Rangers solidify lead in AL West with win over M'sSep 18, 2011 - 3:01 AM
Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre also hit home runs as Texas won for the fifth time in six games.
Colby Lewis (13-10) allowed six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings for the win.
Neftali Feliz tossed a perfect ninth to earn his 27th save of the year.
The Rangers now hold a 4 1/2 games lead over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for first place in the AL West. The Angels lost 6-2 to the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.
Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-4 with two RBI. The two RBI gave him 601 for his career, making him the fifth player in Mariners' history to accomplish that feat.
Anthony Vasquez (1-4) allowed five runs on seven hits and a walk through three-plus innings in Seattle's fifth loss in seven games.
"You just got to tip your hat I guess. You look back and wish you made a couple different pitches, but they just put some runs on the board fast." Vasquez said about his outing.
Mike Napoli led off the top of the second with a double and crossed the plate three batters later on Craig Gentry's base hit to left to give the Rangers a one-run lead.
But the Mariners answered in the home half of the inning with four runs. Adam Kennedy and Brendan Ryan singled before Michael Saunders walked to load the bases with two outs. Suzuki then sent a base hit up the middle to bring home Kennedy and Ryan. Kyle Seager stepped up next and pulled a two-run double into the right-field corner.
The lead was shortlived, however, as Andrus and Hamilton hit back-to-back home runs to start the third. Two batters later, Beltre also went deep to make it a 4-4 game.
"That was awesome, got us right back in the game. We fell down and the next inning we came up and put three runs up which was huge," Napoli said about the third inning.
Vasquez walked David Murphy to lead off the fourth and was replaced by Jeff Gray on the mound.
After a Gentry groundout, Ian Kinsler walked and Andrus singled to load the bases. Hamilton's two-run single and Michael Young's sacrifice fly gave the Rangers a 7-4 lead.
Mike Carp brought the Mariners within a run in the fifth with a two-run shot over the wall in right-center field. Seager singled prior to Carp's 10th homer of the year.
Trayvon Robinson doubled with two outs in the sixth to knock Lewis out of the game. Darren Oliver came on next and induced a grounder back to the mound by Saunders to end the threat.
Andrus extended his hit streak to 11 games...Feliz has worked 14 scoreless innings in 15 career outings against Seattle. He has converted all seven save opportunities...Vasquez has now lost three straight starts...Texas leads the season series 11-4.
- TEXAS: 7
Sep 17 10:06 PM
- Mike Carp two-out, two-run Home Run (10) to right scored Kyle Seager. Adam Kennedy due up.
Rangers 7, Mariners 6 Bot 5, 2 OutsSep 17 8:44 PM
- Adrian Beltre grounded into a fielder's choice, short to second. On the play, Josh Hamilton out at second to end the inning.
Rangers 7, Mariners 4 Mid 4Sep 17 8:21 PM
- Josh Hamilton singled to right scored David Murphy and Ian Kinsler. On the play, Elvis Andrus advances to third. Runners on first and third with one out and Michael Young due up.
Rangers 6, Mariners 4 Top 4, 1 OutSep 17 8:18 PM
- Adrian Beltre one-out, solo Home Run (26) to left. Mike Napoli due up.
Rangers 4, Mariners 4 Top 3, 1 OutSep 17 7:55 PM
- Josh Hamilton lead-off Home Run (23) to right. Michael Young due up.
Rangers 3, Mariners 4 Top 3, 0 OutsSep 17 7:54 PM
- Elvis Andrus lead-off Home Run (5) to left. Josh Hamilton due up.
Rangers 2, Mariners 4 Top 3, 0 OutsSep 17 7:53 PM
- Kyle Seager double to right scored Michael Saunders and Ichiro Suzuki with two out. Runner on second with two outs and Dustin Ackley due up.
Rangers 1, Mariners 4 Bot 2, 2 OutsSep 17 7:47 PM
- Ichiro Suzuki single to center scored Adam Kennedy and Brendan Ryan with two out. On the play, Michael Saunders advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Kyle Seager due up.
Rangers 1, Mariners 2 Bot 2, 2 OutsSep 17 7:46 PM
- Ian Kinsler grounded into a fielder's choice, short to second On the play, Craig Gentry out at second to end the inning.
Rangers 1, Mariners 0 Mid 2Sep 17 7:35 PM
- TEXAS: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Sep 17 7:10 PM
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