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Mariners feast on Rangers' pitching with 14 hits, 14 runs

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SEATTLE -- Seattle found a solution for its early-season struggles at the plate: Texas pitching.

The Mariners hit four home runs and had a season-high in hits and runs in a 14-6 win over the Rangers on Sunday.

Jose Vidro homered into the right field seats in his first two at-bats, Ichiro Suzuki had four hits, and Adrian Beltre went deep for the second straight day.

The top three hitters in Seattle's order -- Suzuki, Beltre and Vidro -- were 9-for-14 with 10 RBI and nine runs scored.

"If we have people on base with this ballclub, it's going to be good," Vidro said.

Seattle's hitters staged a turnaround against Texas, after entering the series hitting just .187. They raised their averaged nearly 50 points in the three games, collecting 33 hits, including 14 on Sunday.

Seattle scored 24 runs in taking two of three from Texas.

Getting three consecutive games without interruption certainly helped Seattle. The Mariners played three straight days for the first time since their season-opening series at home against Oakland.

"Guys are getting more comfortable getting to play every day," Beltre said.

Suzuki hit his 21st career leadoff home run and one out later Vidro connected for a solo shot, quickly erasing a 2-0 deficit and setting the tone for the afternoon. Vidro then hit a three-run homer in the second inning, the first of Seattle's two four-run innings. It was Vidro's sixth career two-homer game, the last coming in 2003 while with Montreal.

Vidro started the day batting .143, and spent time in the video room with hitting coach Jeff Pentland trying to find answers.

"It's always good to have somebody like that who can correct you," Vidro said. "I listened to him and went out and tried to work on things early today in (batting practice) and it worked in the game."

That was more than enough offense for Horacio Ramirez, who made his first official start for Seattle, 14 days into the season. Ramirez started on April 6 at Cleveland, but a snow storm forced the game to be called one strike short of being official. Ramirez trailed that game 4-0, but his slate was wiped clean.

Ramirez (1-0) allowed Sammy Sosa's two-out, two-run single off the left field wall in the first, then held the Rangers mostly in check. He pitched six innings, giving up seven hits and one earned run, picking up his first win since July 17 of last year while with Atlanta.

Texas starter Brandon McCarthy (1-2) lasted two innings, giving up six runs and six hits including a trio of homers. It was the shortest outing in McCarthy's 15 career starts.

"It wasn't one of the more positive outings I'll have this year," McCarthy said.

Suzuki's 26th career four-hit day including a one-out bunt single in the fourth that started Seattle's second four-run inning. Suzuki snapped an 0-for-13 slump on Saturday, then raised his average from .192 to .290 just on Sunday.

The reason?

"Yesterday, I had two ice creams. Usually I only eat one," Suzuki said.

Beltre then walked and Vidro's infield single loaded the bases. Raul Ibanez lined a shot past pitcher Kameron Loe into center field, scoring two. After a groundout, Texas third baseman Matt Kata made his second error of the day, misplaying the hop on Jose Guillen's chopper, allowing Vidro to score.

Kenji Johjima followed with a liner off Loe's glove. Loe rushed his throw to first, sailing it over Mark Teixeira's head and into the right field seats on a hop, allowing Ibanez to score.

Kata also had a throwing error in the first and had Beltre's RBI single in the second skip under his glove. That hit came after a 13-pitch at-bat by Suzuki, who fouled off eight straight pitches before reaching on an infield single.

Beltre's homer came with two outs in the seventh and hit high off the foul pole in left field.

Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler hit a solo home run in the ninth, his sixth of the season.

Notes

  • Nine players and coaches wore No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson. For Seattle, Beltre, RHP Miguel Batista, OF Jason Ellison, LHP Arthur Rhodes and 2B Jose Lopez wore the number. For Texas, it was manager Ron Washington, coach Gary Pettis, OF Kenny Lofton and OF Jerry Hairston, Jr.
  • Suzuki stole second in the fourth inning for Seattle's first attempt and steal of the season. They were the last team in baseball to attempt a steal. It was Suzuki's 40th consecutive successful stolen base dating back to last season.
  • Texas committed three errors and have six in the last two games.
 
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Jose Vidro (right) gets a welcome committee at home plate after his second home run of the day.  (AP)
Jose Vidro (right) gets a welcome committee at home plate after his second home run of the day. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

J. Vidro
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Seattle

H. Ramirez
IP 6.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 3
K 1
 
Texas Rangers
Kenny Lofton, CF5111010 .262
Ian Kinsler, 2B4321102 .343
Michael Young, SS5000000 .200
Mark Teixeira, 1B4011012 .233
Sammy Sosa, DH4012001 .175
Nelson Cruz, RF3010100 .259
Matt Kata, 3B4100013 .273
Chris Stewart, C3111100 .333
Jerry Hairston Jr., LF4010012 .333
Totals3668634  
Batting
2B - Chris Stewart (1, Ramirez)
HR - Ian Kinsler (6, Putz)
RBI - Kenny Lofton (5), Ian Kinsler (10), Mark Teixeira (2), Sammy Sosa 2 (7), Chris Stewart (2)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Kinsler (7), Mark Teixeira (1), Sammy Sosa 2 (3)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jerry Hairston Jr. 1
E - Matt Kata 2 (2, Throwing), Kameron Loe (1, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Brandon McCarthy (L,1-2) 2666113 7.07
Kameron Loe 3542110 5.40
Bruce Chen 2344121 6.00
Scott Feldman 1000010 1.42
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 56-39, Kameron Loe 62-36, Bruce Chen 49-32, Scott Feldman 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 2-4, Kameron Loe 5-3, Bruce Chen 1-3, Scott Feldman 1-1
Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 14, Kameron Loe 15, Bruce Chen 10, Scott Feldman 3
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF5442000 .290
Adrian Beltre, 3B4324100 .233
Jose Vidro, DH5334000 .212
Raul Ibanez, LF5112000 .226
Richie Sexson, 1B4010000 .192
   a- Ben Broussard, PH-1B1000010 .250
Jose Guillen, RF4000010 .185
    Yuniesky Betancourt, SS1000000 .125
Kenji Johjima, C4131012 .476
Jose Lopez, 2B3100113 .231
    Jason Ellison, RF00000001.000
Willie Bloomquist, SS-2B3100111 .000
Totals3914141335  
a-struck out for Sexson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Richie Sexson (3, McCarthy), Kenji Johjima (5, Chen)
HR - Ichiro Suzuki (1, McCarthy), Adrian Beltre (2, Chen), Jose Vidro 2 (2, McCarthy, McCarthy)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 2 (4), Adrian Beltre 4 (10), Jose Vidro 4 (6), Raul Ibanez 2 (4), Kenji Johjima (2)
2-OUT RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (2), Adrian Beltre 3 (6), Kenji Johjima (1)
SB - Ichiro Suzuki (1, 2nd base off Loe/Stewart)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ichiro Suzuki 1
DP - Suzuki-J. Lopez
E - Adrian Beltre (2, Throwing), Willie Bloomquist (1, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
Horacio Ramirez (W,1-0) 6751310 1.50
Julio Mateo 2000010 3.18
J.J. Putz 1111021 4.50
WP - Horacio Ramirez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Horacio Ramirez 106-65, Julio Mateo 27-19, J.J. Putz 22-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Horacio Ramirez 10-8, Julio Mateo 3-2, J.J. Putz 1-0
Batters Faced - Horacio Ramirez 29, Julio Mateo 6, J.J. Putz 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25001
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 49
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Paul Emmel