Texas (41-61) at Seattle (62-40)

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  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Sat Jul 26, 2003
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Joel Pineiro, Seattle’s hottest pitcher, will be on the mound when the Mariners resume their four-game series with the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field.

Pineiro has won six straight decisions, but wasn’t sharp in the Mariners’ 5-4 loss at Minnesota on Monday. The 24-year-old right-hander gave up four runs and 10 hits over 6 2-3 innings, walking one and striking out three. He did not receive a decision, ending a streak of six straight winning starts.

Pineiro, who has three of only six wins posted by the Mariners’ rotation this month, hadn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his previous six outings.

“I probably felt too good because of the week off,” said Pineiro, who had eight days off due to the All-Star break. “That’s no excuse, but I couldn’t get a ball outside to a righty. I tried to throw pitches low and outside, and they came back over the middle of the plate and I just got hit.”

The Mariners took the series opener 11-5 on Friday, improving to 4-5 since the break.

Mike Cameron, Ichiro Suzuki and Bret Boone homered in a six-run fourth inning for AL West-leading Seattle, which hit four homers in a game for the second time this season.

Suzuki, who has a career-best 10 homers this season, and Cameron each drove in three runs.

The Rangers have lost five of six, and 18 of their last 24 in Seattle.

Rafael Palmeiro, however, continues to enjoy his visits. He hit his 22nd homer of the season and 43rd against the Mariners in the losing effort. He has more homers against Seattle than any opposing player.

Palmeiro, who has 512 career homers, moved past Mel Ott into a tie for 14th place on the all-time list with Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews. Next up are Ted Williams and Willie McCovey at 521.

STANDINGS: Rangers - 4th place, 20 GB, AL West. Mariners - 1st place, AL West.

RANGERS PROBABLE STARTER: R.A. Dickey (4-5, 4.94 ERA). The Rangers have lost Dickey’s first two major league starts, including a 3-2 setback at Baltimore on Monday. Dickey, who replaced demoted right-hander Victor Santos, allowed three earned runs and six hits over six innings. This his first start against Seattle. In two relief appearances against the Mariners this season, he is 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA.

MARINERS PROBABLE STARTER: Pineiro (11-5, 3.38 ERA). Pineiro hasn’t lost since June 11 against Montreal. He is 1-1 against Texas with a 2.12 ERA in six career appearances, including one start.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Rangers - Michael Young, .320 avg. and 10 SBs; Alex Rodriguez and Juan Gonzalez, 24 HRs; Gonzalez, 70 RBIs; Rodriguez, 69 runs. Mariners - Suzuki, .341 avg., and 26 SBs; Boone, 27 HRs, 82 RBIs and 74 runs.

SEASON SERIES: Mariners, 6-4.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Rangers - The Rangers have allowed 10 or more runs in a game 22 times this season. … Texas starters have the worst ERA in the majors at 6.78, allowing 91 homers. The starters have a 27-45 record. … SS Rodriguez stole his ninth base of the season Friday. Mariners - 2B Boone has 19 career multihomer games. … 3B Jeff Cirillo was placed on the 15-day DL Friday because of a partially dislocated right shoulder. Cirillo was hitting just .210 (52-for-248) with two home runs and 22 RBIs in 76 games this season. … The Mariners have never have lost a series to Texas at Safeco.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rangers - 17-33 on the road; Mariners - 28-21 at home.

INJURIES: Rangers - OF Gonzalez (calf), 15-day DL; OF Kevin Mench (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Chan Ho Park (oblique), 15-day DL; RHP Ricardo Rodriguez (hip), 15-day DL; RHP Jeff Zimmerman (elbow), 60-day DL; INF Herbert Perry (shoulder), 60-day DL; OF Rusty Greer (neck), 60-day DL. Mariners - RHP Arthur Rhodes (ankle), day-to-day; INF Greg Colbrunn (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Kazuhiro Sasaki (ribs), 15-day DL; 3B Cirillo (shoulder), 15-day DL.

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