Uplifted by a comeback victory, the Seattle Mariners look to win their three-game set with the Texas Mariners when they play the deciding game on Thursday at Safeco Field.
Carl Everett’s walk-off, three-run homer off C.J. Wilson capped a five-run ninth inning in a 9-6 home win on Wednesday, enabling the Mariners (7-9) to end a three-game losing streak and even this series.
“This team is just tired of losing,” said Everett, who is 8-for-17 with five RBIs in his last four games. “They’ll do anything to win.”
The Mariners trailed 6-1 entering the bottom of the seventh. They had lost seven of the previous eight meetings with the Rangers.
Seattle tagged Texas closer Francisco Cordero for four runs in the ninth. Cordero missed a chance to record saves on back-to-back days for the first time since doing so on Sept. 27-28 against Seattle. It was Cordero’s second blown save in four opportunities this season.
“Coco is our closer,” Rangers catcher Gerald Laird said. “We live and die with him. I think he is great. Sometimes you have a night you can’t find the rhythm.”
Cordero started to unravel when he hit right fielder Ichiro Suzuki with a pitch to lead off the ninth. Ichiro went 4-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, raising his average 50 points to .227. Ichiro was 1-for-20 in his previous five games.
Ichiro has gone 5-for-7 in his career against Texas starter Vicente Padilla (2-1, 4.76 ERA), who goes to the mound Thursday seeking his first win over the Mariners. He’s gone 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA against them.
Padilla makes his first start since giving up homers on three straight pitches to Eric Chavez, Frank Thomas and Milton Bradley to allow Oakland to take the lead in the sixth inning of a 6-5 road loss on Saturday. Padilla served up four homers among his eight hits allowed, giving up five runs in five-plus innings.
Both of Seattle third baseman Adrian Beltre’s hits in 12 at-bats against Padilla are home runs. Beltre is 4-for-10 over the last three games to raise his average to .161. He had been hitless in 14 at-bats over the previous four games.
“We play 162 of these games,” Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said. “We’re in the middle of April and hopefully we’re playing through October. This game is not a game of immediate results. Everyone needs to be patient and understand these guys have track records.”
The Mariners had a season-high 18 hits Wednesday, their third straight game with at least 10.
The Rangers, who were denied their first three-game win streak of the season, look to win a second straight series as they face Seattle’s Joel Pineiro (2-1, 3.66 ERA). The right-hander is 6-4 with a 4.76 ERA while starting 12 of his 17 appearances against Texas.
The Mariners have sent their starting pitcher in for the seventh inning five times this season, and Pineiro has done it in each of his three appearances. He gave up five hits in 6 1-3 innings of a 3-0 win at Boston on Saturday.
Young has hits in each of his last seven games, batting .379 (11-for-29).
Rangers right fielder Kevin Mench does not have an RBI in 39 at-bats this season.