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August 4, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Rangers 11, Mariners 6: M’s overwhelmed by power onslaught

There is a lot of power on this Texas Rangers squad and we saw it put up seven runs tonight on two swings of the bat.
A three-run homer by David Murphy and grand slam by Michael Young proved the difference in an 11-6 loss by the M’s. Doug Fister once again did not look all that sharp. He caught some breaks early on and did not fall victim to a flurry of runs.
Franklin Gutierrez then saved him from a tying Vladimir Guerrero blast in the fifth. Fister walked the usual Mariner-killer, Nelson Cruz, to put two on, only to fall victim to Murphy’s blast. The Rangers never trailed again.
Seattle gave the Rangers one too many chances in the seventh when they failed to catch that pop-up in foul territory in a 7-6 game. Two singles later, Young hit his slam and that was it.
Positive signs included Adam Moore’s two-run homer and some good speed on the bases by Ichiro — who stole four bags — and Chone Figgins early. It was the 1-2 punch long-envisioned by the M’s.
But you can’t small-ball your way to enough runs to overcome power like the Rangers put up.
Fister still winless since May 14 and full value for tonight’s loss.

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