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April 14, 2007 at 3:35 PM

Mariners 8, Rangers 3 final

It’s tempting to say that a team is lucky when it can score eight runs on just eight hits, but that would be a tad unfair to a Seattle squad that has been hard-pressed to catch any breaks so far. Sure, the Rangers made three errors and yes, two of them led directly to three runs.
But the Mariners also got better pitching today, especially when it mattered. Miguel Batista did not start to get hit hard until he had already been staked to a 6-0 lead and almost made it through seven innings despite a pitch count of 99 after six. The Mariners will take starts like this one from Batista. This is what he looks like when he’s on. It’s nothing flashy, but that’s why he’s the No. 3 guy. And anytime the No. 3 guy beats an opponent’s No. 2, it’s something to feel good about.
The bats also came to life somewhat after the Rangers made their errors in the third inning. No, it wasn’t an onslaught. But the team needed to see somebody other than Richie Sexson hit a home run and the team got that from Adrian Beltre and Jose Guillen.
Are all the problems fixed? No, they aren’t. But given the way this past week has gone, the Mariners will take a 4-3 record and accept the fact that — if the Red Sox hold on against the Angels in Boston — they will sit all alone in first place.

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