Seattle at Texas

W: F. Hernandez (4-6) L: J. Koronka (4-3)
HR: SEA - R. Ibanez (8)   TEX - G. Matthews (5)

Ibanez unleashes four RBI as M's end six-game skid

CBS wire reports

ARLINGTON, Texas -- A day after getting ejected for the first time in his career, Raul Ibanez got the Seattle Mariners off to a fast start.

And the singles kept coming and coming, except for a three-run homer by Ibanez, as the Mariners ended a six-game losing streak with a 14-5 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

"We had a shark mentality," Ibanez said.

The Mariners set a season high for runs, scoring one more than they did combined during the losing streak. Of their 18 hits, 17 were singles -- and many of those were grounders through the infield.

Ibanez put the Mariners ahead to stay with an RBI single in the first, and his eighth homer of the season came in a six-run third that made it 7-0.

"Raul's three-run homer gave us a lift and from there we pecked away and found some holes," manager Mike Hargrove said. "So much of this game is confidence. We haven't had a lot of confidence-building the last six, seven days."

During the game, the Rangers traded struggling designated hitter Phil Nevin to the Chicago Cubs for utility player Jerry Hairston Jr. Nevin was hitting .216 with nine homers and 31 RBI, with only two hits (both home runs) his last 32 at-bats.

"I completely look forward to being in Chicago, but right now, saying goodbye to these guys will be tough," Nevin said after the game in front of his locker that had already been cleaned out. "They honestly helped me out quite a bit."

The Cubs were desperately seeking a bopper to help replace injured slugger Derrek Lee. Nevin, who has been splitting time with rookie Jason Botts, was primarily a first baseman for San Diego before being traded to Texas for pitcher Chan Ho Park last July.

Seattle had a 7-0 lead and 11 hits in 2 2/3 innings against rookie left-hander John Koronka (4-3).

"Command was an issue for him," Texas manager Buck Showalter said. "He left a lot of balls over the plate. And he paid the price for it."

Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-5 - his major league-best 25th multihit game -- with a walk and scored four times while playing in his team-record 294th consecutive game for the Mariners, who finished 1-5 on their road trip. Edgar Martinez played in 293 straight from 1994-96.

Gary Matthews Jr. went 3-for-4, including his first career grand slam -- and the second in less than 24 hours for the Rangers.

Felix Hernandez (4-6) faced the minimum 12 batters through the first four innings, even after taking a ball off his right biceps to start the third. Seattle's 20-year-old right-hander benefited from a pair of double plays before running into trouble in the fifth that set up Matthews' 433-foot shot into the second deck of seats in right field.

Hernandez allowed seven hits over six innings. He struck out four and walked one.

"I was uncomfortable after I got hit in the arm, but I tried to stay relaxed and make my pitches," Hernandez said. "The offense and defense really supported me."

Suzuki led off the game with a single, moved to third on Adrian Beltre's hit and scored the first run on the hit by Ibanez, who Tuesday night was ejected in the first inning for arguing a check-swing third strike.

"One of the great things about this game is if things don't go right, there's always tomorrow," Ibanez said.

Suzuki's AL-high 18th infield hit got Seattle going in the third. Jose Lopez had an RBI single before Ibanez homered, then Mike Morse and Yuniesky Betancourt had consecutive groundball hits through the left side for RBI. Morse and Betancourt also drove in runs in the eighth.

The Rangers didn't get a runner past first base until Kevin Mench's one-out double in the fifth. He scored on a single by D'Angelo Jimenez before Matthews homered to get the Rangers to 7-5.

Seattle had two on with two outs in the sixth when Richie Sexson hit a grounder toward All-Star shortstop Michael Young. The ball took a bad hop just as it was about to go into Young's glove, and went into left for a two-run single.

"That swung the momentum back in our favor," Hargrove said.

Beltre added a two-run single in the seventh before Lopez had a sacrifice fly.


  • Brad Wilkerson hit a grand slam Tuesday night for the Rangers in a 6-4 victory. Texas has five grand slams this season -- all at home, one short of a team record.
  • Texas is 15-16 at home.
  • Seattle finished 6-10 during its 16-day stretch without a break. The Mariners are off Thursday before a seven-game homestand.
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The Rangers' Gary Matthews Jr. finishes 3-for-4, including his first career grand slam.  (AP)
The Rangers' Gary Matthews Jr. finishes 3-for-4, including his first career grand slam. (AP)

Players of the Game

G. Matthews
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1

I. Suzuki
AB 5
R 4
H 3
HR 0

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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5430103 .332
    Jeremy Reed, CF0000000 .227
Adrian Beltre, 3B6132010 .230
Jose Lopez, 2B5122002 .282
Raul Ibanez, LF4224212 .267
Richie Sexson, DH5112123 .205
Kenji Johjima, C5110012 .274
Willie Bloomquist, CF-RF4210110 .293
Mike Morse, 1B4132100 .375
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS5122001 .281
HR - Raul Ibanez (8, Koronka)
SF - Jose Lopez (1)
RBI - Adrian Beltre 2 (16), Jose Lopez 2 (42), Raul Ibanez 4 (36), Richie Sexson 2 (29), Mike Morse 2 (2), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Raul Ibanez (9), Richie Sexson 2 (8), Mike Morse (1), Yuniesky Betancourt (8)
SB - Ichiro Suzuki (17, 2nd base off Benoit/Barajas)
CS - Willie Bloomquist (2, 2nd base by Bauer/Barajas)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Betancourt-J. Lopez-Morse, Betancourt-J. Lopez-Morse
E - Yuniesky Betancourt (6, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Felix Hernandez (W,4-6) 6755141 5.78
Julio Mateo 2000020 4.82
Sean Green 1200120 5.84
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 94-57, Julio Mateo 26-20, Sean Green 30-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 8-4, Julio Mateo 1-4, Sean Green 1-0
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 24, Julio Mateo 7, Sean Green 6
Texas Rangers
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4134001 .308
    Jason Botts, LF1000003 .385
Michael Young, SS4000002 .313
    Gerald Laird, C0000000 .327
Mark Teixeira, 1B4000020 .284
    Ian Kinsler, 2B0000000 .390
Hank Blalock, DH4000000 .310
Kevin Mench, RF4130010 .305
Brad Wilkerson, LF-CF3100122 .257
Mark DeRosa, 3B-SS4120000 .320
D'Angelo Jimenez, 2B-3B3111111 .211
Rod Barajas, C-1B4000027 .234
2B - Kevin Mench (9, Hernandez)
HR - Gary Matthews Jr. (5, Hernandez)
RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. 4 (24), D'Angelo Jimenez (8)
2-OUT RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. 4 (9)
Team LOB - 5
Outfield Assists - Brad Wilkerson 1
E - D'Angelo Jimenez (4, )
Texas Rangers
John Koronka (L,4-3) 2.21177031 4.87
Joaquin Benoit 3.1322220 5.40
Rick Bauer 0.2233200 4.00
C.J. Wilson 2.1222210 5.12
IBB - Ibanez by Joaquin Benoit
Pitches-Strikes - John Koronka 61-38, Joaquin Benoit 54-29, Rick Bauer 27-15, C.J. Wilson 50-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Koronka 3-1, Joaquin Benoit 2-6, Rick Bauer 1-1, C.J. Wilson 3-3
Batters Faced - John Koronka 18, Joaquin Benoit 15, Rick Bauer 6, C.J. Wilson 11
Game Information
Attendance - 19131
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Charlie Reliford, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Paul Nauert