Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Lance Berkman belted a three-run homer and Jeff
Baker added a two-run shot, as the Texas Rangers topped the Seattle Mariners,
9-5, to start a three-game series.
Justin Grimm (4-3) scattered 10 hits, gave up three runs and struck out five
in 6 1/3 innings to help the Rangers to their seventh win in 10 games.
Kyle Seager went 3-for-5 with an RBI and Brendan Ryan drove in a pair for
Seattle. Kendrys Morales and Raul Ibanez each had a pair of hits and an RBI
for the Mariners, losers of a season-high seven in a row.
Joe Saunders (3-5) yielded eight hits and six runs over five innings to suffer
his first loss in 14 starts (9-1) in Seattle.
Jurickson Profar singled and Mitch Moreland doubled to left prior to Berkman's
homer to left field to give the Rangers a 5-2 lead in the third inning.
Morales scored on an Ibanez double in the bottom half, but Elvis Andrus lifted
a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
Texas tacked on three runs in the seventh for a 9-3 cushion. Nelson Cruz laced
an RBI single to center, and later in the frame David Murphy connected off
Lucas Luetge for a two-run base hit.
Ryan and Seager each had RBI doubles off Joe Ortiz in the ninth, but Joe
Nathan came in and struck out Michael Morse to secure his 15th save.
Morales singled in a run in the opening inning, but Baker's two-run blast to
right in the second gave Texas the lead.
Seattle scored once in the second, but could have had more if not for a brutal
umpiring mistake. Ibanez and Justin Smoak singled prior to Jesus Sucre
grounding a ball that ended up as a phantom double play. First baseman
Moreland threw to shortstop Elvis Andrus for the force at second. The return
throw to first saw Moreland and Grimm come together. Both reached for the
ball, but Moreland's foot was on the base and Grimm's was not. Grimm caught
the ball in his glove and first base umpire Jeff Nelson called Sucre out.
"Everybody was just focused on the bag. I thought he just came off the bag. I
didn't find out until later in replay, that he didn't catch the ball,"
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.
Texas is 6-2 versus the Mariners this season ... Prior to the game, the
Mariners selected the contract of Sucre from Triple-A Tacoma and designated
infielder Robert Andino for assignment, and recalled infielder Carlos Triunfel
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