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SEATTLE -- Rob Johnson kicked the dirt in frustration. He had just missed getting a bunt down in a key situation with the go-ahead run on first.

Now his at bat seemed like a failure before it was over.

The bunt sign was taken off and Johnson, who had been hitting .199, swung away for a tiebreaking, two-run homer that lifted the Seattle Mariners to a 4-1 victory Saturday night over the Texas Rangers.

"I was asked to do a job and I didn't get the bunt down," said Johnson. "I tried to bunt a slider in the dirt and I was pretty upset at myself. They call on you to do a job and you want to do it."

The rookie catcher's first homer this season and second of his career came off Kevin Millwood (8-7), who pitched six solid innings, but couldn't retire any of the three batters he faced in the seventh.

Ichiro Suzuki added an RBI single later in the inning and Russell Branyan hit his 22nd home run in the third.

 A's send Hannahan to Mariners for Souza

Jarrod Washburn (6-6) gave up a run on Ian Kinsler's double in the third, and allowed only four hits in seven innings.

"It couldn't happen to a better guy," Washburn said. "He works hard behind the plate. He takes a lot of pride in everything he does back there but I know his offensive side has frustrated him a little bit. It's good to see him get that big hit."

David Aardsma finished the ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances.

"We had the bunt on and then took it off," manager Don Wakamatsu said. "He goes deep and after he hit it I asked him if that was his first one and he said no. And he abruptly reminded me that he hit one in Oakland last year" [where Wakamatsu was the bench coach].

"So I had to laugh at that."

Millwood was charged with all four runs on six hits in six-plus innings.

The Rangers had a chance to score in the seventh inning after Marlon Byrd reached on a throwing error by shortstop Cedeno.

After Nelson Cruz's liner fell at the feet of center fielder Franklin Gutierrez, Byrd broke back toward first, apparently thinking the ball had been caught, and he couldn't scramble to second before Gutierrez's throw.

Byrd, who was stealing on the play, said he couldn't find the ball off the bat.

"I saw Gutierrez coming in and wasn't sure if he would catch the ball or not cause I still couldn't find the ball," he said. "I hit the bag and thought he would catch it and tried to go back to first. ... It ended up dropping in front of him and the force play is back in order."

Manager Ron Washington came out to argue, to no avail, and then Jarrod Saltalamacchia crushed a lineout to second baseman Jose Lopez.

"If he stays at second base and Salty comes up and hits the same ball that he hit, we got a run with runners on first and third," Washington said.

Notes

3B Jack Hannahan, acquired in a trade with Oakland for minor league pitcher Justin Souza, learned about it at 9:30 Saturday morning. He was in Fresno but managed get to Seattle by 5 p.m. and was in the lineup. To make room, the club sent RHP Brandon Morrow to Triple-A Tacoma. I wasn't expecting it," Morrow said. I understand the situation. They need a roster spot. Ill go down to Tacoma knowing there are no promises when Ill come back. Well need a starter on the 25th, and well see what happens." ... OF David Murphy missed his second game with a strained finger on his right hand. Asked who could use the three-day All-Star break the most, Washington said Kinsler. I don't think that kid has ever been this tired," he said. ... Since Andruw Jones hit three consecutive home runs July 8 against the Angels, he has gone 0 for 13.
 
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Players of the Game
Seattle

R. Johnson
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Seattle

J. Washburn
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 3
 

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Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B4011000 .253
Michael Young, 3B4000003 .311
Josh Hamilton, CF4010021 .248
Andruw Jones, DH4000011 .234
Hank Blalock, 1B4000020 .256
Marlon Byrd, LF4020000 .286
Nelson Cruz, RF4000012 .263
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C3010001 .244
Elvis Andrus, SS1100201 .258
Totals3215126  
Batting
2B - Ian Kinsler (19, Washburn), Marlon Byrd (28, Aardsma), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (11, Washburn)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (55)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Andrus-Kinsler-Blalock
E - Hank Blalock (3, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Kevin Millwood (L,8-7) 6644252 3.46
Eddie Guardado 1100100 4.21
Jason Grilli 1000000 4.26
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 114-70, Eddie Guardado 18-11, Jason Grilli 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 10-3, Eddie Guardado 2-0, Jason Grilli 1-2
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 26, Eddie Guardado 4, Jason Grilli 3
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4011010 .361
Russell Branyan, 1B3111111 .284
Jose Lopez, 2B3010101 .256
Ken Griffey Jr., DH4000011 .220
Franklin Gutierrez, CF4000003 .292
Ryan Langerhans, LF3110110 .242
Rob Johnson, C3112001 .201
Jack Hannahan, 3B3110010 .197
Ronny Cedeno, SS2010000 .157
Totals2947435  
Batting
2B - Jack Hannahan (7, Millwood)
HR - Russell Branyan (22, Millwood), Rob Johnson (1, Millwood)
SH - Ronny Cedeno (8)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (23), Russell Branyan (48), Rob Johnson 2 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Russell Branyan (10)
SB - Ronny Cedeno (3, 2nd base off Millwood/Saltalamacchia)
CS - Ichiro Suzuki (6, 2nd base by Guardado/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Franklin Gutierrez 1, Ryan Langerhans 1
E - Ronny Cedeno (4, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
Jarrod Washburn (W,6-6) 7411230 2.96
Mark Lowe (H,12) 1000010 3.32
David Aardsma (S,19) 1100020 2.01
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 93-58, Mark Lowe 12-9, David Aardsma 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 9-9, Mark Lowe 2-0, David Aardsma 1-0
Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 27, Mark Lowe 3, David Aardsma 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30698
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Charlie Reliford, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Dan Iassogna