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August 8, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Mariners at Texas Rangers: Aug. 8, 2011 game thread

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We’re in garbage time now and the Rangers are piling it on, going up 9-2 in the sixth on a double off the center field wall just beneath the 404-foot sign by Nelson Cruz and another double down the left field line by Mike Napoli. Both were off Tom Wilhelmsen.
The Rangers could have scored in double-digits in the fifth, but a great snare by first baseman Mike Carp on a line drive with the bases loaded and none out probably saved at least three runs. Carp was able to double off the runner after the Rangers had already scored three that frame and were looking for more against Jamey Wright.
Charlie Furbush lasted just four-plus innings, allowing seven runs — six earned — with four walks and a homer allowed. Looked like a bullpen guy tonight. Actually, he looked better than the two bullpen guys thus far.
6:29 p.m.: For those of you just tuning in, the Rangers scored twice in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead, but it could have been worse after they loaded em up with none out that frame against Charlie Furbush — who got a pair of key groundball outs to limit the damage
Prior to that, the M’s had tied things up in the third inning on a two-run double by Jack Wilson. Texas opened the scoring in the second inning, when Nelson Cruz took Furbush deep. Mike Napoli then reached on a two-base fielding error at third by Adam Kennedy, and scored on a Mitch Moreland single.


5:09 p.m.: We’ll get to see Charlie Furbush for the second time since he was traded here as part of the Doug Fister swap with Detroit. The Mariners are facing a lefty in Matt Harrison, so that means Casper Wells is the DH tonight and Adam Kennedy is in at third.
It’s 104 degrees at first pitch.

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