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Cairo's two-out, RBI single in 12th helps M's avoid Rangers sweep

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- With Jarrod Washburn in the closer's role and Miguel Cairo filling in for a suspended slugger, the Seattle Mariners avoided a sweep.

Cairo had a two-out RBI single in the 12th inning, then Washburn finished for his first career save as the Mariners beat Texas 4-3 on Wednesday for only their third victory in 15 games.

"These guys just gutted it out. It's a big game on a lot of fronts," manager John McLaren said. "This is a big win. I can't overstate it. We're trying to get something going on the positive side."

Seattle, which trailed 2-0 after the first inning, matched its biggest comeback of the season. The Mariners took advantage of a pair of fielding miscues in the seventh to score two unearned runs, and kept Texas from having a chance to win in the ninth when Cairo ignited a double play.

Cairo started at first base for Richie Sexson, who missed the entire series while serving the completion of a five-game suspension after he charged the mound and flung his helmet at Texas pitcher Kason Gabbard to start a bench-clearing incident in Seattle last week. This series was completed without incident, and Sexson can play Friday.

"It's nice to help the team win," Cairo said. "That's my job. When they need me to play for someone and help out, that's what I'm ready to do."

Wladimir Balentien led off the 12th with a single off Franklyn German (1-2), and Yuniesky Betancourt sacrificed. Balentien moved to third on a deep flyout by Ichiro Suzuki, who went 0-for-6 and ended a 13-game hitting streak. Cairo then singled up the middle.

J.J. Putz (1-1), the regular closer, worked two scoreless innings before Washburn made his first relief appearance since 1999, and only his 11th in 265 games over 11 major league seasons.

"That job is securely in hand with J.J. I'm not taking his job," said Washburn, the eighth pitcher used by Seattle. "Whatever works. We needed a win right now. ... When we started going through guys, I knew it was definitely a possibility."

Washburn was listed as Friday's scheduled starter against San Diego, but McLaren said afterward that he'd already planned to skip the left-hander's turn in the rotation.

"Cairo was big in this game," McLaren said. "He came up with the big hit and started a huge double play."

After Jarrod Saltalamacchia drew a leadoff walk in the Texas ninth, Chris Shelton tried to advance him with a bunt, But Cairo fielded it and threw to Betancourt to start a 3-6-4 double play. German Duran then struck out.

Texas (20-22) clinched its sixth consecutive series by winning the first two games against Seattle, but missed the chance for its first three-game sweep of the season. The Rangers have won 13 of 19 games.

"We're still playing good baseball," Michael Young said.

David Murphy went 4-for-5 for the Rangers, including a one-out single in the 11th against Putz. But Putz escaped with two strikeouts, which sandwiched an intentional walk after he threw a wild pitch that allowed Murphy to get to second base.

Arthur Rhodes got Seattle out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh when he coaxed pinch-hitter Marlon Byrd into an inning-ending double play that kept the Mariners ahead. The big left-hander struck out Ian Kinsler, the only other batter he faced, to start the eighth but other relievers faltered around him.

Carlos Silva overcame a sluggish start to retire 17 of his last 19 batters before leaving with one out in the seventh because of tightness in his lower back. Brandon Morrow then loaded the bases by walking the only two batters he faced.

After Rhodes left, Sean Green allowed singles to his only two batters. The first was pinch-hitter Gerald Laird, who scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Josh Hamilton for his majors-best 44th RBI.

In the Seattle seventh, Jose Lopez reached on a throwing error by third baseman Ramon Vazquez. Jeff Clement then hit a flyball to center that was misplayed by Hamilton, who initially took a step in and quickly realized the ball was over his head. It rolled to the wall for Clement's first career triple, and Betancourt doubled with two outs for a 3-2 lead.

"All that did was give them the opportunity to win," manager Ron Washington said. "Physical mistakes are part of the game. We got back in it, so I don't feel like we gave the game away."

Notes

  • Rangers 3B Hank Blalock, out since April 29 with a torn left hamstring, had a pregame workout on the field. "He did well," Washington said. "What I put him through today, the hamstring is fine." Blalock is scheduled to play a rehabilitation game Thursday for Double-A Frisco. He could rejoin the Rangers this weekend.
  • The Rangers had three doubles in the first to take a 2-0 lead.
 
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Ichiro makes a diving catch, but has his 13-game hitting streak snapped with an 0-for-6 outing.  (AP)
Ichiro makes a diving catch, but has his 13-game hitting streak snapped with an 0-for-6 outing. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

J. Clement
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Texas

D. Murphy
AB 5
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF6000003 .271
Miguel Cairo, 1B6021010 .188
Adrian Beltre, 3B6010011 .248
Raul Ibanez, LF4110112 .299
Jose Lopez, 2B5111001 .315
Jeff Clement, C4121011 .182
    Willie Bloomquist, PR0000000 .156
    Jamie Burke, C1000000 .136
Kenji Johjima, DH5010002 .227
Wladimir Balentien, RF5110023 .222
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4011002 .257
Totals46410416  
Batting
2B - Jose Lopez (10, Feldman), Jeff Clement (2, Wilson), Kenji Johjima (6, Feldman), Yuniesky Betancourt (10, Feldman)
3B - Jeff Clement (1, Feldman)
SH - Yuniesky Betancourt (1)
RBI - Miguel Cairo (4), Jose Lopez (21), Jeff Clement (1), Yuniesky Betancourt (13)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cairo (2), Jose Lopez (6), Yuniesky Betancourt (4)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Betancourt-J. Lopez-Cairo, Cairo-Betancourt-J. Lopez
Seattle Mariners
Carlos Silva 6.1522040 4.17
Brandon Morrow0000200 2.08
Arthur Rhodes (H,3) 1000010 3.00
Sean Green0211000 2.01
Ryan Rowland-Smith (BS,1) 0.2100100 3.44
Mark Lowe 1000010 4.20
J.J. Putz (W,1-1) 2100120 4.50
Jarrod Washburn (S,1) 1000100 5.56
IBB - Saltalamacchia by J.J. Putz
WP - J.J. Putz (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 88-59, Brandon Morrow 15-7, Arthur Rhodes 8-7, Sean Green 4-3, Ryan Rowland-Smith 19-10, Mark Lowe 6-4, J.J. Putz 36-18, Jarrod Washburn 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 6-9, Arthur Rhodes 1-0, Mark Lowe 1-0, J.J. Putz 1-3, Jarrod Washburn 2-1
Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 24, Brandon Morrow 2, Arthur Rhodes 2, Sean Green 2, Ryan Rowland-Smith 4, Mark Lowe 2, J.J. Putz 8, Jarrod Washburn 4
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B6000021 .298
Frank Catalanotto, DH3110010 .256
   a- Gerald Laird, PH-DH2110100 .279
Michael Young, SS6121001 .288
Josh Hamilton, CF4001001 .293
David Murphy, RF5041000 .277
Brandon Boggs, LF5000025 .271
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C2000300 .194
Chris Shelton, 1B4010113 .182
Ramon Vazquez, 3B2000011 .333
   b- Marlon Byrd, PH1000001 .125
    German Duran, 3B2000010 .174
Totals4239358  
a-singled for Catalanotto in the 8th
b-grounded into a double play for Vazquez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Frank Catalanotto (7, Silva), Michael Young (11, Silva), David Murphy 2 (15, Silva, Silva), Chris Shelton (2, Silva)
SF - Josh Hamilton (6)
RBI - Michael Young (20), Josh Hamilton (44), David Murphy (23)
2-OUT RBI - David Murphy (12)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Ramon Vazquez (5, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Scott Feldman 7631040 3.45
Doug Mathis 1000120 0.00
C.J. Wilson 1100000 5.09
Jamey Wright 1100000 3.38
Eddie Guardado 1000000 4.82
Franklyn German (L,1-2) 1211000 2.04
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 99-64, Doug Mathis 15-9, C.J. Wilson 12-10, Jamey Wright 17-11, Eddie Guardado 12-7, Franklyn German 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 16-2, C.J. Wilson 2-1, Jamey Wright 1-2, Eddie Guardado 2-1, Franklyn German 2-1
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 28, Doug Mathis 4, C.J. Wilson 4, Jamey Wright 4, Eddie Guardado 3, Franklyn German 5
Game Information
Attendance - 22934
Game Time - 3:45
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom