Texas at Seattle

W: C. Baek (3-2) L: V. Padilla (2-8)
HR: TEX - G. Laird (3)   SEA - None

Mariners 9, Rangers 5

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

SEATTLE -- Ichiro Suzuki's May could make Seattle's summer worth something.

Suzuki extended his hitting streak to a career-high 24 games and the Mariners held on to beat the Texas Rangers 9-5 on Thursday night.

Suzuki went 3-for-5 with two RBI and Kenji Johjima, Adrian Beltre and Yuniesky Betancourt all had two hits for Seattle. The Mariners' first 11 hits of the game were singles.

"He's a special player. I don't think he should surprise any of us," said Seattle manager Mike Hargrove, whose longest hitting streak when he played in the majors was 23 games. "I'll tell you what, when you get up in the 20s in a hitting streak, you start thinking about it. But Ichiro is Ichiro. He keeps going about his business the same way."

Gerald Laird hit a three-run homer and Frank Catalanotto had a two-run double for Texas, which lost for the eighth time in nine games to fall a season-low 16 games under .500. The Rangers lost a team-record 20 games in May.

Texas slugger Sammy Sosa struck out four times and remains stuck on 598 career homers.

Suzuki is the main reason why Seattle, the AL West's last-place finishers in each of the previous three seasons, has won seven of 10 games, is two games above .500 and within 4 1/2 games of the division-leading Los Angeles Angels entering June.

Suzuki, who also swiped a base and scored two runs, is batting .411 during his streak. He had 46 hits and an AL-best 13 stolen bases in 30 games in May, and batted .357 in the month.

And that average was 16 points lower than his career mark for the month entering this season.

"It's better than being called 'Mr. March,"' Suzuki said through an interpreter, chuckling over his May results.

Suzuki said the fact he's in the last year of his deal without any serious talks yet on a new Seattle contract -- he has acknowledged thoughts on possibly entering free agency after this season -- gives no added importance to his strong start.

"If I were going off that thought process, I would have to be 'Mr. March,' getting hot even before the season begins," he said. "But in the game of baseball, you are not able to control those things."

Suzuki led off the bottom of the first with a base hit to tie Joey Cora (1997) for the best hitting streak in team history. Jose Guillen reached on a one-out single off Vicente Padilla (2-8), who then walked Raul Ibanez to load the bases. Richie Sexson followed with a two-run single. Johjima's first base hit made it 3-0.

Beltre, Betancourt and Suzuki all had run-scoring singles in the third and Jose Vidro drove in a run with a groundout to extend the lead to 7-0.

When asked how he thought he pitched, Padilla snapped back, "How do you think?"

Cha Seung Baek (3-2) sailed into the fourth before Texas broke through for five runs against the Mariners starter. Catalanotto doubled in Sosa and Mark Teixeira and Laird hit his third homer of the season.

Baek gave up five hits and walked two in 6 1/3 innings. Brandon Morrow replaced him after Baek hit Kenny Lofton with a pitch with one out - and Morrow walked two straight to load the bases.

But the standout rookie responded by striking out Sosa on a 96 mph fastball and getting Catalanotto to ground out to extend his scoreless streak to 16 1/3 innings. The night before, the fifth overall pick in last June's draft struck out Vladimir Guerrero, also with the bases loaded.

Padilla allowed nine hits and seven runs in three innings. He has given up six or more runs in six of his 12 starts.

"We've got to pitch better -- especially your No. 2 guy," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "(Padilla) is supposed to be your No. 2 guy ... you expect him to keep you in the game."


Lofton went hitless on his 40th birthday. ... Teixeira played in his 500th consecutive game, second longest streak in the major leagues behind Miguel Tejada's 1,134.

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Players of the Game

G. Laird
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

I. Suzuki
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0

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Mark Teixeira, 1B2100211 .295
Sammy Sosa, DH5110046 .250
Frank Catalanotto, LF4112006 .183
Marlon Byrd, RF3000101 .273
Ian Kinsler, 2B3100111 .233
Gerald Laird, C4123000 .222
Ramon Vazquez, 3B3000000 .343
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2B - Michael Young (17, Baek), Frank Catalanotto (2, Baek)
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Team LOB - 8
DP - Young-Kinsler-Teixeira
E - Ramon Vazquez (1, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Vicente Padilla (L,2-8) 3977110 6.45
Willie Eyre 2100010 2.92
Frank Francisco 1000010 3.57
Joaquin Benoit 1100010 3.42
Akinori Otsuka 1322000 2.75
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Pitches-Strikes - Vicente Padilla 72-46, Willie Eyre 24-17, Frank Francisco 9-6, Joaquin Benoit 13-11, Akinori Otsuka 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vicente Padilla 6-3, Willie Eyre 3-2, Frank Francisco 1-1, Joaquin Benoit 1-0, Akinori Otsuka 2-1
Batters Faced - Vicente Padilla 21, Willie Eyre 7, Frank Francisco 3, Joaquin Benoit 3, Akinori Otsuka 6
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF5232001 .336
Jose Vidro, DH5011000 .298
Jose Guillen, RF4110012 .260
    Jason Ellison, RF0000000 .211
   a- Ben Broussard, PH0001000 .302
    Willie Bloomquist, RF0000000 .167
Raul Ibanez, LF4210111 .282
Richie Sexson, 1B4012021 .196
Kenji Johjima, C3121000 .316
Adrian Beltre, 3B4121003 .280
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4221001 .292
Jose Lopez, 2B3010004 .274
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Ellison in the 8th
2B - Yuniesky Betancourt (11, Otsuka)
SF - Ben Broussard (1)
SH - Jose Lopez (2)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 2 (24), Jose Vidro (18), Ben Broussard (9), Richie Sexson 2 (32), Kenji Johjima (23), Adrian Beltre (27), Yuniesky Betancourt (22)
SB - Ichiro Suzuki (14, 2nd base off Otsuka/Laird)
Team LOB - 7
Seattle Mariners
Cha Seung Baek (W,3-2) 6.1555231 4.93
Brandon Morrow (H,7) 0.2000210 1.77
Jason Davis (H,1) 0.1100110 4.19
George Sherrill (H,7) 0.2000020 1.65
J.J. Putz 1000020 1.19
HBP - Teixeira (by Cha Seung Baek), Lofton (by Cha Seung Baek)
Pitches-Strikes - Cha Seung Baek 101-58, Brandon Morrow 20-10, Jason Davis 13-9, George Sherrill 9-6, J.J. Putz 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cha Seung Baek 7-9, Brandon Morrow 1-0, J.J. Putz 1-0
Batters Faced - Cha Seung Baek 28, Brandon Morrow 4, Jason Davis 3, George Sherrill 2, J.J. Putz 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20137
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Paul Nauert