ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- A groundball single, a bunt and a bloop
single produced another "little ball" victory for the Seattle
Dan Wilson's RBI single with one out in the 10th inning lifted
the Mariners to a 3-2 victory Saturday night over the Texas
Randy Winn greeted reliever Ugueth Urbina (0-4) with a single
just inside the foul line, eluding the glove of Rangers first
baseman Rafael Palmeiro to open the 10th. Winn went to second on
Jeff Cirillo's sacrifice bunt and raced home on Wilson's bloop
single over the head of Rangers second baseman Michael Young.
"A grounder, a bunt, and a flare ... that's the type of game
they can play with the pitching staff they have," Rangers manager
Buck Showalter said. "They handle the bat, put the ball in play,
Wilson wasn't looking to crush the ball; he was simply trying to
"I'm trying to drive in the run and get the ball to the
outfield any way I can," Wilson said. "It wasn't pretty but it
did the job."
That's the kind of game manager Bob Melvin favors, helping the
Mariners to a 55-31 record, best in the majors.
"Everyone contributed tonight," Melvin said. "Our guys give
themselves up to produce runs. We didn't knock anyone over with our
bats but we got just enough."
Rafael Soriano (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for his first
major league victory.
Gonzalez hit a two-run homer, his 20th, and Kevin Mench went
3-for-4 for Texas.
Mariners starter Jamie Moyer gave up two runs and nine hits over
6 2-3 innings in a no-decision a day before he finds out whether
he'll get his first All-Star selection. Moyer, Seattle's staff
leader with 11 wins, struck out three and walked one.
"When you feel like I did tonight, you don't want to come
out," Moyer said. "Facing this team in this ballpark, you just
try to stay away from the big inning."
Texas' John Thomson also turned in a strong start, allowing two
runs and six hits over seven innings. He struck out five and walked
Thomson, who spent his first five-plus years in the National
League, is familiar with the type of offensive game the Mariners
"I'd heard about the American League waiting for the two- or
three-run homer," said Thomson, who pitched for the Rockies and
Mets before signing a free agent deal the Rangers in January. "But
Seattle plays a lot of National League ball. They bunt and go the
Thomson has gone seven innings in each of his last two starts
after changing his windup. Thomson had lost five of seven starts
before altering his delivery.
"I have a different mentality with it," Thomson said. "I was
aggressive, had good command and threw my slider for strikes."
The Mariners have a major league-best 31-14 road record and are
3-3 on the current road trip. Seattle hasn't had a losing trip this
Seattle got the game's first run in the third when Cirillo
doubled, went to third on a groundout, and scored on Ichiro
Texas took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Palmeiro walked and
Gonzalez followed with his 425th career homer.
The Mariners tied it at 2 in the seventh. John Olerud led off
with a single, and pinch runner Willie Bloomquist went to second on
Mike Cameron's walk. Bloomquist took third on Winn's groundout, and
scored on Cirillo's sacrifice fly.
Dallas Mavericks first-round pick Josh Howard threw out the
ceremonial first pitch. ... Gonzalez has 20 or more homers in 11
seasons, nine with Texas. ... The Mariners are 4-1 in extra inning
games, and Texas is 1-4. ...Suzuki is 10-for-22 in his last six
games. He is a career .360 hitter (73-for-203) against Texas.