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Mariners top Rangers to end six-game losing streak

Apr 24, 2007 - 5:24 AM ARLINGTON, Texas (Ticker) -- Perhaps the Seattle Mariners figured pitcher Cha Seung Baek was their good-luck charm against the Texas Rangers.

Ichiro Suzuki's bases-loaded triple and a strong performance by reliever Brandon Morrow keyed the Mariners in a 5-4 victory against the Rangers.

Baek, Seattle's starter, was recalled on Monday to take the place of staff ace Felix Hernandez, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his right forearm. In three career starts against Texas, the 6-4 righthander was 3-0 with an 0.83 ERA, but he ran into trouble in this one and did not get a decision.

"On the whole, (Baek) was good," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. "I thought he started to try to start doing too much in the fourth and fifth innings and got out of his rhythm."

While Baek's string of success against the Rangers came to an end, the Mariners still managed to pick up a victory and end a six-game losing streak. Baek allowed four runs, eight hits and two walks while striking out one in 4 1/3 innings.

"A lot of guys did a lot of good things tonight. The most obvious was Morrow's contribution," Hargrove said. "He was awfully good in a tough spot."

Morrow (1-0) earned his first career win after tossing 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. The righthander allowed one hit and two walks while striking out two. J.J. Putz retired the final four batters of the game to earn the team's first save of the season.

After Seattle jumped out to a 4-0 lead, Hank Blalock hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead in half. The Rangers got more off Baek in the fifth as Frank Catalanotto tripled with one out and scored on Michael Young's single. Back-to-back singles by Mark Teixeira and Sammy Sosa allowed Young to score and tie the game at 4-4.

"I felt great," Baek said. "The first three innings I was throwing my cutters and sliders well. On Blalock's home run, it was way in and he just hit it."

Morrow replaced Baek following Sosa's hit and intentionally walked Blalock to load the bases, but he managed to escape the jam by striking out Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz.

"I had a lot of adrenaline going and I think it worked well for me," Morrow said. "I wasn't nervous and I was getting my velocity up there."

Adrian Beltre opened the seventh inning with a single and advanced to third when Jose Vidro followed with a base hit. Beltre crossed home plate with the go-ahead run on a groundout by Raul Ibanez.

Morrow and Putz held Texas in check the rest of the way.

"It was definitely nice to come out there with the adrenaline kicking in and have the game on the line," Putz said. "It was fun ... it was just a big W for us."

Seattle opened the scoring with a four-run outburst in the fourth inning off Texas starter Kevin Millwood (2-3). Singles by Ibanez and Jose Guillen and a walk to Yuniesky Betancourt loaded the bases with one out.

Jose Lopez singled to score Ibanez and the bases remained full. After Jamie Burke was called out on strikes, Suzuki tripled to give Seattle a 4-0 lead.

Millwood allowed five runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out five over six innings.

"It was probably the best I've pitched all year," Millwood said. "I didn't feel like they hit too many balls tonight. If I pitch the way I did tonight, we'll win a lot of games."








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SEATTLE 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 5 12 0
    TEXAS 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 9 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: SEA - CHA SEUNG BAEK, BRANDON MORROW (5TH), J.J. PUTZ (8TH) AND
    JAMIE BURKE
    TEX - KEVIN MILLWOOD, RON MAHAY (7TH), SCOTT FELDMAN
    (7TH), C.J. WILSON (9TH) AND GERAL

    Apr 23 11:09 PM
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    Mariners vs. RangersApr 23 11:00 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SEATTLE 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 5 10 0
    TEXAS 0 0 0 2 2 0 4 8 1 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: SEA - BRANDON MORROW
    TEX - SCOTT FELDMAN

    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M YOUNG (.169, 1-FOR-3, RBI)
    M TEIXEIRA (.231, 1-FOR-2, BB)
    S SOSA (.210, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Apr 23 10:22 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY RAUL IBANEZ SCORED ADRIAN BELTRE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J VIDRO ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 5
    TEXAS 4 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: R SEXSON (.163, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Mariners vs. RangersApr 23 10:11 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SAMMY SOSA SCORED MICHAEL YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, S SOSA ON FIRST, M TEIXEIRA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 4
    TEXAS 4 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: H BLALOCK (.262, 1-FOR-2, HR, 2 RBI)

    Mariners vs. RangersApr 23 9:42 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MICHAEL YOUNG SCORED FRANK CATALANOTTO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M YOUNG ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 4
    TEXAS 3 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M TEIXEIRA (.219, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Mariners vs. RangersApr 23 9:35 PM


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    SEATTLE 0 0 0 4 4 7 0
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    CURRENT PITCHERS: SEA - CHA SEUNG BAEK
    TEX - KEVIN MILLWOOD

    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J VIDRO (.267, 0-FOR-2)
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    R SEXSON (.163, 0-FOR-2)

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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY HANK BLALOCK (1) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF CHA SEUNG BAEK SCORED SAMMY SOSA.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 4, TEXAS 2
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: I KINSLER (.333, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Mariners vs. RangersApr 23 9:17 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY ICHIRO SUZUKI SCORED JOSE GUILLEN, YUNIESKY
    BETANCOURT AND JOSE LOPEZ.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, I SUZUKI ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 4
    TEXAS 0 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: A BELTRE (.232, 0-FOR-2)

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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSE LOPEZ SCORED RAUL IBANEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J LOPEZ ON FIRST, Y BETANCOURT ON SECOND, J
    GUILLEN ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1
    TEXAS 0 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J BURKE (.375, 0-FOR-1)

    Mariners vs. RangersApr 23 9:04 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
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    SEATTLE 0 0 0 1 0
    TEXAS 0 0 0 0 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: SEA - CHA SEUNG BAEK
    TEX - KEVIN MILLWOOD

    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M TEIXEIRA (.222, 0 HR, 3 RBI)
    S SOSA (.186, 4 HR, 12 RBI)
    H BLALOCK (.254, 0 HR, 4 RB

    Apr 23 8:25 PM