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SEATTLE -- Justin Smoak's bases-loaded double in the eighth inning drove in two runs and he then made a game-saving stab on an Adrian Beltre lineout in the ninth to lead the Seattle Mariners to a come-from-behind victory on Friday night.

Smoak's double into the left-field corner scored the tying and go-ahead runs as the Mariners rallied for a 6-5 win over the streaking Texas Rangers at Safeco Field.

But Smoak's most important play of the night might well have come with the glove. With Seattle closer Fernando Rodney struggling mightily in the ninth, the Seattle first baseman stabbed a one-out Beltre liner down the line and turned it into a game-ending double play.

Texas (14-9) lost for only the second time in nine games despite an RBI double in Beltre's first game back from the disabled list.

The Mariners (9-13) have won two in a row, marking the first time that Seattle has won back-to-back games since sweeping the season-opening series in Los Angeles.

Second baseman Robinson Cano had two hits and two RBIs for the Mariners, who tied a club record with four hit batters during the game.

Texas starter Robbie Ross hit three Seattle hitters, the last of which -- center fielder Abraham Almonte -- came around to score the Mariners' first run in the fifth.

Seattle also scored on a wild pitch in the eighth.

The Rangers' runs came on two wild pitches, two bases-loaded walks and a Beltre RBI.

Rangers reliever Neal Cotts (1-2) suffered the loss after giving up four hits and a hit-by-pitch in the eighth without getting an out.

Cotts came into the game with Texas leading 3-2 before the Mariners turned the tide. Cano singled off Cotts to open the eighth, designated hitter Corey Hart took the Mariners' fourth hit-by-pitch of the night and a single by right fielder Stefen Romero loaded the bases for Smoak.

The switch-hitting Smoak, who hits markedly better from the right side, drilled a pitch from the left-handed Cotts into the corner to score Cano and Saunders. Third baseman Kyle Seager, who hit the winning homer in a comeback victory two nights earlier, added an RBI single to chase Cotts from the game before reliever Alexi Ogando's wild pitch led to Seattle's fourth run of the inning and a 6-3 Mariners lead.

Seattle reliever Yoervis Medina (1-1) picked up the win. Rodney survived a shaky ninth to post his fourth save of the season.

Both pitching staffs struggled with wildness. Two Texas runs scored on wild pitches and two others on bases-loaded walks.

Texas took leads of 1-0 in the third and 3-2 in the sixth on wild pitches.

Ross pitched six innings, allowing two earned runs and six hits, but he hit three Seattle batters. Reliever Jason Frasor took over to open the seventh with Texas leading 3-2.

Elias allowed three runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up a single to first baseman Prince Fielder and a double to right fielder Alex Rios double before leaving the game with the score tied 2-2 in the fifth. Elias was then charged with his third run when Fielder scored on a wild pitch.

Beltre helped push the Rangers out to a 2-0 lead with a fourth-inning RBI double.

Beltre's looping drive to the warning track in center scored shortstop Elvis Andrus from first base with no outs. Elias eventually pitched his way out of a bases-loaded jam in that inning with back-to-back strikeouts.

Texas scored the first run of the game on an Elias wild pitch in the third.

The Mariners tied the score 2-2 in the fifth on Cano's two-out, two-run double. That ended a streak of 12 1/3 scoreless innings by Ross against the Mariners this season.

Ross hit three batters in the first five innings, and it eventually caught up with him when Cano's double scored Almonte and shortstop Willie Bloomquist to tie the score at 2.

NOTES: Before Friday's game, the Rangers activated 3B Adrian Beltre from the 15-day disabled list. Beltre had missed 14 games with a strained left quad. He hit third in the Rangers' order. ... To make room on the roster for Beltre, the Rangers placed 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff on the 15-day disabled list with a herniated disc in his lower back. ... The Mariners recalled LHP Lucas Luetge from Triple-A Tacoma. ... Seattle's lineup had a new look on Friday, with SS Willie Bloomquist replacing Brad Miller in both the field and the No. 2 spot in the order and LF Cole Gillespie making his Seattle debut in the No. 8 spot. Gillespie was called up from Triple-A Tacoma one day earlier and OF Nick Franklin was sent down. The Mariners were using a lineup heavy with right-handed bats against LHP Robbie Ross. ... Home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt took a Bloomquist foul ball off the mask in the fifth inning, requiring attention from the Seattle training staff. Wendelstedt was able to stay in the game.
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