AL West champion Rangers maintain momentum, down MarinersSep 25, 2011 - 1:30 AM
Esteban German, Endy Chavez and Andres Blanco each had an RBI for the Rangers, who clinched their second straight American League West title with a 5-3 victory in the opener of this series on Friday.
Texas starter Alexi Ogando pitched two perfect innings before exiting the game. The Rangers will likely use Ogando in the bullpen for the playoffs.
Scott Feldman (2-1) gave up three runs on five hits over four innings of relief to pick up the win.
"I want to get one thing straight," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "When I put nine guys out there that's on my roster, we can win with them, so it's not like we're trying not to win because we put this guy out to play, that guy out to play."
Justin Smoak and Mike Carp had an RBI apiece for Seattle, which has lost three in a row.
Felix Hernandez (14-14) allowed seven runs -- five earned -- on 12 hits over 3 1/3 innings. He left the game after Michael Young's fourth-inning line drive struck him in the right forearm.
The Rangers got on the board in the second inning. Leonys Martin hit his first career double and scored on Blanco's two-out single to left. Blanco was thrown out at second to end the frame.
Seattle plated two runs in the fourth to take the lead. Kyle Seager singled and Dustin Ackley doubled to begin the inning. Carp's sacrifice fly and Smoak's RBI single made it 2-1.
Texas went back in front for good with six runs in the home fourth. Martin singled, Craig Gentry was hit by a pitch and Blanco reached base on an infield single to load the bases. German, Chavez and Murphy hit three straight singles to plate four runs. Young's line drive off Hernandez loaded the bases again. Jeff Gray came in from the bullpen. Mitch Moreland reached base on Gray's throwing error, which allowed two more runs to score for a 7-2 game.
Alex Liddi scored on a wild pitch in the fifth to cut the gap to 7-3.
Yoshinori Tateyama, Darren O'Day and Michael Kirkman each tossed a scoreless inning of relief to seal Texas' victory.
"That was one of our worst games, if not the worst game, of the year," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "Unacceptable. Ugly. It's not what I'm about. It's not what we're about.
"I don't [care] if we've got three games left or 103, that's unacceptable, and we're not going to allow that to happen."
Texas is 14-4 against Seattle this season...Hernandez fell to 0-4 against the Rangers this year and 10-16 lifetime. He was diagnosed with a bruised forearm, with no fracture...Texas has won 10 of its last 12 games.
- SEATTLE: 3
Sep 24 6:50 PM
- Alex Liddi scores on Scott Feldman wild pitch. None on with two outs and Kyle Seager at the plate.
Mariners 3, Rangers 7 Top 5, 2 OutsSep 24 5:49 PM
- Mitch Moreland reached first on Jeff Gray's error scored Endy Chavez and David Murphy. On the play, Michael Young advances to third. Runners on first and third with one out and Matt Treanor due up.
Mariners 2, Rangers 7 Bot 4, 1 OutSep 24 5:42 PM
- Mitch Moreland reached first on Jeff Gray's throwing error scored Endy Chavez. On the play, Michael Young advances to second and David Murphy advances to third. Bases loaded with one out and Matt Treanor due up.
Mariners 2, Rangers 6 Bot 4, 1 OutSep 24 5:34 PM
- David Murphy singled to center scored Andres Blanco and Esteban German. On the play, Endy Chavez advances to second. Runners on first and second with one out and Michael Young due up.
Mariners 2, Rangers 5 Bot 4, 1 OutSep 24 5:27 PM
- Endy Chavez singled to left scored Craig Gentry. On the play, Esteban German advances to second and Andres Blanco advances to third. Bases loaded with one out and David Murphy due up.
Mariners 2, Rangers 3 Bot 4, 1 OutSep 24 5:25 PM
- Esteban German singled to left scored Leonys Martin. On the play, Andres Blanco advances to second and Craig Gentry advances to third. Bases loaded with one out and Endy Chavez due up.
Mariners 2, Rangers 2 Bot 4, 1 OutSep 24 5:24 PM
- Justin Smoak singled to center scored Dustin Ackley. Runner on first with one out and Miguel Olivo due up.
Mariners 2, Rangers 1 Top 4, 1 OutSep 24 5:08 PM
- Mike Carp sacrifice fly out to center scored Kyle Seager. On the play, Dustin Ackley advances to third. Runner on third with one out and Justin Smoak due up.
Mariners 1, Rangers 1 Top 4, 1 OutSep 24 5:07 PM
- Scott Feldman starts the inning for the Rangers.
Mariners 0, Rangers 1 Top 3, 0 OutsSep 24 4:45 PM
- SEATTLE: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Sep 24 4:11 PM
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