SEATTLE (AP) -- Chris Young sometimes has trouble getting his
knees, hips and elbows working in the same direction. When you are
6-foot-10 and 260 pounds, that happens.
Young survived a shaky first inning and went on to match the
Texas rookie record with his 12th victory as the Rangers beat the
Seattle Mariners 7-3 on Wednesday night.Young (12-7) allowed three runs in the first inning but retired
this final eight batters and 11 of the last 12. He allowed three
runs and five hits, struck out four and walked one to match the
Texas first-year record held by Edwin Correa (1986) and Kevin Brown
(1989)."The first inning has been a tough one for me. It's something
I've learned this year," Young said. "I've struggled some. Being
a big pitcher, it's hard for me. I don't have my rhythm quite yet.
I need to settle in and get a feel for myself and my mechanics. I
never judge myself on my first inning. If I can improve after that,
I'm pretty pleased."Alfonso Soriano had two doubles, Michael Young extended his
hitting streak to 24 games with a two-run single and Mark Teixeira
had two hits and an RBI for the Rangers, who had five of their 11
hits in a five-run, second inning."He got a second wind when we put up that 5-spot," Rangers
manager Buck Showalter said. "That challenged him to get back on
the horse a little bit and he did."Francisco Cordero came on in the ninth with two on and one out
and earned his 37th save.Richie Sexson hit a two-run homer for the Mariners."He probably didn't have his best stuff but he's going to
battle you and he kept us in the game," Michael Young said of
Chris Young.In his final season start, Joel Pineiro (7-11) had his shortest
outing of 2005. He lasted three innings, allowing six runs and
seven hits."He had a 14-pitch first inning and a 38-pitch second inning,"
Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said. "It's like somebody turned
the light switch off."Pineiro said he felt good throughout."I just feel behind the hitters and got hit around," he said.
"No excuse."Ichiro Suzuki singled up the middle to open the Mariners' first.
That gave him 197 hits, and he needs three over the final four
games to reach 200 for a record fifth straight season. With one
out, Suzuki stole second and went to third on catcher Gerald
Laird's throwing error. Raul Ibanez then hit an RBI single.Sexson followed with a two-run homer on a 1-0 pitch from Young.
The ball sailed just beyond the leap of left fielder Jason Botts,
hitting the top of the wall and bouncing into the visitor's
bullpen. It was Sexson's 39th home run, and he needs one more for
his third 40-homer season and the 13th by a Mariner.Soriano began the second-inning rally with a one-out double.
Kevin Mench singled him to third and Soriano scored on Botts'
single.Pineiro threw nine straight balls -- forcing in a run by walking
Laird and Gary Matthews Jr. Young followed with a two-run single to
center, then scored on Teixeira's double."I was throwing strikes and getting ahead," Pineiro said.
"All of a sudden, I threw like eight (nine) balls in a row and I
was like, `What's going on?' I felt fine. I don't know what
happened."Texas made it 6-3 in the third on Adrian Gonzalez's RBI single
to center. Matthews added a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
The announced crowd of 20,723 was the smallest in the
5½-year history of Safeco Field. The previous low was 22,428 on
April 21. ... Jeremy Reed, who will miss the rest of the season
with a partially torn left wrist ligament, finished with 33
doubles, one short of the Mariners rookie record set by Alvin Davis
in 1984 and matched by Suzuki in 2001. ... Young's 24-game hitting
streak tied Mickey Rivers (1980) for the second-longest in Texas
history. The longest is 28 games by Gabe Kapler in 2000.