Rangers Drop One to Mariners

4-23-07 - Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-5 with a three-run triple as the Seattle Mariners snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.

Rookie Brandon Morrow (1-0) pitched 3 1-3 innings of one-hit shutout relief for his first major league victory, and the Mariners' first win since beating Texas at home on April 15. J.J. Putz got four outs for his first save.

Jose Lopez had three hits for Seattle, which improved to 3-1 against Texas this season and 3-8 against the rest of the American League.

Hank Blalock had a two-run homer for Texas, which has lost four of six.

Seattle took a 5-4 lead in the seventh on Raul Ibanez's RBI groundout. Adrian Beltre and Jose Vidro hit consecutive singles off Kevin Millwood (2-3) to put runners on first and third. Ibanez then drove in Beltre with a sharply-hit grounder off reliever Ron Mahay.

Millwood allowed five runs and 10 hits in six-plus innings with five strikeouts and two walks.

Lopez's fourth-inning based-loaded single just past diving second baseman Ian Kinsler gave the Mariners a 1-0 lead. Millwood struck out the next hitter, Jamie Burke, but Suzuki cleared the bases with a triple into the right-field corner to give Seattle a 4-0 lead.

Seattle starter Cha Seung Baek allowed one hit over the first three innings before the Rangers broke through in the fourth on Blalock's first homer of the season to pull Texas within 4-2.

Baek started the night with a 3-0 record and 0.83 ERA in three career starts against Texas, but was out of the game in the fifth. Baek, making his first start of the season, gave up four runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings.

Frank Catalanotto tripled in the fifth and scored on Michael Young's single to make it 4-3, then Sammy Sosa tied it for Texas with an RBI single to knock out Baek.

Morrow came in to strike Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz to keep the score even at 4.


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