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August 5, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Rangers, Aug. 5

MARINERS SIXTH:The Mariners are now 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position as they get back-to-back singles to start the inning (Branyan and Gutierrez) but can’t do anything. Lopez popped to shortstop Elvis Andrus in shallow left, Moore grounded into a force at second (Branyan moving to third) and Saunders popped out. 0-0
RANGERS SIXTH:Michael Young’s two-out single ends a streak of 14 straight retired by Hernandez, but he starts a new streak by getting Josh Hamilton to ground out to second. 0-0
MARINERS FIFTH:Another opportunity falls by the wayside. Ichiro ripped a one-out double down the left-field line, but Figgins grounded out to third, and Kotchman flied to center. The Mariners have strand one runner at third, three at second, and two at first through five innings. 0-0
RANGERS FIFTH:Felix is really rolling, retiring the Rangers in order again. He’s retired 12 in a row now. 0-0.
MARINERS FOURTH: The Mariners get runners on first and second with one out — a Branyan walk and Lopez single — only to have Adam Moore and Michael Saunders both whiff. Still 0-0.
RANGERS FOURTH: Another quick inning for Hernandez, who has retired nine in a row since Cruz’s double leading off the second. But can the Mariners get him any runs? Tommy Hunter is coming off his worst outing of the season, giving up eight runs in three innings against the Angels for his first loss after eight straigh wins. 0-0.
MARINERS THIRD: Figgins gets a two-out single, but Kotchman grounds out. Heading into this game, Figgins is hitting .386 (17-for-44) over his last 11 games. 0-0
RANGERS THIRD:A strong 1-2-3 inning for Hernandez, including a strikeout of Elvis Andrus.
MARINERS SECOND:Hunter toughens after giving up a leadoff single to Gutierrez on a pitch that sawed off his bat. He struck out lopez, got Moore to fly out, and struck out Saunders looking. 0-0.
RANGERS SECOND:The Rangers also couldn’t get home a runner from third with one out, as Bengie Molina grounded out to short, and Mitch Moreland struck out looking. 0-0.
MARINERS FIRST:The Mariners had the kind of inning that typifies their season. Ichiro leads off with a double and moves to third on Chone Figgins sacrifice. And the M’s can’t get him home. No. 3 hitter Casey Kotchman fails to pull the ball to the right side, grounding out to short as Ichiro has to hold. Russ Branyan fouled out. 0-0.
RANGERS FIRST:Hernandez got off to a frustrating start when Elvis Andrus, on a 3-2 pitch, hit a nubber up the third-base line for an infield single. But Jose Lopez started a nice DP on Michael Young’s smash. Josh Hamilton singled, then Vlad Guerrero grounded out. 0-0.
Felix Hernandez is on the mound, giving the Mariners — who have lost 24 of their last 31 games — a better chance than usual for a victory. But they’ll have to score more than usual. In 23 starts this year by Hernandez, they have scored just 76 runs — 3.3 per game. They’ve supported Hernandez with 66 runs when he is in the game. In his eight losses, Seattle has given Felix just seven total runs of support.
A note on Ichiro’s four stolen bases last night, which tied a career high and also tied a Mariner club record. He become one of 22 players since 1920 in MLB to record multiple four-steal games in a career. The last player in the majors to steal four bases in a game was Texas’s Julio Borbon on Aug. 15 of last season against Boston.
The Mariners have lost nine of 12 against the Rangers this year, to go with a 3-10 mark against the Angels, and 3-6 against Oakland. That’s a combined 9-25 against the Al West.

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