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March 6, 2007 at 2:05 PM

Mariners 4, Rangers 0; bottom of 7th

So much for the no-hitter, as O’Flaherty got two quick outs in the sixth, then served up singles to Michael Young and Sammy Sosa. Hank Blalock then looked to have the Rangers on the board with a deep drive to center. But speedy Adam Jones, who’d just entered the game, sprinted to the wall and made a leaping catch to save at least two markers.
Seattle added another run in the seventh as Oswaldo Navarro singled to score Bryan LaHair, who had reached on a leadoff walk.
Ramirez was very pleased with his outing as he spoke to reporters in the clubhouse. He admitted to being a little too excited coming out of a good pre-game bullpen session, accounting for his first-inning struggles, but settled down after that.
RANGERS SCORE THREE IN SEVENTH
Boy, this game is changing in a hurry. Jon Huber came on to pitch for the M’s and the Rangers were all over him. After a one-out single and a walk, Ramon Vazquez lined one to left that a diving Wladimir Balentien couldn’t come up with. The ball scooted past Balentien for a two-run triple and Vazquez later scored when Marlon Byrd lined a single up the middle.
Texas produced another single that inning and is now outhitting the Mariners, but Huber preserved the 4-3 lead with two flyball outs. Most of the back-ups are now in for both teams, so the end result of this game won’t really mean much either way. But I’m sure the Mariners would love to get that first victory out of the way. They have two innings to go.

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