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Volquez's first MLB win helps resurgent Rangers nip M's

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Texas rookie Edinson Volquez showed his
veteran counterpart that he knows a few things about pitching
himself.

The 23-year-old Volquez pitched seven shutout innings to earn
his first career win, helping the Texas Rangers beat 43-year-old
Jamie Moyer and the Seattle Mariners 5-4 Saturday night.

Gary Matthews Jr. and Gerald Laird homered as the Rangers won
their fourth straight game.

Volquez, who was making his fifth career start, went 0-4 last
year with the Rangers and was making his second start of the
season. He came into the game with a career 12.23 ERA.

"There's no substitute for experience," Texas manager Buck
Showalter said. "You have to experience the ups and downs and keep
the downs to a minimum. It's starting to come together for him."

Volquez (1-1) allowed four hits and struck out three. He capped
his 104-pitch outing by striking out Adam Jones and Ichiro Suzuki
to end the seventh inning before Joaquin Benoit relieved him to
start the eighth.

Volquez showed some veteran composure when he escaped
bases-loaded jams in the second and fourth. He ended the threat
each time by retiring Jones, the No. 9 hitter.

Jones stuck out in the second and grounded out in the fourth on
fastballs.

"When I get in a situation I think 'You can do it. Make your
best pitch," Volquez said. "The fastball away is my best pitch."

Moyer (6-11) allowed five runs and 10 hits in six innings. He is
1-5 over his last eight starts with a 6.33 ERA.

"You don't expect low scoring games here," Moyer said. "If
you give up three, four or five runs, you're going to have a chance
to win."

Volquez left with a 5-0 lead and Seattle rallied against the
Rangers' bullpen.

Kenji Johjima, who was 3-for-4, hit an RBI single off Benoit in
the eighth and Yuniesky Betancourt followed with a two-run single
to cut it to 5-3.

Rick Bauer relieved Benoit and promptly gave up an RBI double to
Willie Bloomquist. But Bauer struck out pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs on
three pitches to end the inning.

Akinori Otsuka worked the ninth for his 23rd save in 26 chances.

"We squared up a lot of baseballs and they just made the
plays," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. "Our guys battled all
night, it just didn't happen."

Matthews, who also homered Friday night, hit his 14th homer
leading off the fifth against Moyer. Mark DeRosa added a
run-scoring single in the fifth to give him 14 RBI in the last
five games.

The Rangers, who have scored 41 runs in their last four
contests, have outscored the Mariners 27-13 in winning the first
three games of the four-game series.

After slumping to a 5-7 record in the first 12 games after
acquiring slugger Carlos Lee, Laird said the Rangers are hitting
their stride.

"This is what we're supposed to be doing," Laird said. "This
is what we made all those moves for."

Texas took a 1-0 lead in the first when Matthews doubled and
scored on Michael Young's single. Nelson Cruz added a sacrifice fly
in the second.

After the Rangers scored two in the fifth, Laird added a solo
shot off Moyer in the sixth. It was his sixth of the season.

Moyer has given up 25 home runs this season.

Game notes
The game was delayed 20 minutes by rain in the third
inning. ... Texas slugger Mark Teixeira was 3-for-3 and reached
base in his 36th straight game -- the longest active streak in the
American League. ... Seattle has lost 11 of its last 13 at Texas.
... Texas 3B Hank Blalock went 0-for-3, snapping his 12-game
hitting streak.