SEATTLE—Taylor Teagarden hit a go-ahead single and the
Texas Rangers scored three runs with two outs in the ninth inning to beat the Seattle Mariners 7-4 Friday night.
The victory assured the Rangers of second place in the AL West for the second straight year behind the Los Angeles Angels. Seattle needed 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 and Teagarden then singled to put Texas in front and Elvis Andrus followed with a two-run double into the left-field corner.
The Rangers had tied it in the eighth on Michael Young's two-out, RBI single off Mark Lowe.
C.J. Wilson (5-6) earned the victory. Frank Francisco worked the ninth to pick up his 25th save in 29 opportunities.
Julio Borbon and Marlon Byrd also had three of the Rangers' 16 hits.
Seattle's Mike Carp had three hits, including a two-run single in the fourth.
Teagarden hit a double, Omar Vizquel had an RBI grounder and Borbon singled home a run for a 2-0 lead in the second. Davis singled home a run in the third.
The Mariners made it 3-all in the fourth against Brandon McCarthy. Franklin Gutierrez opened with a double, Jose Lopez extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single and Adrian Beltre 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 opened with a double, moved up on Ichiro Suzuki's groundout and scored on a single by Lopez, giving him a team-leading 94 RBIs.
NOTES: Suzuki, with 221 hits, has claimed another piece of baseball history. He is the only player to have five seasons with at least 220 hits. He previously shared the record of four with
Rogers Hornsby. ... Rangers talented rookie Borbon, hitting .324 in 44 games, made his first start in center field. "I'm waiting to see what it is," manager Ron Washington said before the game. "We'll throw him out there the next three days and see what happens."