Kinsler powers Texas to 2 run win

ARLINGTON, TX -- Ian Kinsler hit a three-run homer, and the Texas Rangers took advantage of two Adrian Beltre errors to beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3 on Saturday night.

Kinsler's homer in the fifth tied the game at 3, one pitch after Beltre's throwing error on a play that would have ended the inning. Then in the seventh, Travis Metcalf singled and Kinsler dribbled a grounder to Beltre at third. His throw ended up in right field, allowing Metcalf to score and make it 4-3.

Kinsler, who had three hits, made it all the way to third on Beltre's miscue. Gerald Laird drove him in with a nice squeeze attempt on a pitch from Seattle reliever Rick White (0-1) that appeared headed towards Laird's face.

Frank Francisco (2-0) got the final out in the seventh to pick up the win -- with some help from Jason Botts.

The Mariners had a chance to take the lead when Kenji Johjima singled with runners on first and second, but Botts made a perfect one-hop throw from left field to nail Jose Guillen at the plate and keep the score tied at 3.

Seattle entered the game trailing the Los Angeles Angels by a game in the AL West. The Mariners had won seven of eight and 19 of 26 since a seven-game losing streak, and still lead the wild-card standings by two games over the New York Yankees.

C.J. Wilson pitched the ninth to earn his eighth save in nine opportunities.

Beltre, Jose Vidro and Richie Sexson had RBIs for Seattle, which got leadoff runners on in five different innings but was only 2-of-15 with runners in scoring position.

Ichiro Suzuki was not in the starting lineup for the first time this season. He was resting while the Mariners continued a stretch of 44 games in 45 days.

Seattle starter Horacio Ramirez gave up three runs -- none earned -- in 5 2-3 innings. He walked three and struck out two.

Sexson had a sacrifice fly to put Seattle on the board in the second, Vidro had an RBI double in the third and Beltre had an RBI single in the fifth.

Texas starter Jamey Wright gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings. He struck out three and walked two.


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