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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers were short on energy -- and runs -- one day after their record-breaking performance.
Worn out after scoring 39 runs in a doubleheader and then not getting home until after 4 a.m., the Rangers couldn't keep up with AL wild-card leader Seattle in a 9-4 loss Thursday night.
"I think everyone might have been a little bit tired," Frank Catalanotto said. "I know I was dragging a little bit today. You don't want to make excuses, but it's tough not to point at that."
Ichiro Suzuki had a three-run double in between homers by Jose Guillen and Jose Vidro during a seven-run sixth inning for the Mariners, who arrived in Texas in time for dinner Wednesday night after playing a day game.
"They scored 30-plus runs, but they played a doubleheader. It's hot. They got here late," Suzuki said through a translator. "I feel bad for them."
Seattle is 18-7 since a seven-game losing streak last month and has a two-game lead in the wild-card standings ahead of the New York Yankees, who were off Thursday. The Mariners also moved within one game of the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels.
The Rangers were coming off a long doubleheader Wednesday in Baltimore, which included a 30-3 victory in the opener when they set an American League record for runs in a game. It was the first time in 110 years that a major league team scored 30 runs.
Texas won the nightcap 9-7 and finished with an AL-record 39 runs in the doubleheader.
The Rangers led 3-1 against Seattle after a pair of two-out homers: Brad Wilkerson's two-run drive in the third and a solo shot by Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the fourth. Wilkerson finished 4-for-4.
But Seattle's big inning put the game out of reach.
"Hopefully, they were tired. That (39 runs) is very impressive, no doubt. But you don't like to think about that stuff. Texas' lineup is still very potent," Mariners starter Jeff Weaver said. "It's just a matter of time before we break through. We feel really good about our team right now."
Weaver (6-10) won his fourth straight start in August. The right-hander pitched six innings, throwing 60 of his 82 pitches for strikes. He allowed three runs with five strikeouts.
Guillen led off the sixth with his 18th homer. The Mariners then loaded the bases on two singles -- including a run-scoring hit by Jose Lopez -- an error by third baseman Travis Metcalf and a hit batsman.
After Saltalamacchia, the catcher, caught Yuniesky Betancourt's foul popup behind home plate, Suzuki cleared the bases with a double into the left-center gap that chased Kameron Loe (6-10). Vidro then hit reliever Mike Wood's first pitch for his fifth homer.
"I thought we breezed through the first five innings," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "It just happened in the sixth they got something going."
Loe battled back to even the count at 2-2 after two quick balls to Suzuki. But Loe then tried to get a fourth consecutive fastball past Suzuki -- and lost.
"I've been beating myself up about that," Loe said. "I think if I would have gone with anything else, he's in a swing mode right there. If I would have thrown a curveball in the dirt, a changeup, something, I probably would have had a better result."
Only three of the seven runs against Loe were earned in his 5 2/3 innings. He struck out four without any walks but is 1-4 in his last six starts.
It was Saltalamacchia's fifth homer since he joined Texas after being traded from Atlanta in a deal for Mark Teixeira on July 31. Saltalamacchia homered twice and had seven RBI in the opener against the Orioles.
Adrian Beltre, Raul Ibanez, Kenji Johjima and Guillen had two hits apiece. Johjima's RBI single in the second gave Seattle a 1-0 lead.
"Look at our record. We have a balanced lineup, it's not just one or two guys," manager John McLaren said. "We spread it out pretty good."
Weaver has a 3.18 ERA in his four starts in August, the month in which he has a career 22-13 record. ... Loe's lone victory in his last six starts was Saturday when he threw five scoreless innings at Minnesota in his first appearance since coming off the 15-day disabled list (back stiffness). ... Wilkerson had 17 strikeouts in his previous 10 games. ... Suzuki's single in the fifth was an infield hit, his major league-best 44th of the season. ... Rangers SS Michael Young was 0-for-3 with a strikeout and two double-play grounders before his RBI single in the eighth.
|Players of the Game|
|Ichiro Suzuki, CF||5||1||3||3||0||1||0||.352|
|Jose Vidro, DH||5||1||1||2||0||0||2||.319|
|Jose Guillen, RF||5||1||2||1||0||0||1||.293|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||5||1||2||0||0||0||1||.279|
|Adam Jones, PR-LF||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||5||1||2||0||0||1||1||.280|
|Richie Sexson, 1B||5||1||1||1||0||3||2||.211|
|Kenji Johjima, C||4||1||2||1||0||1||1||.279|
|Jose Lopez, 2B||4||1||1||1||0||0||2||.262|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.295|
|2B - Ichiro Suzuki (18, Loe), Raul Ibanez (30, Wood), Yuniesky Betancourt (29, Loe)|
|HR - Jose Vidro (5, Wood), Jose Guillen (18, Loe)|
|RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 3 (53), Jose Vidro 2 (51), Jose Guillen (79), Richie Sexson (62), Kenji Johjima (51), Jose Lopez (52)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 3 (28), Jose Vidro 2 (19), Richie Sexson (26)|
|SB - Adrian Beltre (10, 2nd base off Loe/Saltalamacchia)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - J. Lopez-Betancourt-Sexson, J. Lopez-Sexson, J. Lopez-Betancourt-Sexson, J. Lopez-Betancourt-Sexson|
|Jeff Weaver (W,6-10)||6||7||3||3||1||5||2||5.51|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Weaver 82-60, Eric O'Flaherty 29-18, Sean Green 5-3, J.J. Putz 20-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Weaver 6-4, Eric O'Flaherty 1-1, Sean Green 1-0, J.J. Putz 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Weaver 23, Eric O'Flaherty 6, Sean Green 2, J.J. Putz 4|
|Frank Catalanotto, LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.266|
|Brad Wilkerson, 1B||4||1||4||2||0||0||0||.234|
|Michael Young, SS||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.305|
|Jason Botts, DH||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.225|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.226|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||4||1||1||1||0||2||2||.261|
|David Murphy, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.480|
|Travis Metcalf, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.250|
|Ramon Vazquez, 2B||2||1||0||0||1||0||1||.238|
|2B - Frank Catalanotto (17, Weaver), Nelson Cruz (12, Putz)|
|HR - Brad Wilkerson (18, Weaver), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (9, Weaver)|
|RBI - Brad Wilkerson 2 (53), Michael Young (68), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (25)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brad Wilkerson 2 (12), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (6)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Metcalf-Wilkerson|
|E - Travis Metcalf (6, Misplayed grounder)|
|Kameron Loe (L,6-10)||5.2||10||7||3||0||4||1||5.53|
|HBP - Johjima (by Kameron Loe)|
|WP - Mike Wood (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kameron Loe 100-69, Mike Wood 51-33|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kameron Loe 10-3, Mike Wood 5-3|
|Batters Faced - Kameron Loe 28, Mike Wood 15|
|Attendance - 26963|
|Game Time - 2:49|
|Temperature - 93|
|Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Jim Wolf|