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April 23, 2007 at 7:37 PM

Mariners 5, Rangers 4, final

This was the Brandon Morrow show tonight, obviously, and the Mariners barely escaped with a win to end their six-game losing streak. Morrow entered in the fifth, issued an intentional walk to load the bases, then retired nine consecutive hitters, enabling the Mariners to take a save opportunity beyond the seventh for the first time all season.
Morrow looked more like the pitcher he was in spring training. He didn’t waste time getting deep into counts, got strikeouts when he needed them and otherwise let the Rangers put balls in-play. He had thrown only 43 pitches in three-plus innings — including four on the intentional free-pass — by the time Ian Kinsler notched a one-out single off him in the eighth. Morrow seemed to tire towards the end, walking Gerald Laird and bringing J.J. Putz in for a four-out save opportunity with two on and two out.
This was one of those games that could have gotten away from the Mariners very easily, but didn’t. The offense, aside from that one inning in the fourth, once again did little to assure a victory. But Morrow and Putz took care of the rest.
The Mariners needed this one, especially with Class AAA call-up Cha Seung Baek getting the start. They can now go for the two-game sweep tomorrow with No. 2 starter Jarrod Washburn — their most consistent arm outside of Felix Hernandez — taking the hill. Win that game, steal one in Oakland and the team has the Kansas City Royals to look forward to on the weekend.

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