Seattle Mariners Top Texas Rangers in 12, Avoiding Sweep; Rangers Not .500 Yet

Matthew IrbySenior Analyst IMay 14, 2008

Bad news first, Rangers were unable to complete the sweep of the Seattle Mariners, and fielding mistakes were one of the main reasons.  The Rangers were also unable to get their record back to .500.

Good news, the Rangers completed their sixth straight series win, the last time they did that was in 1999 when they last won the American League West.  David Murphy (pictured above) seems to be out of his hitting slump, 4-5, two doubles, and a RBI.  Scott Feldman had another solid outing, seven innings of work, only one earned run behind six hits and no walks.

The Rangers started the scoring with two runs in the first thanks to doubles from Frank Catalanotto, Michael Young, and Murphy. 

Jose Lopez got the Mariners on the board with a RBI double in the fourth.  Seattle took the lead in the seventh when Rangers centerfielder Josh Hamilton missed played a frozen rope from Jeff Clement.  Lopez scored on the play and Clement reached third, with no outs.  The Rangers recorded the next two outs without giving up the run, but Yuniesky Betancourt hit a two out double.

In the bottom of the eighth back-to-back singles from Gerald Laird and Young put runners at the corners with one outs.  Hamilton's fly ball to center was deep enough for Laird to score on.

The Mariners had a chance to score in the ninth and the Rangers in the eleventh, but in the twelfth inning Miguel Cairo hit a two-out single to center scoring Wladimir Balentien.

The Rangers got the winning run to the plate with two outs, but were unable to score in the bottom of the inning.

The Rangers are now 20-22 and have Thursday off to prepare for the Houston Astros.  The Silver Boot Series will begin with Sidney Ponson facing Shawn Chacon on Thursday night at 7:05, central time zone.