ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Rangers are back within two
games of the AL West lead following another big comeback win.
"We're still hanging," said Brian Jordan, who went 2-for-4
with an RBI. "We need some help from Anaheim tomorrow. We need to
handle our business and, hopefully, win our last eight."
Texas, which has won six of seven and 11 of 15, is tied for
second with Anaheim, which beat first-place Oakland 5-3 earlier
Ichiro Suzuki's two-run single gave him 250 hits, seven shy of
George Sisler's 84-year-old major league record with eight games
Suzuki went 1-for-5 and is batting .374, best in the majors. He
tied Rogers Hornsby (1922) and Chuck Klein (1930) for fifth on the
season hits list. Al Simmons is next with 253 in 1925.
Suzuki had little to say about his historic hit other than,
"That was great." He said he didn't keep the ball on No. 250, but
"in the future many things might change."
As for the Texas comeback, Kevin Mench homered in the sixth to
cut Texas' deficit to 4-3, and the Rangers went ahead in the
seventh against Shigetoshi Hasegawa (4-6). Hank Blalock singled and
scored on Young's triple to tie it. After Mark Teixeira received an
intentional walk, Mench's sacrifice fly gave the Rangers a 5-4
"R.A. was the story tonight," Rangers manager Buck Showalter
said. "That was a big bridge. It wasn't just one hitter or one
inning. It was pretty impressive."
The Rangers bounced back from Friday night's 8-7 defeat to the
Mariners with clutch hitting and strong work by their bullpen.
"As tough of a loss as we had last night, it's big to come back
like we did," Showalter said.
Edgar Martinez homered for the Mariners, who had a three-game
winning streak snapped.
Mariners starter Ryan Franklin left with a 4-3 lead after six
innings. Franklin was 0-3 with a 12.46 ERA in his first three
starts against Texas this season, but he limited the Rangers to six
hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
Martinez, back in the lineup after missing a week due to a
bruised big toe on his right foot, hit his 12th homer and the 309th
of his career in the first inning off rookie Chris Young to give
Seattle a 1-0 lead.
Texas took a 2-1 advantage in the second with the help of a
Seattle error. Jordan had an RBI triple and scored when third
baseman Greg Dobbs allowed a liner hit right at him to dribble off
his glove. Jordan injured a hamstring and will be limited to
designated hitter Sunday.
Seattle benefited from an error in a three-run fourth to take a
With one out, Jeremy Reed and Dan Wilson singled, and Chris
Young hit Dobbs with a pitch, loading the bases. Jose Lopez hit a
grounder to Michael Young at shortstop for a potential double play,
but Young booted the ball as Reed scored from third.
"It was a tough hop, but definitely a ball I should have
gotten," Michael Young said.
Young said he wasn't trying to atone for his mistake.
"I'm not trying to be a hero," said Young, whose 208 hits are
two shy of Mickey Rivers' Rangers record, set in 1980. "I just
wanted to put it behind me and go back to playing baseball."
Suzuki's single up the middle drove in two more runs.
Chris Young, making his sixth major league start, allowed four
runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Raul Ibanez's streak of nine straight hits (a club record)
and 11 consecutive times reaching base (tying a team mark) ended in
the first inning when he struck out. ... INF Scott Spiezio was out
of the Seattle starting lineup due to a stiff neck and is day to
day. ... Seattle 2B Bret Boone got the day off. Boone was 0-for-6
on Friday night. ... The Rangers honored Martinez, the Seattle DH
who's retiring at the end of the season, in pregame ceremonies as
part of the club's Hispanic Heritage Celebration. Latin players
from both teams were recognized on the field before the game.