Rangers 6, Mariners 4
Palmeiro and Teixeira homered as the Texas Rangers ended a five-game losing streak and dropped Seattle farther back in the AL wild-card race, beating the Mariners 6-4 Monday night.
The Mariners fell 1 1/2 games behind Boston, which beat Tampa Bay 8-2, for the wild card. Seattle fell 4 1/2 games behind Oakland, which beat Anaheim 7-4, in the AL West.
“We know Seattle is trying to make the playoffs,” Teixeira said. “We’re trying to win games just like they are, so it makes it more interesting.”
Teixeira, who tied a career-high with four RBIs, capped a four-run sixth inning with a three-run shot that gave the Rangers a 6-4 lead. His 23rd home run of the season came two batters after the Mariners intentionally walked Palmeiro.
Palmeiro has hit nine home runs against Seattle this season. Laynce Nix had an RBI single before Teixeira’s shot.
“I didn’t want to mess with Palmeiro out there again,” Melvin said. “If I had it do over, I’d do it the same way.”
“That guy has killed us this year. He has hurt us more than anybody in the league.”
Palmeiro’s home run made him just the second player in major league history to reach 35 homers and 100 RBIs in nine straight seasons. Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx is the only other player to do it.
Palmeiro’s 525th career homer, a solo shot, came in the fourth inning off Joel Pineiro and gave him 103 RBIs.
Colby Lewis (8-9) gave up four runs in six innings to earn the victory. Lewis also beat Seattle in his first start of the season on April 5.
The right-hander came into the game with a 7.76 ERA.
“I thought that was Colby’s best outing of the year,” Texas manager Buck Showalter said. “He had good enough stuff to pitch a shutout. It gives me confidence that he has learned from the experience this year.”
Seattle seemed poised to open its 10-game road trip on a positive note before the last-place Rangers touched up Pineiro in the sixth.
Michael Young hit a leadoff single and reached third with two outs. The Mariners then walked Palmeiro.
Nix brought Texas within 4-3 before Teixeira connected.
Pineiro (14-11) gave up six runs and seven hits in six innings. He lost for the fifth time in his last six decisions.
“I thought it was a good pitch (to Teixeira),” Pineiro said. “It was down and away. You just have to tip your cap to Teixeira.”
Later in the fourth, Martinez was on second and Olerud was on first with one out. Randy Winn hit a grounder to Young at second base.
Melvin said umpire Jerry Layne ruled that Olerud was out of the basepath. Young had also tagged Olerud with his glove, but replays showed the ball was in his bare hand.
“I knew I was tagged, but I didn’t see where the ball was,” Olerud said. “I never left the base line.”
Palmeiro’s homer brought Texas within 3-2.
Seattle stretched its lead to 4-2 in the fifth when Guillen singled home Suzuki, who tripled with one out.
Texas took a 1-0 lead in the second on Teixeira’s RBI double.
Palmeiro has 49 career homers against the Mariners, his most against any opponent. … Pineiro had only given up five earned runs in 35 innings before Monday night. … It was the fourth time this season Teixeira has drivenfour runs in a game.
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