Series: Game 3 of 4

Texas leads 3-0 (as of 9/11)

Game 1: Monday, September 9
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Texas 12
Game 2: Tuesday, September 10
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Game 3: Wednesday, September 11
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Game 4: Thursday, September 12
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Mariners 3

(84-61, 43-31 away)

Rangers 4

(68-77, 39-35 home)

    8:05 PM ET, September 11, 2002

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    W: F. Cordero (2-0)

    L: A. Rhodes (8-4)

    M's Garcia strikes out 12, but gets no-decision

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- So desperate to try avoiding another loss, Bret Boone ignored one of the basic rules of baserunning. And it cost the Seattle Mariners.

    Bret Boone

    After Boone's baserunning blunder kept Seattle from scoring in the top of the ninth despite two doubles, Todd Greene led off the bottom of the inning with a homer and the Texas Rangers dealt another blow to the Mariners playoff chances with a 4-3 win.

    Boone led off the Seattle ninth with a double, then got only to third on Carlos Guillen's hit off the outfield wall. Left fielder Todd Hollandsworth, who knew Guillen's hit was over his head, held up his glove like he had a play. Instead of going halfway, Boone went back to second to tag up, expecting to go to third after the catch.

    "I was for sure he was going to catch it, but in that situation there's no excuse,'' Boone said. "I know you go halfway. I got greedy, and I screwed up. I'm not going to say we lost because of that play, but that play was big and I know better than that.''

    Boone was then thrown out coming home on a suicide squeeze bunt when Jose Offerman struck out against Francisco Cordero (2-0).

    After sweeping a three-game series at Kansas City, the Mariners have lost the first three games to the last-place Rangers. The series wraps up Thursday, then Seattle goes to Oakland for three games. The Mariners trail Anaheim by six games in the AL wild-card race.

    "It's getting down to the nitty gritty, and we can't do this,'' Boone said. "The trip started off great, and now we've lost three in a row. There's no die in this team, but this is not good at this stage.''

    Greene hit a 2-2 pitch off Arthur Rhodes (8-4) down the left-field line for his seventh homer of the season.

    Greene had entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth for catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who struck out three times to end a 13-game hitting streak but left because of a bruised right leg. After pinch-runner Donnie Sadler was caught stealing for third out, Greene got to lead off the ninth.

    The homer was a game-winner because of the deke play by Hollandsworth on Guillen's hit.

    "It's a highly-effective play. I knew he hit the ball well,'' Hollandsworth said. "I knew I couldn't get myself under it. So I could either make an attempt to make a catch running into the wall, or go back hard and act like I was going to catch it.''

    Alex Rodriguez hit his major league-leading 54th homer and rookie Hank Blalock also homered for the Rangers, whose major league record of 27 straight games with a homer had ended in a 3-2 win on Tuesday night.

    The scheduled moment of silence in remembrance of the victims of the terrorist attacks a year earlier was delayed momentarily because of an argument.

    Just at 9:11 p.m., when the game was supposed to stop, Hollandsworth hit a grounder to Boone at second. Carl Everett, running from first, slid well short of the bag to try to avoid Boone's tag but was ruled out by umpire Larry Young.

    As Everett continued to argue, Rangers manager Jerry Narron came out on the field. Seattle manager Lou Piniella then argued that Hollandsworth should have been out because of Everett's interference.

    The first two Texas homers came off Freddy Garcia, who matched a career high with 12 strikeouts in his seven innings. Garcia walked just one and allowed three runs and six hits.

    Rookie Colby Lewis, the Rangers' first pick in the June 1999 draft, pitched into eighth in his first start and left with a 3-1 lead after walking Mike Cameron to start the eighth.

    "Colby was outstanding, it's a shame that we couldn't get him a win,'' Rangers manager Jerry Narron said. "When you see that in someone's first start, you know he is going to be a good pitcher.''

    Lewis held the held the Mariners scoreless until Ruben Sierra's solo homer with two outs in the seventh. After he left, reliever Danny Kolb gave up an RBI double to Ichiro Suzuki and the game-tying RBI single to Edgar Martinez.

    Garcia got the first sevens with strikeouts, but fell behind 2-0 during that same stretch.

    After Rodriguez drew a two-out walk and stole second base in the first, Rafael Palmeiro drove him home with a single to right. Blalock's second homer of the season came in the second and Rodriguez homered in the sixth.

    Game notes

    Ivan Rodriguez was hurt when trying to block a wild pitch in the top of the eighth. He is day-to-day. ... Police officers and firefighters from 30 cities and 10 counties were recognized during pregame activities remembering Sept. 11, 2001. ... Garcia, who also had 12 strikeouts vs. Detroit on Aug. 24, 1999, is 4-5 with a 5.95 ERA in his 12 starts since pitching in the All-Star game. ... Sierra, the former Ranger, is 13-for-32 (.406) with eight RBI at The Ballpark in Arlington this season.

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