After struggling to score runs recently, the Seattle Mariners' offense finally appears to have come alive.
The Mariners look for another big offensive output when they wrap up their weekend series with the Texas Rangers on Sunday.Seattle (4-3), which has the worst team batting average in the majors at .214, had gone without a homer in its last four games before Adrian Beltre and Jose Guillen went deep in Saturday's 8-3 win over the Rangers. The Mariners' had scored just eight runs with no homers in their last four games combined."We've swung the bats well in six games. We don't have a lot of hits to show for it," Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said.Beltre, who hit 25 home runs last season, hit a two-run drive for his first homer Saturday, giving Seattle a 6-0 lead in the fourth inning."It's always good to get the first one out of the way. I've been swinging the bat good lately and it's good to see some results," said Beltre, who still is batting just .192.Guillen, who had nine homers in 69 games during an injury-shortened 2006 season with Washington, added a two-run shot in the seventh.Ichiro Suzuki also snapped an 0-for-13 streak with a two-out single in the fourth, and also is batting .192. The two-time batting champion also got off to a slow start last season -- hitting just .200 after seven games -- but finished at .332, his sixth straight season batting better than .300.Pitcher Horacio Ramirez makes his first official start of the season in this game for Seattle. Ramirez took the mound for the Mariners in Cleveland's scheduled home opener on April 6, but after nearly three hours of stoppages because of snow the game was finally called one strike shy of an official game.He walked six batters and allowed four runs, but cancellation of the game means his statistics won't count.The left-hander spent the last four seasons with Atlanta, where he went 30-22 with a 4.13 ERA in 84 starts and 86 appearances, but was hampered by injuries. He went just 5-5 with a 4.48 ERA in 14 starts last season after suffering a strained left hamstring, a line drive off his head and a sprained middle finger on his pitching hand.Ramirez is 6-0 with a 2.95 ERA in eight starts career against AL opponents and will be making his first appearance versus the Rangers.Texas (5-6) counters with Brandon McCarthy (1-1, 3.75 ERA), who allowed two runs and five hits while striking out five in six innings of a 8-4 victory over Tampa Bay on Monday for his first win with the Rangers.McCarthy, who was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in December, will make his first career start against Seattle. In two relief appearances against the Mariners last season, he went 0-1, allowing two runs and six hits in 3 2-3 innings.Sammy Sosa hit his 590th career homer and second of the season on Saturday after taking a year off of baseball. Though he hit .408 with five homers in 17 games this spring to make the team, he's batting just .167 (6-for-36) with five RBIs this season."There are still more pieces to find and the more that I play the more I will find out all the adjustments I have to make," said Sosa, 2-for-5 with a homer in his career against Ramirez.