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Hitting streak ends for Ichiro; Mariners defeat Rangers

Jun 3, 2007 - 7:07 AM SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Miguel Batista and the Seattle Mariners didn't need Ichiro Suzuki to extend his hitting streak to take care of the Texas Rangers.

Batista pitched 6 1/3 effective innings and Jose Guillen hit his 150th career homer as the Mariners posted a 5-3 victory over the Rangers on Saturday.

"Tonight we got us a win," said acting manager John McLaren, who filled in for Mike Hargrove while he attended his daughter's high school graduation. "It wasn't an easy win, but we did it."

Yuniesky Betancourt drove in two runs and Kenji Johjima had two hits for Seattle, which saw Ichiro's hitting streak end at 25 games. The six-time All-Star and 2001 American League MVP had two groundouts, popped out and reached first base on a fielder's choice in his four at-bats.

"I'm definitely not happy about it," said Ichiro through an interpreter.

Ichiro, who set a club record with a hit in his 25th consecutive game on Friday, had posted 17 multiple-hit games during the sixth 20-plus game streak of his career. He batted .411 (46-for-112) during his run.

Batista (6-4) allowed two runs, five hits and two walks to record his third straight victory. The veteran righthander, who struck out five, is 3-3 lifetime vs. Texas.

"Tonight was a night that I needed to last a little longer, so I was trying to be more careful," said Batista, who threw 113 pitches. "We needed a win. We are playing more consistently and winning series more often."

Batista was cruising through six innings before running into trouble in the seventh.

After recording the first out of the inning, Batista surrendered a single to Ian Kinsler and a walk to Gerald Laird before he was relieved Eric O'Flaherty. However after striking out Ramon Vazquez, O'Flaherty walked a batter and hit Michael Young to plate Kinsler from third base.

Rookie Brandon Morrow replaced O'Flaherty and proceeded to walk two more batters to make it 5-3 before striking out Frank Catalanotto to end the inning. The three Seattle pitchers threw 49 pitches in the frame.

"We were one pitch away from blowing it open in the seventh inning, but we just couldn't get it done," Texas manager Ron Washington said.

Closer J.J. Putz pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing only a solo homer to Mark Teixeira in the ninth, to earn his 13th consecutive save.

"We don't like going to him that early in the game, but tonight I felt like we had to do it," McLaren said.

With the Mariners leading, 2-0, in the sixth inning, Guillen helped open the lead even further. The 31-year old Dominican belted the first pitch he saw from Kameron Loe over the left field wall for his seventh homer of the season. Johjima added an RBI double and Betancourt had a sacrifice fly later in the frame to increase the lead to five.

Betancourt added a run-scoring double in the second to extend his own hitting streak to 14 games, now currently the longest streak in the majors..

Loe (1-5) surrendered five runs, eight hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings. The righthander, who struck out two, has not won since his first start in 2007.

"When Loe had to make pitches from the first through the fifth, he did well," Washington said. "And then in the sixth, he left a slider up to Guillen, and they ended up putting three runs on the board."

Catcher Gerald Laird said it was not a typical Loe performance.

"It was one of those things where it's uncommon for him to walk guys to lead off innings, and tonight he just couldn't get that first guy to do something," Laird said.

Kinsler and Vazquez each had two hits for the Rangers, who have lost three of four and are just 2-5 vs. the Mariners this season.








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    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TEXAS 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 4 7 0
    SEATTLE 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 x 5 9 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: TEX - KAMERON LOE, FRANK FRANCISCO (6TH) AND GERALD LAIRD
    SEA - MIGUEL BATISTA, ERIC O'FLAHERTY (7TH), BRANDON
    MORROW (7TH), JON HUBER (8TH), J.J. PUTZ (8TH) AND KE

    Jun 3 1:22 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MARK TEIXEIRA (10) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF J.J. PUTZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 4, SEATTLE 5
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: S SOSA (.246, 0-FOR-3, BB, RBI)

    Rangers vs. MarinersJun 3 1:20 AM
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    Rangers vs. MarinersJun 3 1:20 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO SAMMY SOSA SCORED KENNY LOFTON.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, S SOSA ON FIRST, M TEIXEIRA ON SECOND, M
    YOUNG ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 3
    SEATTLE 5 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: F CATALANOTTO (.188, 1-FOR-3)

    Rangers vs. MarinersJun 3 12:33 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO MARK TEIXEIRA SCORED GERALD LAIRD.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M TEIXEIRA ON FIRST, M YOUNG ON SECOND, K
    LOFTON ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 2
    SEATTLE 5 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: S SOSA (.246, 0-FOR-3)

    Rangers vs. MarinersJun 3 12:33 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    MICHAEL YOUNG HIT BY ERIC O'FLAHERTY PITCH WITH BASES
    LOADED SCORED IAN KINSLER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M YOUNG ON FIRST, K LOFTON ON SECOND, G
    LAIRD ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 1
    SEATTLE 5 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M TEIXEIRA (.293, 0-FOR-3)

    Rangers vs. MarinersJun 3 12:22 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY YUNIESKY BETANCOURT SCORED RICHIE SEXSON.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, K JOHJIMA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 0
    SEATTLE 5 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J LOPEZ (.278, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Rangers vs. MarinersJun 2 11:56 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY KENJI JOHJIMA SCORED RAUL IBANEZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, K JOHJIMA ON SECOND, R SEXSON ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 0
    SEATTLE 4 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: Y BETANCOURT (.294, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Rangers vs. MarinersJun 2 11:54 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JOSE GUILLEN (7) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    6TH OFF KAMERON LOE.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 0, SEATTLE 3
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: R IBANEZ (.278, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Rangers vs. MarinersJun 2 11:50 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    ICHIRO SUZUKI HIT INTO DOUBLE PLAY SCORING JOSE LOPEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 0
    SEATTLE 2 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J VIDRO (.294, 0-FOR-2)

    Rangers vs. MarinersJun 2 11:37 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY YUNIESKY BETANCOURT SCORED RAUL IBANEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, Y BETANCOURT ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 0
    SEATTLE 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J LOPEZ (.280, 6 HR, 25 RBI)

    Rangers vs. MarinersJun 2 10:39 PM