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Guillen plates winning run in 10th inning

9/18/2002

SEATTLE (AP) -- Carlos Guillen became the latest Seattle player
to give a little extra at Safeco Field.

Guillen hit a two-out single that scored pinch-runner Jose
Offerman in the 10th inning and gave the Mariners a 3-2 victory
over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

Arthur Rhodes (9-4) pitched 1 2/3 innings for Seattle, seven
games behind Oakland in the AL wild-card race with 11 games left.

The Mariners improved to 6-0 in extra-inning games at home.

''We just seem to have that extra bit of confidence when it goes
past the ninth inning here,'' Guillen said.

John Olerud led off the 10th with a single off Rich Rodriguez
(3-2) and Offerman pinch-ran. He took second on Bret Boone's
sacrifice, moved to third on an infield out and scored on Guillen's
drive off C.J. Nitkowski, which bounced off the center-field wall.

Guillen's shot sailed over the head of Donnie Saddler, who was
playing shallow. Guillen saw Sadler's positioning.

''I just wanted to drive the ball and hit it hard somewhere,''
Guillen said.

Rangers manager Jerry Narron defended the positioning of Sadler,
who was a defensive substitute in the eighth inning.

''We brought him in a couple of steps. I'd rather have him
defend a ball in front of him than defend a ball at the warning
track,'' Narron said.

With the score 2-all in the ninth, Edgar Martinez walked with
two outs after falling behind 0-2 in the count. Jay Powell argued
about the strike zone and was ejected by plate umpire John
Hirschbeck. Luis Ugueto ran for Martinez and was thrown out trying
to steal second base.

Seattle also had runners on first and second with no outs in the
eighth, but Guillen flied out. and pinch-hitters Ruben Sierra and
Desi Relaford fouled out.

Texas starter Chan Ho Park allowed two runs -- one earned -- five
hits and eight walks in eight innings.

Seattle's Ryan Franklin, made his 10th career start, struck out
a career-high nine and walked two in 8 1/3 innings. He retired his
first 14 batters before Carl Everett's looping single into shallow
left field.

Boone got his 99th RBI when he walked with the bases loaded in
the first after Park walked two batters and hit another. John
Olerud added a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Texas tied the score in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Michael
Young and an RBI single by Alex Rodriguez, who stopped an 0-for-12
slide.

''It was a big situation because I haven't been making good
contact,'' Rodriguez said.

Game notes
After Rodriguez fouled a ball into the first-base stands in
the sixth inning, a fan threw the ball back onto the field and
nearly hit him. On the next pitch, Rodriguez singled. ... The
Rangers had their second consecutive game without a home run after
homering in 32 of their previous 33 games. ... Cameron stole his
30th base, most on the Mariners.