Texas at Seattle

W: M. Batista (6-3) L: K. Loe (1-5)
S: J. Putz (13)
HR: TEX - M. Teixeira (10)   SEA - J. Guillen (7)

Mariners 5, Rangers 4

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

SEATTLE -- It took just 11 pitches for the Seattle Mariners to knock out Texas starter Kameron Loe, and take a lead they needed because of an unsteady performance from a usually reliable bullpen.

Jose Guillen hit the first pitch of the sixth inning into the left-field bleachers, and Miguel Batista won his third straight decision as the Mariners beat the Rangers 5-4 on Saturday night.

Ichiro Suzuki never got the ball out of the infield and saw his club-record 25-game hitting streak come to an end. Suzuki grounded out weakly three times and popped out to third base in his final at-bat in the seventh.

"I'm definitely not happy about it," Suzuki said afterward.

Seattle could get away with a shaky night from its thin bullpen thanks to a three-run rally in the sixth inning, instigated by Guillen.

Loe started the at-bat with a slider but left the pitch high, and Guillen hit his seventh homer a few rows above the hand-operated scoreboard in left.

Raul Ibanez lined Loe's next pitch to center field. Richie Sexson walked on five pitches, and Kenji Johjima lined an RBI double to left over Frank Catalanotto. Loe (1-5) was pulled after Yuniesky Betancourt flied out to right field, scoring Sexson.

In only 11 pitches, a 2-0 lead became 5-0.

"I don't feel like I'm doing terrible," said Loe, who lost his fifth straight decision. "I just had kind of a bad luck inning. ... I don't know why I lost my command for a minute."

Batista (6-4) pitched well for Seattle, carrying a shutout into the seventh. He left with one-out in the inning after giving up a walk and a hit, and having thrown 113 pitches.

That's when things became interesting for the Mariners' bullpen. Both runners Batista allowed on base came around to score.

Lefty Eric O'Flaherty took over and struck out Ramon Vazquez before walking Kenny Lofton on a 3-2 pitch. O'Flaherty jumped ahead of Michael Young 0-2, but after Young fouled off three pitches, O'Flaherty hit Young to force in a run.

Brandon Morrow entered, but fared no better, missing badly on consecutive 3-2 pitches to Mark Teixeira and Sammy Sosa to force in two more. He struck out Catalanotto to end the rally.

Jon Huber got the first out of the eighth before Ian Kinsler doubled. Closer J.J. Putz got the final five outs and picked up his 13 save in as many opportunities, but even he got touched up.

With two outs in the ninth, Teixeira hit a 3-2 pitch from Putz 458-feet to right-center field. It was the first run Putz has allowed this season in a save situation, but he got Sosa to ground out for the final out.

"We do have some bullpen issues that we're working ourselves through," said Mariners bench coach John McLaren, filling in this weekend while manager Mike Hargrove attends his daughter's high school graduation in Ohio. "We've got to fight through this until we get some guys 100 percent again."

Batista held the Rangers to just five hits and struck out five.

Loe nearly matched Batista into the sixth, but ended up allowing five runs and eight hits. He hasn't won since his first start on April 21 against Oakland, and the Rangers are 1-7 in the last eight games he has started.

"It's been hard to swallow, but there are going to be hard times in my career," Loe said. "This just happens to be one of them."

Betancourt extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a two-out RBI double in the second that scored Ibanez.


Guillen's homer was the 150th of his career. ... Texas is 6-34 this season when scoring less than seven runs. ... Seattle was without 3B Adrian Beltre, who left Friday's game in the eighth inning with a sprained left thumb. He is expected to be out a couple of days. ... Batista leads Seattle in victories and has allowed four earned runs or less in seven of his last eight starts.

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M. Teixeira
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Michael Young, SS3001111 .257
Mark Teixeira, 1B4112112 .296
Sammy Sosa, DH4001110 .245
Frank Catalanotto, LF4010013 .186
Marlon Byrd, RF4010021 .333
Ian Kinsler, 2B4120012 .240
Gerald Laird, C3100101 .224
Ramon Vazquez, 3B4020023 .357
2B - Ian Kinsler (8, Huber)
HR - Mark Teixeira (10, Putz)
RBI - Michael Young (29), Mark Teixeira 2 (35), Sammy Sosa (42)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Young (10), Mark Teixeira 2 (13), Sammy Sosa (15)
SB - Ian Kinsler (8, 3rd base off O'Flaherty/Johjima), Ramon Vazquez (1, 2nd base off Batista/Johjima)
Outfield Assists - Frank Catalanotto 1
Texas Rangers
Kameron Loe (L,1-5) 5.1855421 6.37
Frank Francisco 2.2100020 3.10
WP - Kameron Loe (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Kameron Loe 87-49, Frank Francisco 37-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kameron Loe 8-3, Frank Francisco 1-5
Batters Faced - Kameron Loe 25, Frank Francisco 9
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF4000001 .332
Jose Vidro, DH4000001 .292
Jose Guillen, RF3121110 .271
Raul Ibanez, LF3210112 .281
Richie Sexson, 1B3110100 .210
Kenji Johjima, C4021011 .319
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3012002 .292
Jose Lopez, 2B2100102 .276
Willie Bloomquist, 3B3020011 .205
2B - Kenji Johjima (11, Loe), Yuniesky Betancourt (12, Loe)
HR - Jose Guillen (7, Loe)
SF - Yuniesky Betancourt (2)
RBI - Jose Guillen (33), Kenji Johjima (24), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Yuniesky Betancourt (10)
Team LOB - 5
Seattle Mariners
Miguel Batista (W,6-4) 6.1522250 5.43
Eric O'Flaherty 0.1011110 3.12
Brandon Morrow (H,8) 0.1000210 1.74
Jon Huber (H,2) 0.1100010 2.08
J.J. Putz (S,13) 1.2111011 1.48
HBP - Young (by Eric O'Flaherty)
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Batista 113-70, Eric O'Flaherty 17-10, Brandon Morrow 18-8, Jon Huber 9-7, J.J. Putz 36-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Batista 8-6, J.J. Putz 3-1
Batters Faced - Miguel Batista 26, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Brandon Morrow 3, Jon Huber 2, J.J. Putz 6
Game Information
Attendance - 41988
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Gerry Davis