ARLINGTON, Texas -- Hank Blalock and the Texas Rangers figure they still have a lot to play for in the final month of the season.
Blalock's RBI double with one out in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Rangers to a 7-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.
"Even though we're out of it, it's pretty exciting," Blalock said. "Any team gets excited over a come-from-behind win."
Seattle took a 6-5 lead into the ninth and had closer Eddie Guardado (2-3) on the mound, but pinch-hitter Mark DeRosa's leadoff homer tied it. Guardado had his fifth blown save of the season and second against the Rangers.
After Michael Young singled and Mark Teixeira struck out, Blalock hit a line drive to right-center for a double. Young raced to third and was waved home by third-base coach Steve Smith.
Right fielder Raul Ibanez fired to second baseman Jose Lopez, whose relay to catcher Yorvit Torrealba was high. A sliding Young dragged his hand on the plate before Torrealba could get the tag down and the Rangers had their fourth straight victory.
Young leaped in celebration as his teammates streamed out of the dugout after Texas' sixth walk-off win of the season.
"I was just trying to hit the ball hard and it got into the gap," Blalock said. "I was just trying to get a pitch I could drive to move (Young) along."
The Mariners didn't argue the call at the plate.
"I tagged him but he was safe," Torrealba said.
Guardado converted 27 consecutive save opportunities earlier in the season, but he hasn't been pleased with his results lately.
"That's what happens when you throw the ball right down the middle," Guardado said. "I've been struggling my last few outings. My location is off. I'm surprised Blalock didn't put it in the upper deck. I don't feel sorry for myself. I feel sorry for my teammates."
DeRosa's homer was the Rangers' 247th this season, breaking the club record of 246 set in 2001. Texas leads the majors in homers and has an AL-record 147 at home, two short of the major league home mark set by Colorado in 1996.
Brian Shouse (3-2) allowed one hit in 1 1/3 innings for the win.
Alfonso Soriano and rookie Jason Botts had three hits each for Texas.
Ichiro Suzuki had three hits despite a sore foot and Richie Sexson homered for the Mariners, who blew a five-run lead.
Suzuki wasn't in his customary position in right field after being hit on the right foot by a pitch on Friday night. But as the designated hitter he had enough speed for a triple and a bunt single.
Sexson's 37th homer in the eighth with the bases empty off Edison Volquez stretched Seattle's lead to 6-4. Sexson also tripled in the first.
Seattle's Yuniesky Betancourt had three hits, including a pair of doubles.
Suzuki scored the game's first run after leading off the game with a single off Kenny Rogers. Sexson's RBI triple and Lopez's run-scoring single extended Seattle's lead to 3-0 later in the first.
In the second, Torrealba hit a one-out double, Suzuki had a bunt single and both scored on Betancourt's double to make it 5-0.
Texas pulled within 5-2 in the bottom half on RBI singles by Kevin Mench and Botts. Botts had his first major league hit and RBI while playing in his second game.
Gary Matthews Jr.'s RBI groundout in the fourth and Teixeira's run-scoring single in the fifth made it 5-4.
After allowing seven hits in the first two innings, Rogers' sinker kicked in and he had seven straight groundball outs from the second into the fourth until Suzuki's two-out triple.
Rogers gave up five runs and eight hits in seven innings. He struck out four and didn't issue a walk.
Rod Barajas' RBI single in the eighth off J.J. Putz got Texas within 6-5.
|Players of the Game|
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|Ichiro Suzuki, DH||5||2||3||0||0||1||0||.303|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||5||1||3||2||0||0||1||.256|
|Raul Ibanez, RF||5||0||0||0||0||3||3||.292|
|Richie Sexson, 1B||4||2||2||2||0||0||1||.263|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.255|
|Jose Lopez, 2B||3||0||1||1||0||0||0||.227|
|Mike Morse, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.286|
|Jeremy Reed, PR-CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.256|
|Shin-Soo Choo, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.143|
|Jaime Bubela, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.240|
|2B - Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (10, Rogers, Shouse), Yorvit Torrealba (12, Rogers)|
|3B - Ichiro Suzuki (12, Rogers), Richie Sexson (1, Rogers)|
|HR - Richie Sexson (37, Volquez)|
|RBI - Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (12), Richie Sexson 2 (110), Jose Lopez (17)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jose Lopez (8)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Jeremy Reed 1|
|DP - J. Lopez-Betancourt-Sexson, Beltre-J. Lopez-Sexson|
|Julio Mateo (H,7)||2||1||0||0||0||2||0||2.79|
|J.J. Putz (H,19)||1||3||1||1||0||1||0||3.64|
|Eddie Guardado (BS,5; L,2-3)||0.1||3||2||2||0||1||1||2.63|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 100-63, Julio Mateo 27-20, J.J. Putz 25-18, Eddie Guardado 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 8-3, Julio Mateo 2-2, J.J. Putz 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 24, Julio Mateo 7, J.J. Putz 5, Eddie Guardado 4|
|David Dellucci, LF||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.252|
|a- Mark DeRosa, PH||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.271|
|Michael Young, SS||5||1||2||0||0||0||1||.330|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||5||0||2||1||0||2||2||.293|
|Hank Blalock, 3B||5||0||1||1||0||2||3||.271|
|Alfonso Soriano, 2B||4||2||3||0||0||1||0||.277|
|Kevin Mench, RF||4||1||1||1||0||0||3||.273|
|Gary Matthews Jr., CF||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||.258|
|Jason Botts, DH||4||0||3||1||0||1||0||.429|
|Rod Barajas, C||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.253|
|a-homered for Dellucci in the 9th|
|2B - Hank Blalock (32, Guardado), Alfonso Soriano (40, Pineiro)|
|HR - Mark DeRosa (8, Guardado)|
|RBI - Mark DeRosa (20), Mark Teixeira (128), Hank Blalock (87), Kevin Mench (70), Gary Matthews Jr. (49), Jason Botts (1), Rod Barajas (56)|
|2-OUT RBI - Rod Barajas (23)|
|SB - Michael Young (5, 2nd base off Mateo/Torrealba), Alfonso Soriano (25, 2nd base off Pineiro/Torrealba)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Gary Matthews Jr. (6, Wild throw)|
|Brian Shouse (W,3-2)||1.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||5.66|
|HBP - J. Lopez (by Edison Volquez)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kenny Rogers 102-62, Edison Volquez 20-12, Brian Shouse 16-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenny Rogers 12-5, Brian Shouse 4-0|
|Batters Faced - Kenny Rogers 29, Edison Volquez 5, Brian Shouse 5|
|Attendance - 41983|
|Game Time - 2:58|
|Temperature - 92|
|Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Casey Moser, Second Base - Angel A. Hernandez, Third Base - Greg Gibson|