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July 17, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Rangers, July 17: Mariners lose 3-1

It’s over — another day of offensive ineptitude for the Mariners. They managed five hits and have now lost nine in a row. And they’ve lost nine games in the standings to Texas during that streak, as the Rangers have won 11 in a row. The Seattle season is unraveling rapidly.
RANGERS NINTH: The Rangers waste a one-out double by MIke Napoli. M’s will have Ackley, Olivo and Smoak in the ninth, trailing 3-1.
MARINERS EIGHTH: They finally get a run as Josh Bard leads off with a double off the left-field wall, moves to third on Figgins’s ground out, and scores on Jack Wilson’s single. But they got no more, and trail 3-1 with three outs to go.
MARINERS SEVENTH: Harrison barely worked up a sweat in retiring M’s in order. Seattle has scored one run — one! — in this four-game series. I remember it like it was yesterday. 3-0 Rangers.
RANGERS SEVENTH: There was a scary moment when Ian Kinsler was hit on his left earflap by Beavan, but he eventually got up and trotted to first. Wedge lifted Beavan at that point for Jeff Gray — suddenly, a workhorse –who got Elvis Andrus on a ground out. Moreland’s homer is still the difference in this game. 3-0 Rangers.
MARINERS SIXTH: Frankin Gutierrez gets the Mariners’ third hit, a two-out single, but is stranded there. M’s on their way to their third shutout in the last four games, andtheir fourth during this losing streak.
RANGERS SIXTH: Beavan has recovered nicely since Moreland’s homer in the second. He’s retired eight in a row. But it’s probably too late, unless the M’s can make an unforeseen rally. 3-0 Rangers.
MARINERS FIFTH: The M’s won’t get no-hit today. Justin Smoak got a clean single to center with one out, followed by another single from Greg Halman. But Josh Bard popped out to center, and Chone Figgins grounded out to short. It’s astounding how weak this team is offensively. 3-0 Rangers.
MARINERS FOURTH: The Mariners are still hitless after four innings. 3-0 Rangers.
RANGERS THIRD: Beavan isn’t fooling many Rangers hitters, but the M’s get a break when Beltre is caught off second after a leadoff double. A pickoff attempt by Josh Bard went off his body, and when he started toward third, then headed back, he was tagged out. Texas got a two-out single from Nelson Cruz — their fifth hit — but didn’t score. 3-0 Rangers.
MARINERS SECOND: They go down meekly, 1-2-3. With this lineup, a no-hitter by Matt Harrison is not out of the realm of possibility. 3-0 Rangers.
RANGERS SECOND: Mitch Moreland, the No. 9 hitter in Texas’s lineup, launches a three-run homer to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead. And these days, that feels like it’s insurmountable for the Mariners.
MARINERS FIRST: Ichiro’s walk immediately is erased when Gutierrez hits into a double play. 0-0.
RANGERS FIRST: The Rangers loaded the bases with two outs (helped by Dustin Ackley’s first error), but Beavan struck out Nelson Cruz on a 3-2 pitch to get out of it.
The Rangers provided an amazing statistic today: closer Neftali Feliz has never allowed a hit to the Mariners. They are 0-for-30 against him (0-for-16 at Safeco) with 11 strikeouts and two walks. That doesn’t bode well if Texas take a lead into the ninth inning today.
The M’s have lost eight in a row, the Rangers have won 10 in a row. For Seattle, Blake Beavan makes his third major-league start, and his first against the Rangers, the team that drafted him in the first round (17th overall) of the 2007 draft. Matt Harrison starts for the Rangers, the third lefty to start for Texas in this four-game series. The Mariners will face two more southpaws in Toronto, Ricky Romero and Brett Cecil (sandwiched around former Mariner Brandon Morrow on Wednesday).
The Mariners have gone eight games without a home run, the second-longest homerless streak in club history. They went 15 games in 1983. The last Mariner homer was July 5 at Oakland, a solo shot from Josh Bard. They have been out-homered 13-0 over the past eight games, with opposing teams scoring 17 runs, out of 38 total, via the long ball. The Mariners have scored 10 runs total.

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