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Saltalamacchia's grand slam in 10th secures Rangers' win over M's

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SEATTLE -- Previously struggling Vicente Padilla baffled Seattle with perhaps the best no-decision in Texas history. Seattle's Erik Bedard matched Padilla with continual escapes from Rangers rallies.

Ultimately, all of that mattered less than a cruel, painful twist to a relatively unknown rookie.

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Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a grand slam that capped a six-run burst with two outs in the 10th inning off emergency fill-in Denny Stark, and the surging Rangers took advantage of a sudden injury to Seattle reliever Shawn Kelley to beat the depleted, first-place Mariners 7-2 Tuesday.

"I think they played so many extra-inning games with Oakland [last weekend] their bullpen was a little tired," Texas manager Ron Washington said after his team's season-high fourth straight win.

"Thank god."

The 25-year-old Kelley, whom Texas hitters had never seen, entered to begin the 10th. He threw three pitches to Elvis Andrus and then fell in pain as if he was shot, from a strained muscle on his left side. A trainer immediately rushed to the mound and escorted Kelley to the clubhouse -- and likely onto the disabled list.

Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said Kelley, who has a 1.54 ERA in 10 games less nine months after being at Double A, was being considered to finish games until closer Brandon Morrow returns from the disabled list this weekend.

"We felt good -- and then all of a sudden he pulls an oblique," Wakamatsu said of Kelly. "It's pretty devastating."

Stark, pitching in the major leagues this week for the first time in five years, was summoned on no notice and retired the first two batters before the Rangers broke loose.

"A tough situation for Stark to come in there," Wakamatsu said, understating the challenge of Stark's third outing in three days.

Until this week, the 34-year-old had none in the major leagues since July 2004, following two ligament replacement surgeries in his elbow. As Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik phoned Wakamatsu in the dugout asking about Kelley, Stark got two fly outs before singles by Andruw Jones and Hank Blalock.

Then Byrd, who had lost 100 points on his batting average in two weeks to get down to .317 entering the game, waited on a changeup and singled home pinch-runner David Murphy.

Cruz made it 3-1 with another single before Saltalamacchia hit Stark's seventh pitch for his second career slam.

"I saw Stark pitching yesterday, so I had a better idea what was coming," Jones said. "We took advantage of it."

Padilla allowed one hit and one unearned run in eight innings. Mixing 61 mph floaters with 94 mph fastballs, he did not allow a hit until two outs into the fifth when Wladimir Balentien singled.

Washington had insisted Padilla was not a weak link despite a 7.43 ERA. Then Padilla struck out four and walked one, becoming the first pitcher in Texas history throw eight innings, allow one hit or fewer and get a no-decision.

"I'm happy because we won the game. ... There's no problem with that," Padilla said through an interpreter, shrugging his shoulders and smiling.

Darren O'Day (1-0) allowed his first run of the season in the 10th before Frank Francisco finished.

Cruz hit starter Bedard's first-pitch fastball with one out in the seventh off the facing of the second deck far beyond left field to tie it at 1. His seventh homer run of the season was the 47th for the Rangers, tops by far in the major leagues.

Bedard allowed seven hits and struck out seven in seven innings. The Rangers said he mixed them up by throwing breaking balls earlier in counts and saving fastballs for later.

Notes

  • Rangers All-Star Josh Hamilton, the AL RBI leader in 2008, said he felt great a day after testing his strained left rib cage with throwing -- so good, he unexpectedly threw again Tuesday. He said barring a setback, he should return when he becomes eligible to leave the DL next Tuesday. He said he now feels only tightness instead of pain in his side.
  • Padilla is 2-0 with a 0.34 ERA in his last four starts at Seattle.
  • Stark got his first decision since July 19, 2004, for Colorado when he lost to San Diego as a starter. He didn't pitch again in the majors until Sunday.
 
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Jarrod Saltalamacchia puts the game out of reach by connecting on a 10th-inning grand slam. (AP)
Jarrod Saltalamacchia puts the game out of reach by connecting on a 10th-inning grand slam. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

J. Saltalamacchia
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Texas

N. Cruz
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B6020013 .321
Elvis Andrus, SS5000023 .264
Michael Young, 3B5030000 .336
Andruw Jones, LF5020004 .341
    David Murphy, PR-LF0100000 .179
Hank Blalock, DH5120013 .266
Marlon Byrd, CF5121001 .322
Nelson Cruz, RF5232011 .299
Chris Davis, 1B4100132 .193
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4124111 .275
Totals44716729  
Batting
2B - Michael Young (10, Lowe), Marlon Byrd (9, Bedard)
HR - Nelson Cruz (7, Bedard), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3, Stark)
RBI - Marlon Byrd (16), Nelson Cruz 2 (20), Jarrod Saltalamacchia 4 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Marlon Byrd (6), Nelson Cruz (8), Jarrod Saltalamacchia 4 (8)
CS - Michael Young (1, 2nd base by Bedard/Johnson)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Young-Kinsler-Davis, Kinsler-Andrus-Davis, Young-Kinsler-Davis
E - Ian Kinsler (2, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Vicente Padilla 8110340 5.71
Darren O'Day (W,1-0) 1.1211010 1.04
Frank Francisco 0.2000110 0.00
HBP - Gutierrez (by Vicente Padilla)
Pitches-Strikes - Vicente Padilla 102-66, Darren O'Day 24-15, Frank Francisco 13-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vicente Padilla 14-4, Darren O'Day 3-0
Batters Faced - Vicente Padilla 27, Darren O'Day 6, Frank Francisco 3
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF2000200 .291
Jose Lopez, 2B4000011 .260
Mike Sweeney, DH4000001 .268
Russell Branyan, 1B3110110 .321
Adrian Beltre, 3B4011011 .209
Wladimir Balentien, LF4010001 .342
Rob Johnson, C3000101 .216
Franklin Gutierrez, CF3100022 .291
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4000013 .286
Totals3123146  
Batting
2B - Russell Branyan (6, O'Day), Adrian Beltre (8, O'Day)
RBI - Adrian Beltre (11)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Wladimir Balentien 1
Seattle Mariners
Erik Bedard 7711071 2.37
Mark Lowe 1200010 3.86
David Aardsma 1200110 2.19
Shawn Kelley0000000 1.54
Denny Stark (L,0-1) 1566101 20.25
Pitches-Strikes - Erik Bedard 102-72, Mark Lowe 10-8, David Aardsma 24-11, Denny Stark 39-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 4-9, David Aardsma 1-1, Denny Stark 1-2
Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 27, Mark Lowe 4, David Aardsma 6, Denny Stark 9
Game Information
Attendance - 19810
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 50
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Bill Hohn, Second Base - Casey Moser, Third Base - Rob Drake