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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas rookie Edinson Volquez showed his veteran counterpart that he knows a few things about pitching himself.

The 23-year-old Volquez pitched seven shutout innings to earn his first career win, helping the Texas Rangers beat 43-year-old Jamie Moyer and the Seattle Mariners 5-4 Saturday night.

Gary Matthews Jr. and Gerald Laird homered as the Rangers won their fourth straight game.

Volquez, who was making his fifth career start, went 0-4 last year with the Rangers and was making his second start of the season. He came into the game with a career 12.23 ERA.

"There's no substitute for experience," Texas manager Buck Showalter said. "You have to experience the ups and downs and keep the downs to a minimum. It's starting to come together for him."

Volquez (1-1) allowed four hits and struck out three. He capped his 104-pitch outing by striking out Adam Jones and Ichiro Suzuki to end the seventh inning before Joaquin Benoit relieved him to start the eighth.

Volquez showed some veteran composure when he escaped bases-loaded jams in the second and fourth. He ended the threat each time by retiring Jones, the No. 9 hitter.

Jones stuck out in the second and grounded out in the fourth on fastballs.

"When I get in a situation I think 'You can do it. Make your best pitch," Volquez said. "The fastball away is my best pitch."

Moyer (6-11) allowed five runs and 10 hits in six innings. He is 1-5 over his last eight starts with a 6.33 ERA.

"You don't expect low scoring games here," Moyer said. "If you give up three, four or five runs, you're going to have a chance to win."

Volquez left with a 5-0 lead and Seattle rallied against the Rangers' bullpen.

Kenji Johjima, who was 3-for-4, hit an RBI single off Benoit in the eighth and Yuniesky Betancourt followed with a two-run single to cut it to 5-3.

Rick Bauer relieved Benoit and promptly gave up an RBI double to Willie Bloomquist. But Bauer struck out pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs on three pitches to end the inning.

Akinori Otsuka worked the ninth for his 23rd save in 26 chances.

"We squared up a lot of baseballs and they just made the plays," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. "Our guys battled all night, it just didn't happen."

Matthews, who also homered Friday night, hit his 14th homer leading off the fifth against Moyer. Mark DeRosa added a run-scoring single in the fifth to give him 14 RBI in the last five games.

The Rangers, who have scored 41 runs in their last four contests, have outscored the Mariners 27-13 in winning the first three games of the four-game series.

After slumping to a 5-7 record in the first 12 games after acquiring slugger Carlos Lee, Laird said the Rangers are hitting their stride.

"This is what we're supposed to be doing," Laird said. "This is what we made all those moves for."

Texas took a 1-0 lead in the first when Matthews doubled and scored on Michael Young's single. Nelson Cruz added a sacrifice fly in the second.

After the Rangers scored two in the fifth, Laird added a solo shot off Moyer in the sixth. It was his sixth of the season.

Moyer has given up 25 home runs this season.

Notes

The game was delayed 20 minutes by rain in the third inning. ... Texas slugger Mark Teixeira was 3-for-3 and reached base in his 36th straight game - the longest active streak in the American League. ... Seattle has lost 11 of its last 13 at Texas. ... Texas 3B Hank Blalock went 0-for-3, snapping his 12-game hitting streak.

 
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Players of the Game
Seattle

Y. Betancourt
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Texas

G. Matthews
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, DH5000010
Jose Lopez, 2B5110000
Adrian Beltre, 3B5010011
Raul Ibanez, LF4000111
Richie Sexson, 1B4110102
Kenji Johjima, C4131001
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3122101
Willie Bloomquist, RF-CF2011200
Adam Jones, CF3000026
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH-RF1000011
Totals364945613 
a-struck out for Jones in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adrian Beltre (, Otsuka), Richie Sexson (, Volquez), Willie Bloomquist (, Bauer)
RBI - Kenji Johjima (), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (), Willie Bloomquist ()
2-OUT RBI - Kenji Johjima (), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (), Willie Bloomquist ()
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Betancourt-J. Lopez-Sexson
Seattle Mariners
Jamie Moyer (L,-) 61055112
Julio Mateo 1200000
Mark Lowe 1000110
HBP - Blalock (by Julio Mateo)
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 107-66, Julio Mateo 19-11, Mark Lowe 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 8-8, Julio Mateo 1-2, Mark Lowe 1-1
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 28, Julio Mateo 6, Mark Lowe 4
Texas Rangers
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4221100
Michael Young, SS5021001
Carlos Lee, LF4010002
Mark Teixeira, 1B3130100
Mark DeRosa, 3B4011005
Hank Blalock, DH3000003
Ian Kinsler, 2B4110003
Gerald Laird, C3121010
Nelson Cruz, RF3001011
Totals3351252215 
Batting
2B - Gary Matthews Jr. (, Moyer), Ian Kinsler (, Moyer)
HR - Gary Matthews Jr. (, Moyer), Gerald Laird (, Moyer)
SF - Nelson Cruz ()
SH - Gerald Laird ()
RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. (), Michael Young (), Mark DeRosa (), Gerald Laird (), Nelson Cruz ()
2-OUT RBI - Mark DeRosa ()
SB - Mark Teixeira (, 2nd base off Moyer/Johjima)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Ian Kinsler (, )
Texas Rangers
Edinson Volquez (W,-) 7400330
Joaquin Benoit 0.2344120
Rick Bauer (H,) 0.1100010
Akinori Otsuka (S,) 1100100
Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 104-63, Joaquin Benoit 24-14, Rick Bauer 9-6, Akinori Otsuka 22-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 8-10, Akinori Otsuka 2-1
Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 28, Joaquin Benoit 6, Rick Bauer 2, Akinori Otsuka 5
Game Information
Attendance - 35784
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Mark Carlson