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SEATTLE -- Justin Smoak had already done his part by hitting a go-ahead double in the eighth inning.

But when Fernando Rodney struggled in the ninth, it was Smoak who made another huge play to keep Seattle from blowing the lead.

Smoak's two-run double put his team ahead, and his diving catch of Adrian Beltre's line drive in the ninth turned into a game-ending double play as the Mariners held on for a 6-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

Smoak's double was crucial. It drove in the first runs this season for Seattle in the eighth inning and sparked a four-run rally for the Mariners.

But his grab in the ninth trumped what he did at the plate. Beltre's ball was hit so hard, there was no time for Smoak to think. All he could do was dive, stretch and hope.

"I kind of blacked out there for a second. Just jumped and stretched as far as I could stretch and it went into the glove," Smoak said.

Robinson Cano had a two-run double for the Mariners, who won consecutive games for the first time since the opening week of the season.

Cano's double was the only time the Mariners got to Texas starter Robbie Ross Jr., but they battered reliever Neal Cotts (1-2) in the eighth inning, scoring four times to end the Rangers' win streak at three games.

With no outs and the bases loaded, Smoak avoided the temptation of two inside pitches from Cotts and worked the count full. Then he lined a pitch down the left-field line and just out of the reach of Michael Choice, allowing Cano and pinch-runner Michael Saunders to score the go-ahead runs.

Seattle had been outscored 18-0 in the eighth inning heading into Friday's game. The Mariners had not won two straight since their three-game sweep of the Angels to open the season.

The Mariners' rally started thanks to Cano, who led off the eighth with a single on the first pitch. Corey Hart worked a full count before being hit on the knee by Cotts' pitch -- the fourth Seattle batter to be hit by a pitch -- and Stefan Romero loaded the bases with a bunt single.

That's when Smoak came through with his fifth double. Kyle Seager added an RBI single and Smoak scored on a wild pitch from Alexi Ogando for a 6-3 lead.

The Mariners ended up needing all those runs because although Rodney got his fourth save, he made it uncomfortable in the ninth. He loaded the bases with one out and wasn't helped when Smoak couldn't handle the relay from Cano on a possible double play early in the inning.

Rodney then walked Choice and Elvis Andrus to force in runs and make it 6-5. Beltre hit a liner that appeared headed for the outfield. Smoak snared it and doubled Andrus off first to end the game.

"That's Fernando. Sometimes he's going to have you on the top step. In the end he gets it done," Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. "Probably not all his doing. We could have made it a lot easier for him if we turned the double play."

Seattle relievers Dominic Leone and Yoervis Medina (1-1) bridged the late innings after starter Roenis Elias lasted 5 2-3 innings. Leone's wild pitch that allowed Prince Fielder to score with two outs in the sixth was the difference until the late rally.

Ross threw six innings, giving up six hits and two runs. He has gone 84 batters without issuing a walk. His lone trouble came when he hit Abraham Almonte with a pitch with two outs and then gave up a single to Willie Bloomquist. Cano followed by lining a double off the wall in left-center, scoring both runners. It was his fourth double of the season and fifth extra-base hit.

"It's frustrating because you want to get the guys before you have to face him," Ross said.

 
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Players of the Game
Seattle

R. Cano
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Texas

P. Fielder
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Choice, LF4001110 .216
Elvis Andrus, SS3101200 .261
Adrian Beltre, 3B5011013 .273
Prince Fielder, 1B4120011 .214
Alex Rios, RF3020101 .330
Donnie Murphy, DH2000103 .231
   a-Mitch Moreland, PH-DH1010000 .259
J.P. Arencibia, C2110113 .094
   b-Luis Sardinas, PH1100001 .333
Leonys Martin, CF3110025 .301
Josh Wilson, 2B3000010 .302
Robbie Ross, P0000000 .000
   Jason Frasor, P0000000 .000
   Neal Cotts, P0000000 .000
   Alexi Ogando, P0000000 .000
Totals3158367  
a-singled for Murphy in the 9th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Arencibia in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adrian Beltre (4, Elias), Alex Rios (7, Elias), J.P. Arencibia (2, Elias)
SH - Leonys Martin (5)
RBI - Michael Choice (6), Elvis Andrus (4), Adrian Beltre (5)
SB - Leonys Martin (6, 2nd base off Rodney/Zunino)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Beltre-Wilson-Fielder, Beltre-Wilson-Fielder-Arencibia-Wilson
E - Adrian Beltre (4, Misplayed grounder)
PB - J.P. Arencibia (2)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Robbie Ross 6622050 2.45
Jason Frasor (H,4) 1000010 0.00
Neal Cotts (L,1-2; BS,3) 0444000 7.88
Alexi Ogando 1000010 4.76
WP - Alexi Ogando (1)
HBP - Zunino (by Robbie Ross), Hart (by Neal Cotts)
Pitches-Strikes - Robbie Ross 101-67, Jason Frasor 12-9, Neal Cotts 20-13, Alexi Ogando 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Robbie Ross 6-6, Jason Frasor 1-1
Batters Faced - Robbie Ross 26, Jason Frasor 3, Neal Cotts 5, Alexi Ogando 3
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Abraham Almonte, CF4110002 .215
Willie Bloomquist, SS4120011 .263
Robinson Cano, 2B4122003 .291
Corey Hart, DH3000001 .258
   Michael Saunders, PR-DH0100000 .176
Stefen Romero, RF4120010 .259
Justin Smoak, 1B3112021 .237
Kyle Seager, 3B4021012 .197
Cole Gillespie, LF3000001 .000
   a-Dustin Ackley, PH-LF1000011 .236
Mike Zunino, C3000011 .242
Roenis Elias, P0000000 .000
   Dominic Leone, P0000000 .000
   Yoervis Medina, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Rodney, P0000000 .000
Totals33610507  
a-struck out for Gillespie in the 8th
Batting
2B - Robinson Cano (4, Ross), Stefen Romero (3, Ross), Justin Smoak (5, Cotts)
RBI - Robinson Cano 2 (10), Justin Smoak 2 (14), Kyle Seager (8)
2-OUT RBI - Robinson Cano 2 (3)
CS - Cole Gillespie (1, 2nd base by Ross/Arencibia)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Elias-Cano-Smoak, Elias-Cano-Smoak-Seager-Cano-Smoak, Elias-Cano-Smoak-Seager-Cano-Smoak-Smoak
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roenis Elias 5.2533360 3.54
Dominic Leone 1.1000110 1.50
Yoervis Medina (W,1-1) 1100000 3.48
Fernando Rodney (S,4) 1222200 3.68
WP - Roenis Elias (1), Dominic Leone (1)
HBP - Wilson (by Fernando Rodney)
Pitches-Strikes - Roenis Elias 96-62, Dominic Leone 20-13, Yoervis Medina 5-3, Fernando Rodney 27-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roenis Elias 6-4, Dominic Leone 3-0, Yoervis Medina 2-0, Fernando Rodney 1-1
Batters Faced - Roenis Elias 24, Dominic Leone 5, Yoervis Medina 3, Fernando Rodney 7
Game Information
Attendance - 31145
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 55
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Gabe Morales, Third Base - Mike DiMuro