A Round Rock on April 11 after opening-day starting pitcher Matt Harrison went on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed nerve in his lower back.
Grimm lasted only four innings in the Rangers’ 4-3 win that night, also over Seattle. He gave up a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first. He threw 92 pitches, allowing two runs, both earned, on five hits while striking out two and walking three for the no-decision.
Harrison is scheduled to undergo surgery for a herniated disc in his back on Tuesday. He’ll likely be out of the rotation until after the All-Star break.
(Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.)