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SEATTLE -- In his first full major league game, Leury Garcia didn't look like a rookie even in the midst of a wacky play.
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The ball hit the heel of the first baseman's glove, bounced out and Garcia broke for home. Smoak grabbed the ball and threw to second for the forceout. While Ian Kinsler got caught between second and third and was tagged out by third baseman Kyle Seager for an inning-ending double play, Garcia managed to cross the plate with the tying run.
"For the first time out there, he didn't show any nerves," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "He had a good game."
"I saw the line drive, so it was like a freeze," said Garcia, limited to one pinch-hit at-bat coming in. "And then I saw him drop it and -- gone."
Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan already had booted a potential double-play ball earlier in the sixth. Smoak said Beltre, who was intentionally walked to load the bases, momentarily blocked his view.
"I should have caught the ball, first of all, but Beltre coming back to the bag kind of blinded me," Smoak said. "It happened so quick, I just threw it to second."
It was the only run the Rangers got off of Mariners starter Joe Saunders, who didn't get a decision. He allowed one run -- unearned -- and three hits in seven innings and is 7-0 with a 1.71 ERA in 11 starts at Safeco Fiel.
Carter Capps (0-1) walked Craig Gentry leading off the eighth and then got two outs before Andrus broke the tie with a hit to right field. Andrus stole second and kept going to third when Capps' pitch went to the backstop for a wild pitch, and he scored on Beltre's single.
"It's been like that. We haven't been swinging the bat the way we've wanted lately," Beltre said. "The key to us has been the pitching staff keeping us in the game. ... We hang around for a couple innings, then we score one or two and that's it, that's all we need."
Jason Bay had two hits and an RBI for the Mariners, who have lost four of five.
Seattle also took advantage of a ball deflecting off a fielder's glove for its first run. Kelly Shoppach led off with a double down the left-field line that bounced over the outfield fence and went to third on Dustin Ackley's single. With one out, Endy Chavez popped up to left, but it was too shallow for Shoppach to attempt to score.
Bay followed with a liner to center that hit Gentry's glove as he dived. The ball bounced off, allowing Shoppach to score the game's first run.
Texas would have liked to have made more of its sixth-inning bases-loaded opportunity, but the Rangers were pleased in the end.
"You have to be happy every time you take something, to be sure," Andrus said. "We tied the game and we kept ourselves close and we were able to cash out."
|Elvis Andrus puts the Rangers ahead to stay with an RBI single in the eighth inning. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ian Kinsler, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.292|
|Elvis Andrus, DH||3||1||1||1||0||0||0||.244|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||3||0||1||1||1||0||0||.239|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.304|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.342|
|Jeff Baker, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Mitch Moreland, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.179|
|David Murphy, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.152|
|Craig Gentry, CF||2||1||0||0||1||1||1||.250|
|Leury Garcia, SS||2||1||1||0||1||0||0||.333|
|SH - Elvis Andrus (2)|
|RBI - Elvis Andrus (7), Adrian Beltre (4), Nelson Cruz (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Elvis Andrus (4), Adrian Beltre (3)|
|SB - Elvis Andrus (3, 3rd base off Capps/Shoppach)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Joe Ortiz (W,2-0)||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.04|
|Joe Nathan (S,4)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Alexi Ogando 98-63, Robbie Ross 31-20, Joe Ortiz 22-14, Joe Nathan 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alexi Ogando 4-6, Robbie Ross 1-2, Joe Ortiz 2-4, Joe Nathan 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Alexi Ogando 21, Robbie Ross 5, Joe Ortiz 7, Joe Nathan 3|
|Endy Chavez, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.250|
|Jason Bay, RF||4||0||2||1||0||1||1||.238|
|Kendrys Morales, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.262|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.185|
|Justin Smoak, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.182|
|Kyle Seager, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.178|
|Kelly Shoppach, C||3||1||1||0||1||1||2||.467|
|Dustin Ackley, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||4||.108|
|Brendan Ryan, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.200|
|2B - Kelly Shoppach (2, Ogando)|
|RBI - Jason Bay (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jason Bay (2)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Ackley-Ryan-Smoak, Smoak-Ryan-Seager|
|E - Brendan Ryan (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Carter Capps (L,0-1)||1||2||2||2||1||1||0||7.71|
|IBB - Beltre by Joe Saunders|
|WP - Carter Capps (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 91-55, Carter Capps 27-16, Oliver Perez 11-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 11-7, Carter Capps 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 25, Carter Capps 6, Oliver Perez 3|
|Attendance - 23461|
|Game Time - 2:55|
|Temperature - 46|
|Umpires - Home - Clint Fagan, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman|