Mariners Falter Late Against Rangers

Texas RangersAdrian BeltreRogers HornsbyIchiro SuzukiOmar Vizquel

Taylor Teagarden hit a go-ahead single and the

Texas Rangers scored three runs with two outs in the ninth inningto beat the Seattle Mariners 7-4 Friday night.

The victory assured the Rangers of second place in the AL Westfor the second straight year behind the Los Angeles Angels. Seattleneeded to sweep the series to finish in a tie with Texas.

It was 4-all in the ninth when Chris Davis, who had three hits,got a two-out single off David Aardsma (3-6). Esteban German andTeagarden then singled to put Texas in front and Elvis Andrusfollowed with a two-run double into the left-field corner.

The Rangers had tied it in the eighth on Michael Young'stwo-out, RBI single off Mark Lowe.

C.J. Wilson (5-6) earned the victory. Frank Francisco worked theninth to pick up his 25th save in 29 opportunities.

Julio Borbon and Marlon Byrd also had three of the Rangers' 16hits.

Seattle's Mike Carp had three hits, including a two-run singlein the fourth.

Teagarden hit a double, Omar Vizquel had an RBI grounder andBorbon singled home a run for a 2-0 lead in the second. Davissingled home a run in the third.

The Mariners made it 3-all in the fourth against BrandonMcCarthy. Franklin Gutierrez opened with a double, Jose Lopezextended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single and AdrianBeltre had an RBI single.

After a passed ball by Teagarden, Carp hit a two-run single.

The Mariners went ahead 4-3 in the fifth. Josh Wilson openedwith a double, moved up on Ichiro Suzuki's groundout and scored ona single by Lopez, giving him a team-leading 94 RBIs.

NOTES: Suzuki, with 221 hits, has claimed another piece ofbaseball history. He is the only player to have five seasons withat least 220 hits. He previously shared the record of four with

Rogers Hornsby. ... Rangers talented rookie Borbon, hitting .324 in44 games, made his first start in center field. "I'm waiting tosee what it is," manager Ron Washington said before the game."We'll throw him out there the next three days and see whathappens."

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