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Rain ends game with three outs to go, M's drop Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ichiro Suzuki showed Saturday night that the pressure of chasing another milestone may not be bothering him much after all.

Suzuki had two hits to move within two of a record ninth-straight 200-hit season, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 8-3 in a game called by rain with three outs remaining.

The Japanese star, who set the single-season hit mark with 262 in 2004, was mired in a 1-for-17 slump since getting his 2,000th career hit last Sunday.

Suzuki broke out of the funk by doubling in the first and homering in the third before going hitless in his last three at-bats. He shares the record with Willie Keeler, who had eight consecutive 200-hit seasons from 1984-1901.

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"Ichiro was unbelievable," Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said. "We talked about him feeling anxiety, but he didn't look like it tonight."

Ken Griffey Jr., Franklin Gutierrez and Jack Hannahan each had two RBI, and Brandon Morrow (1-4) pitched five innings to win for the first time since Sept. 26, 2008.

Julio Borbon homered and drove in three runs for the Rangers, who slipped three games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League wild-card race.

"We are still a confident team," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "You have to take the good with the bad."

There was a 17-minute rain delay before the game started. Rain picked up again in the seventh, but play continued.

On the final play of the game, Mariners shortstop Jack Wilson couldn't field a grounder in the muddy infield and Marlon Byrd nearly skidded past second on a slide.

The game was finally called after a delay of 1 hour, 6 minutes, officially snapping Seattle's five-game losing streak.

"I thought we did a heck of a job of playing it to make sure we got it in," Wakamatsu said. "It got to the point where somebody was going to get hurt. It was pretty bad. The field had taken so much water."

The rains that hit the Dallas-Fort Worth area this weekend haven't kept away the dozens of Japanese media members who are tracking Ichiro's pursuit of another record.

His translator told reporters before the game that Suzuki won't speak to the media until he gets his 200th hit.

The nine-time All-Star doubled to right on the first pitch of the game and scored on Griffey's single.

Leading off the third, Suzuki drove a 2-1 pitch from Kevin Millwood into the Rangers bullpen in right. It was Suzuki's ninth home run of the season.

"Right out the chute with a double down the line," Wakamatsu said. "It sets the tempo when he can do that right away. He does what he normally does. He sets a tone."

Morrow, who gave up five hits and three runs, made his first start since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday.

Three of Morrow's four losses this season have come to the Rangers. He lost July 10 to Texas in his last start before being sent to the minors.

"I wasn't as sharp as I wanted to be, but it was a crazy week," Morrow said. "I was a little anxious to get out there."

Griffey added an RBI double in the third to extend Seattle's advantage to 3-0.

After Borbon hit a two-run homer, Gutierrez answered with a two-run double in the fourth that put Seattle ahead 5-2.

Millwood (10-10) was removed after walking the next batter.

The Texas right-hander allowed eight hits and five runs in 3 2/3 innings. Since July 1, Millwood is 2-5 with a 6.29 ERA in 12 starts.

"It's a little frustrating," Millwood said. "I'm trying to do some things to get it straightened out. It's not working."

Rangers first baseman Chris Davis had his home run leading off the fifth overturned after an umpire review.

Gutierrez and Wakamatsu protested the call, prompting the review. Umpires ruled that Davis' shot hit the top of the wall in the center field.

Davis, who was awarded a double, eventually scored on Borbon's ground out.

Hannahan had a two-run double and Adrian Beltre chipped with an RBI single to cap the scoring.

Notes

  • Millwood needs 4 1/3 more innings to hit 180 for the season and guarantee a $12 million contract next year.
  • Wakamatsu, who lives outside of Fort Worth, had an opportunity to watch his son play in a high school football game Saturday. "I hadn't seen him play any sport since February, so it was nice." Wakamatsu said of his son, Jake. "He did a nice job."
 
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The M's Ichiro Suzuki moves within two hits from recording his ninth consecutive 200-hit season.  (AP)
The M's Ichiro Suzuki moves within two hits from recording his ninth consecutive 200-hit season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

J. Borbon
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Seattle

K. Griffey
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5221114 .355
Franklin Gutierrez, CF6012017 .279
Jose Lopez, 2B3210213 .271
Ken Griffey Jr., DH4132102 .221
Adrian Beltre, 3B5121002 .261
Bill Hall, LF5010023 .214
Jack Hannahan, 1B4122101 .217
Jack Wilson, SS5120002 .253
Rob Johnson, C4010115 .220
Totals41815866  
Batting
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (28, Millwood), Franklin Gutierrez (18, Millwood), Ken Griffey Jr. 2 (18, Millwood, Strop), Jack Hannahan (13, Nippert)
HR - Ichiro Suzuki (9, Millwood)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (38), Franklin Gutierrez 2 (60), Ken Griffey Jr. 2 (45), Adrian Beltre (34), Jack Hannahan 2 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Franklin Gutierrez 2 (25), Ken Griffey Jr. (14)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Hannahan-J. Wilson
E - Jack Wilson (12, Misplayed grounder(Game called due to rain))
Seattle Mariners
Brandon Morrow (W,1-4) 5533211 5.29
Shawn Kelley (H,6) 1000000 4.58
Mark Lowe 2000040 2.92
Randy Messenger0100000 4.91
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Morrow 80-45, Shawn Kelley 15-9, Mark Lowe 24-16, Randy Messenger 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Morrow 6-7, Mark Lowe 1-1, Randy Messenger 1-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Morrow 21, Shawn Kelley 3, Mark Lowe 6, Randy Messenger 2
Texas Rangers
Julio Borbon, DH4113010 .316
Elvis Andrus, SS4010010 .277
Ian Kinsler, 2B4010001 .258
Marlon Byrd, CF4020001 .289
Nelson Cruz, RF3000101 .269
David Murphy, LF3000002 .267
Ivan Rodriguez, C3000021 .253
Chris Davis, 1B2210110 .217
Esteban German, 3B3000002 .286
Totals3036325  
Batting
2B - Ian Kinsler (27, Morrow), Chris Davis (12, Morrow)
HR - Julio Borbon (4, Morrow)
RBI - Julio Borbon 3 (13)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Andrus-Davis
Texas Rangers
Kevin Millwood (L,10-10) 3.2855241 3.94
Dustin Nippert 2.1522110 3.95
Willie Eyre 1000100 2.70
Pedro Strop 1211110 11.25
Warner Madrigal 1000100 8.44
IBB - Suzuki by Willie Eyre
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 69-39, Dustin Nippert 42-29, Willie Eyre 12-4, Pedro Strop 19-10, Warner Madrigal 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 5-2, Dustin Nippert 2-4, Willie Eyre 2-1, Pedro Strop 1-0, Warner Madrigal 2-1
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 21, Dustin Nippert 13, Willie Eyre 4, Pedro Strop 5, Warner Madrigal 4
Game Information
Attendance - 22468
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - James Hoye