Rangers’ Martin gets save in opener of MLB tour of Japan

Texas Rangers reliever Chris Martin worked a perfect ninth inning to get the same as a collection of major-league players opened a tour of Japan with a 9-6 win against Yomiuri on Thursday.

Martin had two strikeouts and one grounder. Martin served as a setup reliever last season with the Rangers and did not have a save in 46 appearances.

The tour is a homecoming of sorts for Martin. He pitched for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of the Japan Pacific League in 2016-17 and had 22 saves in 92 relief appearances.

Martin is the only Ranger on the team. Robinson Chirinos, whom the Rangers made a free agent last week by declining an option, is one of three catchers on the club. Chirinos caught Martin’s inning.

The tour continues on Friday with the first of six games against Samurai Japan, the country’s national team.