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Brawl mars Rangers' third consecutive victory against Mariners

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SEATTLE -- Kason Gabbard threw an eye-high pitch at Richie Sexson. That was it for the Mariners 6-foot-8 first baseman.

He charged the mound, sparking a fourth-inning brawl in Texas' 5-0 victory against Seattle on Wednesday night.

"I'm 6-foot-8. He can hit corners at will," Sexson said. "Six-eight and all of a sudden he's up that high? I'm a huge target. How hard is it to hit me? Hit me in the back or thigh. Up near my face is no good.

"I've been in the game a long time. I've been hit on purpose before. But it's been the right way. You go to first. It's part of the game. You know how it works."

Ian Kinsler hit a two-run home run and then got hit by a pitch, setting up the fourth-inning scuffle.

When Sexson charged the mound, he flung his helmet at the 6-foot-3 Rangers starter. Both benches cleared, but no punches were thrown. Sexson was ejected.

"If you look at the replay, Gabbard was nowhere near Sexson's head," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I guess he was a little frustrated and things got out of control.

"Sexson overreacted. If we wanted to hit him, we would have hit him. He caused the melee, not us."

Gabbard was not ejected, but was removed two batters later with what appeared to be a leg injury and relieved by Franklyn German (1-0), who pitched 1 2/3 innings.

Gabbard, who had recently come off the disabled list gave up only two hits in 3 2/3 innings. He and German combined with Jamey Wright, Eddie Guardado and Frank Francisco to shut out the Mariners for the second successive night after a 2-0 victory on Wednesday. Seattle hasn't scored in 22 consecutive innings.

"I'm sure it all came to a head right there," Sexson said. "It's no secret we haven't scored any runs for a while. It's no secret we haven't lived up to our potential for a while."

Washington's main objection to Sexson's charge was that Sexson threw his helmet, hitting him in the back before pouncing.

"I thought that was bull," Washington said. "How tall is he, 6-13? Then you go out there on a little guy and throw a helmet?"

Felix Hernandez (2-3) struggled with his control through five innings, allowing four walks and six hits.

Hernandez was among the more animated players during the melee. He had to be restrained by three players, including Guardado, a former Mariner.

"It was the heat of the moment. Things happen like that. I was just trying to be a peacemaker. I'm too old to be throwing punches at anybody," Guardado said. "It was kind of fun, 'cause you get the blood going. Now you play some good baseball."

Notes

  • Ramon Vazquez had four hits, including a sixth-inning RBI double.
  • Seattle OF Brad Wilkerson, designated for assignment on April 30, was given his unconditional release Thursday.
  • Mariners DH Jose Vidro missed his third consecutive game with back spasms. "He's feeling better but he's not even close to 100 percent," manager John McLaren said. "We're just taking it day by day."
  • Rangers SS Michael Young, who left the game Wednesday in the bottom of the first because of injury to his left hip flexor, was held out.
  • Before the game, Gabbard and infielder Travis Metcalf were taken off the DL. LHP A.J. Murray was optioned back to Class AAA Oklahoma City and 1B Ben Broussard was designated for assignment.
 
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Richie Sexson takes exception to Kason Gabbard's high fastball in the fourth inning. (AP)
Richie Sexson takes exception to Kason Gabbard's high fastball in the fourth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

I. Kinsler
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Texas

R. Vazquez
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B4122001 .291
Ramon Vazquez, SS5141011 .309
Josh Hamilton, CF4100134 .284
Milton Bradley, DH3000111 .306
David Murphy, RF3001020 .265
Brandon Boggs, LF3021100 .343
Frank Catalanotto, 1B3000014 .260
   a- Chris Shelton, PH-1B1010000 .105
Gerald Laird, C3210011 .268
German Duran, 3B4000022 .200
Totals335105311  
a-singled for Catalanotto in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ian Kinsler (8, Lowe), Ramon Vazquez (3, Hernandez), Gerald Laird (4, Rowland-Smith)
HR - Ian Kinsler (3, Hernandez)
SF - David Murphy (4)
RBI - Ian Kinsler 2 (16), Ramon Vazquez (4), David Murphy (22), Brandon Boggs (5)
2-OUT RBI - Ramon Vazquez (1), Brandon Boggs (2)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Gabbard-Vazquez-Catalanotto, Duran-Kinsler-Catalanotto
E - Ramon Vazquez (2, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Kason Gabbard 3.2200410 1.85
Franklyn German (W,1-0) 1.2100030 0.56
Jamey Wright 2000010 3.66
Eddie Guardado 0.2000000 3.18
Frank Francisco 1100010 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Kason Gabbard 63-33, Franklyn German 36-23, Jamey Wright 17-12, Eddie Guardado 8-6, Frank Francisco 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kason Gabbard 5-3, Franklyn German 1-1, Jamey Wright 4-1, Eddie Guardado 2-0
Batters Faced - Kason Gabbard 15, Franklyn German 6, Jamey Wright 6, Eddie Guardado 2, Frank Francisco 4
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF4010022 .282
Jose Lopez, DH4010003 .291
Raul Ibanez, LF4000021 .291
Adrian Beltre, 3B4000001 .254
Richie Sexson, 1B0000100 .209
   a- Miguel Cairo, PH-1B2010101 .067
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4010002 .268
Wladimir Balentien, RF2000102 .233
Kenji Johjima, C3000011 .184
Willie Bloomquist, 2B2000110 .172
Totals2904046  
a-walked for Sexson in the 4th
Batting
2B - Jose Lopez (7, German)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Raul Ibanez 1
DP - Bloomquist-Betancourt-Sexson, Beltre-Bloomquist-Cairo
Seattle Mariners
Felix Hernandez (L,2-3) 5644351 3.42
Ryan Rowland-Smith 3311030 4.30
Mark Lowe 1100030 3.75
HBP - Laird (by Felix Hernandez), Kinsler (by Felix Hernandez)
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 112-70, Ryan Rowland-Smith 34-24, Mark Lowe 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 4-5, Ryan Rowland-Smith 1-3
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 25, Ryan Rowland-Smith 10, Mark Lowe 4
Game Information
Attendance - 22922
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 54
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Rick Reed, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Mark Wegner