Rangers 5, Mariners 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)—The Texas Rangers are back within two games of the AL West lead following another big comeback win.
“We’re still hanging,” said Brian Jordan, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI. “We need some help from Anaheim tomorrow. We need to handle our business and, hopefully, win our last eight.”
Texas, which has won six of seven and 11 of 15, is tied for second with Anaheim, which beat first-place Oakland 5-3 earlier Saturday.
Ichiro Suzuki’s two-run single gave him 250 hits, seven shy of George Sisler’s 84-year-old major league record with eight games remaining.
Suzuki went 1-for-5 and is batting .374, best in the majors. He tied Rogers Hornsby (1922) and Chuck Klein (1930) for fifth on the season hits list. Al Simmons is next with 253 in 1925.
Suzuki had little to say about his historic hit other than, “That was great.” He said he didn’t keep the ball on No. 250, but “in the future many things might change.”
As for the Texas comeback, Kevin Mench homered in the sixth to cut Texas’ deficit to 4-3, and the Rangers went ahead in the seventh against Shigetoshi Hasegawa (4-6). Hank Blalock singled and scored on Young’s triple to tie it. After Mark Teixeira received an intentional walk, Mench’s sacrifice fly gave the Rangers a 5-4 lead.
“R.A. was the story tonight,” Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. “That was a big bridge. It wasn’t just one hitter or one inning. It was pretty impressive.”
The Rangers bounced back from Friday night’s 8-7 defeat to the Mariners with clutch hitting and strong work by their bullpen.
“As tough of a loss as we had last night, it’s big to come back like we did,” Showalter said.
Edgar Martinez homered for the Mariners, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Mariners starter Ryan Franklin left with a 4-3 lead after six innings. Franklin was 0-3 with a 12.46 ERA in his first three starts against Texas this season, but he limited the Rangers to six hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
Martinez, back in the lineup after missing a week due to a bruised big toe on his right foot, hit his 12th homer and the 309th of his career in the first inning off rookie Chris Young to give Seattle a 1-0 lead.
Texas took a 2-1 advantage in the second with the help of a Seattle error. Jordan had an RBI triple and scored when third baseman Greg Dobbs allowed a liner hit right at him to dribble off his glove. Jordan injured a hamstring and will be limited to designated hitter Sunday.
Seattle benefited from an error in a three-run fourth to take a 4-2 lead.
With one out, Jeremy Reed and Dan Wilson singled, and Chris Young hit Dobbs with a pitch, loading the bases. Jose Lopez hit a grounder to Michael Young at shortstop for a potential double play, but Young booted the ball as Reed scored from third.
“It was a tough hop, but definitely a ball I should have gotten,” Michael Young said.
Young said he wasn’t trying to atone for his mistake.
“I’m not trying to be a hero,” said Young, whose 208 hits are two shy of Mickey Rivers’ Rangers record, set in 1980. “I just wanted to put it behind me and go back to playing baseball.”
Suzuki’s single up the middle drove in two more runs.
Chris Young, making his sixth major league start, allowed four runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Raul Ibanez’s streak of nine straight hits (a club record) and 11 consecutive times reaching base (tying a team mark) ended in the first inning when he struck out. … INF Scott Spiezio was out of the Seattle starting lineup due to a stiff neck and is day to day. … Seattle 2B Bret Boone got the day off. Boone was 0-for-6 on Friday night. … The Rangers honored Martinez, the Seattle DH who’s retiring at the end of the season, in pregame ceremonies as part of the club’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration. Latin players from both teams were recognized on the field before the game.