The longest hitting streak in Seattle Mariners history ended with a whimper on Saturday.
Suzuki went 0-for-4 in Saturday’s 5-4 win over Texas, after batting .411 (46-for-112) with 26 runs scored and 13 RBIs during his 25-game hitting streak, which began on May 7. Suzuki leads the Mariners (27-25) with a .332 batting average and is tied with Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees for third in the majors with 73 hits.
On Saturday, he failed to get a ball out of the infield.
“I’m definitely not happy about it,” Suzuki said.
However, Yuniesky Betancourt has a streak of his own going. He went 1-for-3 with two RBIs Saturday and has hit safely in 14 consecutive games.
Jose Guillen added a homer for the Mariners, who have won eight of their last 12 games.
Third baseman Adrian Beltre, who left Friday’s game in the eighth inning with a sprained left thumb, did not play and is expected to sit out for a few days. Seattle will miss his bat - he was hitting .469 (15-for-32) with three homers over his previous eight games.
Texas, meanwhile, lost for the ninth time in 11 games and fell to 2-4 with one game remaining on its current road trip. First baseman Mark Teixeira, back in the lineup after leaving Friday’s game when he was hit in the left side of his face by a throw, homered in the ninth inning to pull the Rangers (20-36) within a run.
Texas scored two runs off Seattle relievers after getting four against the Mariners bullpen Friday.
“We do have some bullpen issues that we’re working ourselves through,” said Mariners bench coach John McLaren, filling in this weekend while manager Mike Hargrove attends his daughter’s high school graduation in Ohio. “We’ve got to fight through this until we get some guys 100 percent again.”
The Rangers hope to see some improvement from starter Robinson Tejeda (4-5, 5.75 ERA), who went 3-2 with a 3.89 ERA in his first six starts but is 1-3 with an 10.43 ERA in his last four.
He earned the wrath of manager Ron Washington after allowing five runs in Monday’s 5-3 loss in Oakland, lasting only three-innings for the second straight outing.
“Tejeda has to be better than he was tonight and the last time, or pretty soon the scholarships will end,” Washington said. “It’s time to start growing up and throw the ball in the strike zone. He showed me no guts.”
Despite his struggles, Tejeda’s ERA is the lowest among Texas’ five pitchers with at least eight starts.
The right-hander is 0-2 with a 3.24 ERA in three career starts against Seattle, all last season.
Seattle will counter with Ryan Feierabend (0-1, 5.40), who made his season debut and his third career start on Tuesday, allowing four runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. The 21-year-old left-hander was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to fill in for the injured Horacio Ramirez.
Feierabend started against Texas on Sept. 29 last season, when he gave up two runs in five innings without receiving a decision in Seattle’s 6-5 home loss.