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Rangers edge Mariners on Farquar's balk in 10th inning

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SEATTLE -- Ian Kinsler did everything he could to lead the Texas Rangers to another victory. At the biggest moment of the game, all he had to do was stroll home.

Kinsler scored the go-ahead run on Danny Farquar's balk in the 10th inning, handing Texas a 4-3 victory against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

"Anytime you win a hard-fought game it adds to the confidence of your club and adds to the toughness of your club," Kinsler said.

Kinsler started the winning rally with one-out single against Farquar (0-2) for his fourth hit. He advanced on Adrian Beltre's single, and then swiped third. After A.J. Pierzynski fouled out, home plate umpire CB Bucknor called a balk on Farquar with Alex Rios at the plate, allowing Kinsler to come home.

"It was a balk. Very minor, but it was a balk," Farquar said. "I had to go back and look at the video to see it, because at the time I had no idea. It was the slightest flinch."

Texas manager Ron Washington gave Kinsler credit for noticing Farquar was using a high leg kick and then stealing third to be in position to score on the balk -- a violation which Washington didn't notice.

"I just saw CB yelling balk, and started smiling," Washington said.

Tanner Scheppers (6-2) wiggled out of a jam in the ninth to get the win and Joe Nathan finished for his 38th save in 40 chances as the AL West-leading Rangers won for the sixth time in eight games.

"Scheppers was dynamic tonight," Washington said. "He just overpowered them, and we certainly needed that right there."

A day after coming off the disabled list, Franklin Gutierrez homered for the first time since June 22 for Seattle, which has lost five straight.

All the runs prior to the odd 10th inning came when both starters ran into trouble early before setting down, turning a tie game over to the bullpens after six innings.

Texas starter Derek Holland allowed three runs and six hits, walked four and struck out five. The left-hander is unbeaten in his past six starts, with five no-decisions in that stretch.

Holland walked two of his first three batters, setting up Kendrys Morales' run-scoring double and Justin Smoak's sacrifice fly.

Holland credited Kinsler for coming over in the dugout after the first inning and helping get him back on track.

"Saying a few things to me to get me back in my groove and calm me down," Holland said. "I got a little frustrated, let my emotions eat me up a little bit but after that I felt like I settled down and got stronger as the game went on."

Mariners starter Hishashi Iwakuma struck out the side in the first but ran into trouble of his own in the second, allowing three runs on four hits, including RBI singles by Mitch Moreland, David Murphy and Elvis Andrus.

Iwakuma needed 55 pitches to get through those first two innings but cruised through his last four, only allowing a pair of singles after the second. The Japanese right-hander yielded seven hits, struck out seven and walked one.

Gutierrez tied it at 3 with a leadoff drive to center in the third. Gutierrez, who missed much of the season with hamstring issues, has six home runs in 69 at bats.

The Mariners looked ready to close out the game in the ninth, but were unable to score after a promising start to the inning.

Michael Saunders led off with a single, and Dustin Ackley followed with a bunt. The ball popped off his bat to the pitcher's mound, but reliever Neal Cotts had rushed in and the ball went over his head, giving Ackley a single.

Scheppers then came in and escaped the threat. Humberto Quintero also popped up his bunt, which was caught this time by first baseman Moreland. Pinch hitter Nick Franklin and second baseman Brad Miller struck out to send the game to extra innings.

"My job is just to go out there and minimize the damage," Scheppers said. "You've just got to go out there and do the job."

Notes

  • Seattle C Mike Zunino, who has been on the disabled list since July 26 with a broken bone in his left wrist, started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma. "He'll be down there the rest of the week and we'll see where we're at," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.
  • The Mariners closed the clubhouse before the game for a team meeting. "I just wanted to talk to them," Wedge said. "What I'm seeing is not what we're about. Not that they're playing bad baseball, they haven't, but we just haven't scored any runs."
  • Beltre's 10th-inning single extended his 12-game hitting streak against the Mariners.
  • Holland has not lost in his past 11 road starts, the third-longest streak in team history.
 
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Ian Kinsler jogs home with the deciding run as Danny Farquhar demands an explanation on the pivotal balk call.  (USATSI)
Ian Kinsler jogs home with the deciding run as Danny Farquhar demands an explanation on the pivotal balk call. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Texas

I. Kinsler
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
Seattle

H. Iwakuma
IP 6.0
H 7
ER 3
BB 1
K 7
 
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Leonys Martin, CF5000023 .268
Elvis Andrus, SS5011030 .260
Ian Kinsler, 2B5140002 .277
Adrian Beltre, 3B4010022 .326
A.J. Pierzynski, C5010004 .279
Alex Rios, RF5110013 .276
Mitch Moreland, 1B4111021 .244
Jurickson Profar, DH2100211 .233
David Murphy, LF2011000 .221
   a-Craig Gentry, PH-LF2000011 .251
Totals394103212  
a-flied out for Murphy in the 7th
Batting
2B - Alex Rios (25, Iwakuma)
RBI - Elvis Andrus (47), Mitch Moreland (54), David Murphy (41)
2-OUT RBI - Elvis Andrus (21)
SB - Ian Kinsler (10, 3rd base off Farquhar/Quintero)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Andrus-Moreland, Andrus-Moreland-Andrus-Kinsler-Moreland
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Derek Holland 6633451 3.00
Jason Frasor 1000020 2.68
Neal Cotts 1200010 1.21
Tanner Scheppers (W,6-2) 1000020 2.11
Joe Nathan (S,38) 1100110 1.54
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Holland 104-63, Jason Frasor 15-9, Neal Cotts 16-12, Tanner Scheppers 12-7, Joe Nathan 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Holland 5-6, Jason Frasor 1-0, Neal Cotts 1-1, Joe Nathan 2-0
Batters Faced - Derek Holland 26, Jason Frasor 3, Neal Cotts 5, Tanner Scheppers 3, Joe Nathan 5
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brad Miller, 2B-SS4100123 .259
Franklin Gutierrez, RF5111031 .246
Kyle Seager, 3B4110120 .275
Kendrys Morales, DH4011111 .281
Justin Smoak, 1B3001111 .255
Michael Morse, LF3010002 .226
   Michael Saunders, PR-LF2010002 .235
Dustin Ackley, CF3030100 .253
Humberto Quintero, C4000016 .248
Brendan Ryan, SS3010001 .195
   a-Nick Franklin, PH-2B1000012 .231
Totals36393511  
a-struck out for Ryan in the 9th
Batting
2B - Kendrys Morales (30, Holland), Brendan Ryan (10, Holland)
HR - Franklin Gutierrez (6, Holland)
SF - Justin Smoak (1)
RBI - Franklin Gutierrez (12), Kendrys Morales (68), Justin Smoak (35)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Ryan-Miller-Smoak
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hisashi Iwakuma 6733170 3.03
Charlie Furbush 1000010 3.14
Yoervis Medina 2100130 2.57
Danny Farquhar (L,0-2) 1211010 4.67
HBP - Beltre (by Yoervis Medina)
Pitches-Strikes - Hisashi Iwakuma 103-68, Charlie Furbush 14-10, Yoervis Medina 30-17, Danny Farquhar 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hisashi Iwakuma 7-4, Yoervis Medina 1-1, Danny Farquhar 1-1
Batters Faced - Hisashi Iwakuma 26, Charlie Furbush 3, Yoervis Medina 8, Danny Farquhar 5
Game Information
Attendance - 15115
Game Time - 3:35
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Todd Tichenor