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Young gets 200th hit in Rangers win

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Although the Texas Rangers faded from
playoff contention after the All-Star break, that hasn't slowed
down Michael Young.

The Rangers' shortstop reached 200 hits for the third straight
season and Gary Matthews Jr. had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly to
lead Texas over the Seattle Mariners 4-3 Thursday night.

Young's RBI single in the third inning made him the 22nd player
in major league history with three consecutive 200-hit seasons. The
last to accomplish the feat was Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki, who is
trying to stretch his run to five straight years.

Young went 1-for-4 and leads the AL with a .328 batting average.

"It's something I can look back on and be proud," Young said
of another 200-hit season that could include his first batting
title. "I never try to go up and do too much. I try to have a
consistent approach and a consistent plan of attack."

Kameron Loe (9-5) pitched 5 1-3 innings and left with a 3-2 lead
despite making three errors in his sixth major league start. He
allowed two runs and six hits, struck out two and walked four.

Loe had two throwing errors and a fielding miscue, but Seattle
scored only one unearned run as a result of the errors and left 13
runners on base.

"We had nine hits but couldn't come up with the big hit when we
needed it," Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said. "We hit some
balls hard but didn't get anything for it. It happens. It's a
frustrating night."

Francisco Cordero gave up an RBI single to Adrian Beltre in the
ninth, but got the final three outs for his 32nd save in 40
chances.

Seattle starter Jeff Harris (2-4) allowed three runs -- two
earned -- and three hits in seven innings, losing his third straight
start while the Mariners had their three-game winning streak
snapped.

On a humid night without the usual wind blowing out to right
field, neither team managed a homer in what is usually a
hitter-friendly park.

"The ballpark played different tonight," Mariners pitching
coach Bryan Price said. "The air was heavy and it played like a
normal park. It was kind of refreshing to have a normal game
here."

Seattle, which opened an 11-game road trip, got a run in the
second when Yuniesky Betancourt doubled, went to third on a wild
pitch, and scored on Suzuki's ground-out.

Two errors by Loe led to an unearned run in the third. Richie
Sexson reached first when Loe was unable to pick up his easy
grounder. Adrian Beltre followed with a grounder back to the mound
for what should have been a routine double play, but Loe's throw to
second base was wide and skipped into the outfield, putting runners
on first and third.

Sexson scored on Greg Dobbs' sacrifice fly to give the Mariners
a 2-0 edge.

"I definitely made it harder on myself," Loe said. "I had an
easy double play but threw it into center field. It was definitely
not perfect on my part but I'll take it. ...I got lucky."

Texas committed another error in the third inning when a line
drive glanced off the glove of third baseman Hank Blalock, tying a
club record for errors in an inning for the 14th time. The last
time the Rangers had three errors in an inning was on Sept. 15,
2002.

Young's RBI single and Blalock's sacrifice fly in the third
inning tied it at 2. Young received a standing ovation when it was
announced on the scoreboard that the single was his 200th hit.

"It's appropriate that his 200th was a meaningful hit,"
Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "He's a special competitor."

Matthews' sacrifice fly in the fourth put the Rangers ahead 3-2,
and Kevin Mench added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Game notes
The Rangers remained with 145 homers at home, tied with the
AL record set last season by the Chicago White Sox. Texas, which
leads the majors with 245 homers overall, is four shy of the big
league record for homers in a home park set by Colorado in 1996.
Seattle holds the overall major league mark of 264 home runs set in
1997. ...Texas matched its season high with four errors. Its only
other four-error game was also against Seattle on Aug. 25 with
Harris as the starter. ...The infield was covered until 1 hour, 15
minutes prior to the first pitch due to heavy rain, forcing both
teams to take batting practice in the indoor cages. ...Jaime Bubela
made his major league debut for Seattle as a pinch runner in the
ninth, stealing a base.