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Young's two-run triple helps Rangers complete sweep of M's

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas has stayed in the American League West race with its solid play against division foes.

The Seattle Mariners may have fallen out of postseason contention because of their inability to win against their rivals.

Michael Young hit a tiebreaking two-run triple, Gary Matthews Jr. drove in three runs and the Rangers beat the slumping Mariners 10-6 Sunday night to complete a four-game sweep.

Carlos Lee also drove in three runs for Texas, which won its fifth straight game and remain five games behind division-leading Oakland in the AL West. The Rangers have scored 51 runs during their winning streak.

Texas improved to 19-14 within its division -- including an 8-2 mark against Seattle.

"We're playing a good brand of baseball right now," Texas manager Buck Showalter said. "We're hoping to have some fun in September. We still have half the month of August before we can make a run at this thing."

Seattle has lost 13 straight games against the AL West and is 10-25 in the division. The Mariners were last swept Sept. 15-18, 2005, against the Rangers. That was also Texas' last four-game sweep.

The Mariners fell a season-high nine games out of first place.

"We've got a lot of baseball still to play," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. "We're not done. We've got a long uphill battle ahead of us."

Young's triple off Felix Hernandez gave the Rangers a 5-3 lead in the fifth inning and put Kevin Millwood (11-8) in the winner's circle.

Millwood gave up three runs in six innings. He allowed eight hits and struck out four to win at home for the first time since June 16.

"It will go down as a quality start," Millwood said. "But for me, there's a lot of things I could have done better. I was not putting the ball where I wanted it."

Millwood was the beneficiary of some great defense from Matthews, who made a leaping catch near the wall in left-center in the fifth to rob Adrian Beltre of extra bases.

Matthews, who has made several highlight-reel catches in center this season, also had a three-run double in the second.

"It was pretty close to going out," Matthews said. "Maybe it would have been off the top of the wall. I thought I had a good shot at it and then I lost it for a minute. You just have to time your leap to get the ball at its highest point."

Kenji Johjima and Ben Broussard homered for the Mariners.

Hernandez (10-10) allowed seven runs in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander yielded six hits, struck out eight and walked four in a career-high 117-pitch outing

After giving up three runs in the second, Hernandez retired the next six before Ian Kinsler led off the fifth with a single. Matthews then walked to set the stage for Young, who lined an 0-1 pitch to deep center for a triple.

Young came home on Lee's single, and the Rangers added a run in the sixth when Matt Stairs scored on a wild pitch.

In the seventh, Lee doubled, stole third and came home on an error to put Texas on top 8-3. He hit a two-run single in the eighth.

"I'm encouraged by the way we're playing," Matthews said. "We seem to be rolling on all cylinders."

Hernandez seemed to be cruising as he struck out four of the first seven hitters he faced.

Broussard's homer and Ichiro Suzuki's RBI single gave Seattle a 2-0 lead in the second. Broussard added a sacrifice fly in the third.

Notes

  • Showalter said after the game that RHP Kip Wells will have his scheduled start Thursday pushed back until at least Saturday. Wells, who twisted his left foot Friday night, will see a foot specialist Monday to further determine his status. Edinson Volquez will start Thursday for Texas.
  • Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki, who was 1-of-14 in the first three games of the series, had two hits.
  • Texas' Mark Teixeira saw his 36-game streak of reaching base come to end. He was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.
  • Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
 
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Gary Matthews Jr. lines a double into the left-field corner, clearing the bases in the second.  (AP)
Gary Matthews Jr. lines a double into the left-field corner, clearing the bases in the second. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

C. Lee
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Seattle

I. Suzuki
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4022001 .324
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS5000003 .299
Adrian Beltre, 3B5110011 .263
Raul Ibanez, LF4010001 .271
Richie Sexson, 1B3010122 .229
Ben Broussard, DH2112000 .303
   a- Eduardo Perez, PH-DH1000001 .283
Kenji Johjima, C4111001 .297
Willie Bloomquist, 2B3110100 .253
Adam Jones, CF3110011 .217
   b- Greg Dobbs, PH1111000 .333
Totals3561062411 
a-lined out for Broussard in the 8th
b-tripled for Jones in the 9th
Batting
3B - Greg Dobbs (1, Bauer)
HR - Ben Broussard (16, Millwood), Kenji Johjima (13, Bauer)
SF - Ichiro Suzuki (2), Ben Broussard (3)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 2 (37), Ben Broussard 2 (50), Kenji Johjima (53), Greg Dobbs (2)
2-OUT RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (19)
SB - Adam Jones (3, 2nd base off Millwood/Barajas)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Raul Ibanez 1
E - Kenji Johjima (4, ), Adam Jones (3, )
Seattle Mariners
Felix Hernandez (L,10-10) 5.2676480 4.50
Sean Green 1.2433010 5.40
George Sherrill 0.2100100 2.70
IBB - Matthews by George Sherrill
WP - Felix Hernandez 2 (9)
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 117-70, Sean Green 38-26, George Sherrill 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 4-5, Sean Green 3-1
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 27, Sean Green 9, George Sherrill 4
Texas Rangers
Gary Matthews Jr., CF3113211 .321
Michael Young, SS5122003 .306
Carlos Lee, LF5133001 .297
    Jerry Hairston Jr., PR-LF0000000 .211
Mark Teixeira, 1B5000034 .287
Hank Blalock, 3B4010021 .288
Mark DeRosa, RF4110011 .331
Matt Stairs, DH4100011 .262
Ian Kinsler, 2B3320101 .303
Rod Barajas, C2210211 .257
Totals35101185914 
Batting
2B - Gary Matthews Jr. (38, Hernandez), Michael Young (41, Hernandez), Carlos Lee (25, Green), Hank Blalock (20, Green), Rod Barajas (17, Green)
3B - Michael Young (1, Hernandez)
RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. 3 (64), Michael Young 2 (79), Carlos Lee 3 (89)
2-OUT RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. 3 (26), Carlos Lee 2 (31)
SB - Carlos Lee (14, off Green/Johjima), Ian Kinsler (8, 2nd base off Hernandez/Johjima)
Team LOB - 6
Texas Rangers
Kevin Millwood (W,11-8) 6833041 4.73
Wes Littleton 1.1000000 0.48
C.J. Wilson 0.2000100 3.64
Rick Bauer 1233101 3.65
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 93-63, Wes Littleton 11-7, C.J. Wilson 13-7, Rick Bauer 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 4-10, Wes Littleton 3-1, C.J. Wilson 1-1, Rick Bauer 2-1
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 26, Wes Littleton 4, C.J. Wilson 3, Rick Bauer 6
Game Information
Attendance - 29717
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 98
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor