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Seattle at Texas

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Texas010200010482

Mariners 7, Rangers 4

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Seattle Mariners' offense is starting to mesh as Adrian Beltre and Richie Sexson get more comfortable with American League pitching.

Beltre homered in the first, and Sexson had three of Seattle's season-high 15 hits in a 7-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

"Tonight we were patient," Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said. "Beltre's homer got us off on the right foot and put us at ease."

Seattle had been limited to a total of three runs during a three-game losing streak before breaking out in a 9-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

Wilson Valdez and Raul Ibanez each had three hits for Seattle, which has won six of nine on the road this season.

Beltre and Sexson came over from the National League, and they're both getting used to the adjustment. Beltre started the night with a .247 average and Sexson was hitting .213 entering Tuesday.

"They're learning the pitchers," Hargrove said. "It's just a continuation of the settling-in process."

Beltre was particularly encouraged by an 11-pitch ninth-inning at-bat against Doug Brocail that resulted in a leadoff double.

"That at-bat in the ninth was the best I felt this year," Beltre said. "I was able to foul back the good pitches until the one I wanted."

Mariners starter Joel Pineiro allowed four solo homers but little else.

Dave Dellucci connected in the second inning, pulling Texas to 3-1, and Mark Teixeira and Kevin Mench homered in the fourth, cutting the Rangers' deficit to 5-3.

Pineiro (2-1) retired his next 12 batters before Alfonso Soriano homered in the eighth. He then was replaced by Ron Villone.

Pineiro, who got his first win in five career starts at Arlington, gave up five hits in 7 1/3 innings, struck out five and walked one. Eddie Guardado got three outs for his sixth save in seven chances.

"I've seen him better, but he was good enough," Hargrove said of Pineiro. "He got in trouble when he got the ball up."

Ryan Drese (2-2) allowed five runs, 11 hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings with five strikeouts.

Drese's sinker had been effective in hitter-friendly Arlington as he compiled a 2.25 ERA in his only other home start this season.

But Drese wasn't able to keep the ball down consistently against the Mariners.

"He's not always going to carry that great sinker out there," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "As much as it moves, sometimes it's hard to command."

Beltre got the Mariners off to a fast start with his two-run, first-pitch blast in the first, and Sexson scored from second with the third run of the inning when Mench misplayed Randy Winn's single to left for an error.

"I don't usually jump on the first pitch," Beltre said. "For some reason, I was thinking I wasn't going to swing at it. But it was a good pitch over the plate. I was lucky enough that it went out."

Miguel Olivo added a two-run single in the third. Ibanez doubled in two runs off Brocail in the ninth.

Notes

Seattle started the night with a league-low 11 homers. ... Seattle opened a stretch of 12 road games over a 15-game span. ... The Mariners are 4-0 this season after an off day. ... Valdez had his first three-hit game in the major leagues.

 
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Players of the Game
Seattle

A. Beltre
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Seattle

R. Ibanez
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5000011 .333
Jeremy Reed, CF5120011 .270
Adrian Beltre, 3B5222012 .256
Richie Sexson, 1B4330100 .246
Bret Boone, 2B5000005 .250
Raul Ibanez, DH4132111 .296
Randy Winn, LF3010202 .275
Miguel Olivo, C4012113 .184
Wilson Valdez, SS4030012 .254
Totals3971565617 
Batting
2B - Adrian Beltre (3, Brocail), Raul Ibanez (4, Brocail)
HR - Adrian Beltre (2, Drese)
RBI - Adrian Beltre 2 (16), Raul Ibanez 2 (9), Miguel Olivo 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Olivo 2 (4)
CS - Wilson Valdez (2, 2nd base by Drese/Barajas)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Beltre-Boone-Sexson
Seattle Mariners
Joel Pineiro (W,2-1) 7.1644154 5.85
Ron Villone (H,5) 0.1000010 0.00
J.J. Putz (H,3) 0.1200100 0.00
Eddie Guardado (S,6) 1000020 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 75-51, Ron Villone 5-3, J.J. Putz 14-7, Eddie Guardado 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 5-11, J.J. Putz 1-0
Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 28, Ron Villone 1, J.J. Putz 4, Eddie Guardado 3
Texas Rangers
Alfonso Soriano, 2B4121010 .292
Hank Blalock, 3B4010020 .250
Michael Young, SS4010001 .287
Mark Teixeira, 1B4121000 .241
David Dellucci, DH3111100 .295
Kevin Mench, LF4111003 .306
Gary Matthews Jr., RF3000110 .242
Rod Barajas, C4000021 .242
Laynce Nix, CF3000010 .381
   a- Richard Hidalgo, PH1000010 .176
Totals34484285 
a-struck out for Nix in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alfonso Soriano (7, Pineiro)
HR - Alfonso Soriano (4, Pineiro), Mark Teixeira (6, Pineiro), David Dellucci (4, Pineiro), Kevin Mench (3, Pineiro)
RBI - Alfonso Soriano (7), Mark Teixeira (14), David Dellucci (11), Kevin Mench (10)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Gary Matthews Jr. 1
DP - Matthews-Barajas, Young-Soriano-Teixeira
E - Kevin Mench (1, misplayed grounder), Alfonso Soriano (6, missed catch)
Texas Rangers
Ryan Drese (L,2-2) 6.11154351 6.25
Ron Mahay 1.2100110 3.72
Doug Brocail 1322100 8.31
IBB - Winn by Doug Brocail
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Drese 114-67, Ron Mahay 22-11, Doug Brocail 28-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Drese 7-6, Ron Mahay 1-2, Doug Brocail 1-1
Batters Faced - Ryan Drese 32, Ron Mahay 6, Doug Brocail 6
Game Information
Attendance - 23064
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Jim Wolf