ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Adam Jones was surprised when Mariners
manager Mike Hargrove called on him to hit in a big spot for
He ended up making the most of his opportunity.
Jones had a pinch-hit, two-run single with two outs in the 10th
inning to help the Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 9-7 Tuesday
Jones was hitting .205 and he hadn't played since last
Wednesday. He thought he might enter the game in the 10th as a
pinch runner, but he wasn't expecting Hargrove to send him in to
"Yeah, I was surprised," Jones said. "Usually if he calls me
it's to run. But he came and told me to get loose. I'm thinking I'm
going to run for somebody, and he's like, 'You're batting.'"
Seattle stranded 16 baserunners in the game, but scored two runs
in the ninth to tie it. Richie Sexson walked with one out in the
10th against C.J. Wilson (2-3). Sexson went to second on Mike
Morse's pinch-hit single before he was replaced by pinch-runner
Jose Lopez, who advanced along with Morse on a groundout.
Jones went up looking for a first-pitch fastball from Joaquin
Benoit, the eighth Texas pitcher, and that's exactly what he got,
lining a single up the middle to plate both runs.
"For a guy who hasn't had an at-bat in a while, to come up
there against a guy like Benoit, who's got really good stuff, it
was a huge hit for him and a huge hit for us," said Willie
Bloomquist, who had a career-high five hits.
Jon Huber (2-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief to earn
the win and J.J. Putz got three outs for his 33rd save in 39
Mark Teixeira, Hank Blalock and Ian Kinsler homered in a
four-run third inning for the Rangers, who had a three-game winning
streak end. Gary Matthews Jr. went 3-for-5 and led off the first
with a homer for Texas.
Rangers closer Akinori Otsuka started the ninth with a 7-5 lead,
but he sparked the Mariners' rally when he committed a three-base
error, throwing wildly to first on a leadoff comeback grounder by
pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs.
Bloomquist's two-out RBI single drove in Dobbs. Bloomquist stole
second and Suzuki singled to tie it at 7 and hand Otsuka his fourth
blown save in 36 chances.
"If I got the first batter out, it would have been different,
but I made a mistake," Otsuka said through a translator. "It put
us in a tough situation."
Otsuka has battled Suzuki in their native Japan as well as the
U.S., and he tried to pitch carefully to him.
"I know how great Ichiro is with runners in scoring position,"
Matthews hit his 19th homer in the first inning and Blalock
added an RBI single to give Texas a 2-1 lead.
Seattle tied it at 2 in the second on Suzuki's RBI single.
Suzuki stole second later in the inning to extend his AL
single-season record to 34 straight successful steal attempts. It
was his 40th stolen base overall.
Mariners starter Jarrod Washburn took himself out of the game in
the third inning with a strained right calf after allowing
Teixeira's 28th homer and Mark DeRosa's double. Washburn gave up
three runs and four hits in 2 1/3 innings.
"When I threw that pitch, it felt like someone stabbed me with
a knife," Washburn said of his last throw. "At first I felt I
ripped my Achilles'. That's what I was thinking it was."
Blalock greeted reliever Cesar Jimenez with a two-run shot -- his
16th -- and Kinsler followed with his 13th to make it 6-2.
DeRosa's double gave the Rangers four players with 40 or more
two-base hits, making them the first team since 1932 and the third
in major league history to accomplish the feat. Michael Young,
Matthews and Teixeira had already reached the 40-doubles mark.
Seattle scored twice in the fourth with the help of another
stolen base by Suzuki, his 35th in a row.
Rangers rookie starter Edinson Volquez had a 6-2 lead, but gave
up consecutive singles to start the fifth and was taken out by
manager Buck Showalter.
"With a 6-2 lead, obviously [Volquez] didn't do a good job
economizing his pitches," Showalter said. "Hopefully he'll get a
little more consistency."
Texas C Rod Barajas, out since Sept. 9 due to back
problems, returned to the lineup. ... Matthews extended his
career-best hitting streak to 13 games with his second leadoff
homer of the season. ... Teixeira has 19 homers since the All-Star
break. ... Washburn will be re-examined by team medical personnel
on Wednesday and is listed as day to day.