Rangers 10, Mariners 8

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)—Francisco Cordero’s 30th major league save was unique.

Cordero got four outs, the final three after the second of two rain delays, to close out the Texas Rangers’ 10-8 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.

The Rangers closer struck out Rich Aurilia to end the eighth, then had to sit through a rain delay of 1 hour, 2 minutes.

Cordero came back for the ninth and walked John Olerud leading off. He retired the next two batters, then walked Ichiro Suzuki to put the potential tying run on.

Next up was Scott Spiezio, who had three hits, including a two-run homer and a run-scoring triple. Cordero finished the game with a strikeout.

“A rain delay has never happened to me before,” Cordero said. “After an hour, you don’t know how you’re going to react. I was able to get out of it and get the win.”

Hank Blalock keyed a four-run fourth with a two-run double, and Laynce Nix drove in two important insurance runs for Texas.

David Dellucci and Kevin Mench homered, and Alfonso Soriano had three hits for the Rangers, who are over .500 (9-8) after 17 games for the first time since 1999.

The Rangers had 15 hits to raise their team batting average to .310, .377 at home.

“We had a lot of big two-out hits tonight,” Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. “We needed every run we could get. We all felt weird karma with all the momentum swings.”

Rangers starter Ryan Drese (1-0) allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. Drese was 0-2 with a 9.42 ERA in four previous career appearances against the Mariners.

Bret Boone homered and drove in two runs for Seattle, which has lost three straight to fall to 6-11, last in the AL West.

“We’re off to a tough start,” Boone said. “We all know we’re better than that. We need to get back on track. The last two years we came out on fire and won 93 games. This year we’re doing it a little differently.”

Dellucci’s third homer in the last two games in the second off starter Joel Pineiro (1-2) tied it at 1.

Seattle grabbed a 2-1 lead in the third on Spiezio’s RBI triple.

The Mariners had been outscored 18-0 in the first three innings of their previous nine games.

Soriano’s two-out RBI single in the third evened the score at 2 and the Rangers took the lead when Michael Young scored from third on Pineiro’s wild pitch.

Mench homered leading off the fourth, and four pitches later play was stopped because of rain.

After a 30-minute delay, Blalock hit a two-run double and Soriano singled home another to make it 7-2.

In the seventh, the Mariners narrowed the deficit to 7-5 off Carlos Almanzar on Boone’s solo homer and Aurilia’s RBI double.

Pineiro allowed seven runs and 11 hits over six innings. He struck out six and walked one.

“That’s not indicative of how he threw the ball,” Rangers manager Bob Melvin said. “We just didn’t get the right things happening at the right time. We’re trying to make our own breaks but it’s an uphill battle right now.”

Nix padded the lead in the seventh with a two-out bloop single off Ron Villone to drive in two runs.

Spiezio’s two-run homer and Edgar Martinez’s RBI double pulled the Marinerswithin 10-8 in the eighth.

Notes

Former Orioles star Cal Ripken threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Ripken was in Arlington on a book-signing tour. …Rangers 1B Adrian Gonzalez doubled in the third, his first extra base hit in the majors. …Seattle LF Raul Ibanez sustained a bruised tailbone from a collision with Spiezio as Spiezio made a catch in short left field in the sixth. Ibanez stayed in the game but was replaced by Quinton McCracken in the seventh. Melvin said Ibanez would probably miss at least one game. “For him to come out of the game, ithad to be pretty bad,” Melvin said.

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