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Rangers 4, Mariners 3

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Although the Texas Rangers faded from playoff contention after the All-Star break, that hasn't slowed down Michael Young.

The Rangers' shortstop reached 200 hits for the third straight season and Gary Matthews Jr. had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly to lead Texas over the Seattle Mariners 4-3 Thursday night.

Young's RBI single in the third inning made him the 22nd player in major league history with three consecutive 200-hit seasons. The last to accomplish the feat was Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki, who is trying to stretch his run to five straight years.

Young went 1-for-4 and leads the AL with a .328 batting average.

"It's something I can look back on and be proud," Young said of another 200-hit season that could include his first batting title. "I never try to go up and do too much. I try to have a consistent approach and a consistent plan of attack."

Kameron Loe (9-5) pitched 5 1/3 innings and left with a 3-2 lead despite making three errors in his sixth major league start. He allowed two runs and six hits, struck out two and walked four.

Loe had two throwing errors and a fielding miscue, but Seattle scored only one unearned run as a result of the errors and left 13 runners on base.

"We had nine hits but couldn't come up with the big hit when we needed it," Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said. "We hit some balls hard but didn't get anything for it. It happens. It's a frustrating night."

Francisco Cordero gave up an RBI single to Adrian Beltre in the ninth, but got the final three outs for his 32nd save in 40 chances.

Seattle starter Jeff Harris (2-4) allowed three runs -- two earned -- and three hits in seven innings, losing his third straight start while the Mariners had their three-game winning streak snapped.

On a humid night without the usual wind blowing out to right field, neither team managed a homer in what is usually a hitter-friendly park.

"The ballpark played different tonight," Mariners pitching coach Bryan Price said. "The air was heavy and it played like a normal park. It was kind of refreshing to have a normal game here."

Seattle, which opened an 11-game road trip, got a run in the second when Yuniesky Betancourt doubled, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Suzuki's ground-out.

Two errors by Loe led to an unearned run in the third. Richie Sexson reached first when Loe was unable to pick up his easy grounder. Adrian Beltre followed with a grounder back to the mound for what should have been a routine double play, but Loe's throw to second base was wide and skipped into the outfield, putting runners on first and third.

Sexson scored on Greg Dobbs' sacrifice fly to give the Mariners a 2-0 edge.

"I definitely made it harder on myself," Loe said. "I had an easy double play but threw it into center field. It was definitely not perfect on my part but I'll take it. ...I got lucky."

Texas committed another error in the third inning when a line drive glanced off the glove of third baseman Hank Blalock, tying a club record for errors in an inning for the 14th time. The last time the Rangers had three errors in an inning was on Sept. 15, 2002.

Young's RBI single and Blalock's sacrifice fly in the third inning tied it at 2. Young received a standing ovation when it was announced on the scoreboard that the single was his 200th hit.

"It's appropriate that his 200th was a meaningful hit," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "He's a special competitor."

Matthews' sacrifice fly in the fourth put the Rangers ahead 3-2, and Kevin Mench added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Notes

The Rangers remained with 145 homers at home, tied with the AL record set last season by the Chicago White Sox. Texas, which leads the majors with 245 homers overall, is four shy of the big league record for homers in a home park set by Colorado in 1996. Seattle holds the overall major league mark of 264 home runs set in 1997. ...Texas matched its season high with four errors. Its only other four-error game was also against Seattle on Aug. 25 with Harris as the starter. ...The infield was covered until 1 hour, 15 minutes prior to the first pitch due to heavy rain, forcing both teams to take batting practice in the indoor cages. ...Jaime Bubela made his major league debut for Seattle as a pinch runner in the ninth, stealing a base.

 
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Players of the Game
Texas

K. Mench
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Seattle

R. Ibanez
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF3001110 .299
Jeremy Reed, CF5010011 .256
Raul Ibanez, LF4130100 .293
Richie Sexson, 1B4100114 .259
Adrian Beltre, 3B4011103 .257
Greg Dobbs, DH4011014 .235
    Jaime Bubela, PR-DH0000000 .000
Jose Lopez, 2B4000001 .225
   a- Dave Hansen, PH1000011 .200
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4120003 .245
Yorvit Torrealba, C2010110 .244
   b- Ramon Santiago, PH1000000 .000
    Miguel Ojeda, C0000000 .146
Totals363935617 
a-struck out for J. Lopez in the 9th
b-lined out for Torrealba in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jeremy Reed (31, Loe), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (8, Loe, Loe)
SF - Greg Dobbs (2)
SH - Ichiro Suzuki (2)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (66), Adrian Beltre (80), Greg Dobbs (16)
SB - Jaime Bubela (1, 2nd base off Cordero/Laird)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
E - Yuniesky Betancourt (2, Missed catch)
Seattle Mariners
Jeff Harris (L,2-4) 7332310 3.80
Rafael Soriano 0.2211000 10.80
Matt Thornton 0.1000000 5.30
HBP - Mench (by Jeff Harris), Soriano (by Rafael Soriano)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Harris 96-56, Rafael Soriano 24-17, Matt Thornton 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Harris 5-15
Batters Faced - Jeff Harris 28, Rafael Soriano 5, Matt Thornton 1
Texas Rangers
David Dellucci, LF3000100 .252
Michael Young, SS4011001 .328
Mark Teixeira, 1B4110013 .291
Hank Blalock, 3B2011100 .271
Alfonso Soriano, 2B3000003 .274
Kevin Mench, RF2111001 .273
Adrian Gonzalez, DH4000005 .226
Gary Matthews Jr., CF2111000 .259
Gerald Laird, C2100100 .241
Totals264543113 
Batting
2B - Hank Blalock (31, Soriano), Kevin Mench (33, Harris)
SF - Hank Blalock (4), Kevin Mench (2), Gary Matthews Jr. (2)
RBI - Michael Young (83), Hank Blalock (86), Kevin Mench (68), Gary Matthews Jr. (48)
CS - David Dellucci (3, 2nd base by Harris/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - David Dellucci 1
E - Hank Blalock (9, Misplayed grounder), Kameron Loe 3 (3, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Kameron Loe (W,9-5) 5.1621420 3.42
Brian Shouse (H,12) 0.1100000 5.81
Joaquin Benoit (H,1) 1.1000110 3.87
C.J. Wilson (H,1) 1000020 6.80
Francisco Cordero (S,32) 1211010 3.75
WP - Kameron Loe (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Kameron Loe 100-58, Brian Shouse 7-3, Joaquin Benoit 18-10, C.J. Wilson 14-10, Francisco Cordero 30-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kameron Loe 11-5, Brian Shouse 1-0, Joaquin Benoit 1-2, Francisco Cordero 2-0
Batters Faced - Kameron Loe 28, Brian Shouse 2, Joaquin Benoit 5, C.J. Wilson 3, Francisco Cordero 5
Game Information
Attendance - 23679
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Angel A. Hernandez, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Tom Hallion