Series: Game 2 of 3

Texas leads 2-0 (as of 9/28)

Game 1: Tuesday, September 27
in 11
Game 2: Wednesday, September 28
Game 3: Thursday, September 29

Rangers 7

(79-79, 35-45 away)

Mariners 3

(67-91, 37-40 home)

    10:05 PM ET, September 28, 2005

    Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington 

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    W: C. Young (12-7)

    L: J. Pineiro (7-11)

    S: F. Cordero (37)

    Rangers power back to .500 with win over Mariners

    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.

    Game notes

    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.

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