Seattle at Texas

W: Y. Medina (4-3) L: J. Nathan (3-2) S: D. Farquhar (7)
HR: SEA - None   TEX - None

Seager hits RBI double in ninth, M's down Rangers wire reports

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Down 0-2 with two outs in the ninth against Texas closer Joe Nathan, Seattle's Kyle Seager couldn't afford to be choosy.

Throwing caution to the wind, he took a pitch that was nearly in the dirt down the right field line for a game-winning RBI double in the Mariners' 4-3 win over the Rangers on Saturday.

"We have other hitters here, but when the game's on the line like that, it's Kyle Seager," Mariners acting manager Robby Thompson said. "He went down and got the ball. He's a great grinder and battler."

The Mariners took two of three from AL West-leading Texas. They scored three runs in 7 1/3 innings against Rangers ace Yu Darvish in the series finale.

Seager took a leadoff four-pitch walk and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth, and that two-out RBI double off Nathan won the game for the Mariners in the ninth.

Until an eighth inning, go-ahead home run against Texas on Friday, Seager had been 0 for 21, but he finished the weekend against Texas going 4 for 9 with a walk, two home runs, two doubles and four RBI.

"I got ahead of Seager and made a pitch," Nathan said. "He hit a pitch that was probably going to be in the dirt if he didn't scoop it out of the ground before it got there. Hats off to him. Again he found a way to find the outfield grass when he needed it on a pitch that out of my hand felt pretty good. I'll take my chance with those."

Nathan (3-2) took over to begin the ninth with the score 3-all. Endy Chavez led off with a single, Humberto Quintero laid down a sacrifice bunt and Nick Franklin drew a two-out walk before Seager's go-ahead hit.

Yoervis Medina (4-3) got the win and Danny Farquhar earned his seventh save in 10 tries. Starter Erasmo Ramirez had a solid outing, pitching seven innings and giving up two runs, one earned while taking the no-decision.

The Mariners won for only the eighth time in 21 games. Each team scored single runs in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings before Seattle won it. The Mariners lead-off man reached base in each of the last five innings.

"The leadoff guy -- it's his job [to get on base]," said Michael Saunders, who got hits his first three at-bats, all against Darvish. "We were doing that job today. Then we came up with clutch hits, especially with two outs."

Saunders had a leadoff single and then scored in the fifth, and he had an RBI double in the sixth that scored Franklin

Darvish was coming off a start in which he struck out a career-high 15 and took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning against Houston.

The two-time All-Star from Japan struck out seven, raising his major league-leading total to 214.

"In many games I have trouble with my command in any inning I throw, but today it happened after the sixth inning," Darvish said through a translator. Darvish retired 12 of the first 14 batters he faced and gave up five of his seven hits and all four of his walks after the fourth. Darvish left after throwing 120 pitches. He walked four after walking a total of four in his previous three August starts.


The Rangers expect to announce on Monday who will start Tuesday's game against the Houston Astros. After it was announced that Alexi Ogando would miss his start on Monday due to inflammation around a nerve in his right shoulder, Matt Garza was bumped up in the rotation from Tuesday to Monday. Ross Wolf, a long reliever for Texas, is among the candidates to get the call. He said Sunday that "if needed, yeah, I can give them all I've got, and all I've got may be 70 pitches.". Rangers first baseman Lance Berkman's status remains up in the air. Berkman has been on the disabled list (left hip inflammation) since July 7. Rangers manager Ron Washington said the team hasn't "come up with anything yet" regarding Berkman.. Seattle left fielder Raul Ibanez got the day off to rest. Dustin Ackley moved to left field while Michael Saunders played center field. Also, Michael Morse was out of the lineup, giving Chavez the start in right.

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Michael Saunders leads the Mariners in hits with three, including an RBI double in the sixth inning. (USATSI)
Michael Saunders leads the Mariners in hits with three, including an RBI double in the sixth inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game

M. Saunders
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0

C. Gentry
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 0

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Seattle Mariners
Brad Miller, SS5000013 .249
Nick Franklin, 2B3100222 .236
Kyle Seager, 3B4111101 .285
Kendrys Morales, DH4010111 .289
Justin Smoak, 1B4000125 .270
Michael Saunders, CF-RF4131002 .231
Dustin Ackley, LF-CF4021013 .239
Endy Chavez, RF3111100 .271
Humberto Quintero, C3020011 .262
2B - Kyle Seager (28, Nathan), Michael Saunders (15, Darvish)
SH - Humberto Quintero (1)
RBI - Kyle Seager (59), Michael Saunders (39), Dustin Ackley (19), Endy Chavez (14)
2-OUT RBI - Kyle Seager (19), Michael Saunders (11), Dustin Ackley (7)
SB - Michael Saunders (12, 3rd base off Darvish/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Seager-Franklin-Smoak
E - Humberto Quintero (5, Throwing), Kyle Seager (12, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Erasmo Ramirez 7421120 5.94
Yoervis Medina (W,4-3; BS,2) 1111110 2.61
Danny Farquhar (S,7) 1000000 4.91
Pitches-Strikes - Erasmo Ramirez 102-66, Yoervis Medina 23-14, Danny Farquhar 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erasmo Ramirez 13-6, Yoervis Medina 1-0
Batters Faced - Erasmo Ramirez 26, Yoervis Medina 4, Danny Farquhar 3
Texas Rangers
Craig Gentry, CF-LF3210100 .250
Elvis Andrus, DH4011012 .254
Ian Kinsler, 2B3000121 .266
Adrian Beltre, 3B4011001 .326
A.J. Pierzynski, C4110001 .277
Alex Rios, RF4000001 .276
Mitch Moreland, 1B2001000 .244
Jurickson Profar, SS3010000 .243
David Murphy, LF3000001 .224
2B - Elvis Andrus (14, Medina), A.J. Pierzynski (16, Ramirez)
SF - Mitch Moreland (6)
RBI - Elvis Andrus (42), Adrian Beltre (75), Mitch Moreland (48)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Beltre (35)
SB - Craig Gentry (14, 3rd base off Ramirez/Quintero)
CS - Elvis Andrus (5, 3rd base by Medina/Quintero)
Team LOB - 3
Outfield Assists - Craig Gentry 1
DP - Profar-Kinsler-Moreland
Texas Rangers
Yu Darvish 7.1733470 2.68
Robbie Ross 0.2100000 2.90
Joe Nathan (L,3-2) 1211210 1.63
IBB - Morales by Joe Nathan
WP - Yu Darvish (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Yu Darvish 120-73, Robbie Ross 7-5, Joe Nathan 25-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yu Darvish 7-7, Joe Nathan 1-1
Batters Faced - Yu Darvish 32, Robbie Ross 2, Joe Nathan 7
Game Information
Attendance - 40832
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana DeMuth