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May 30, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Mariners obliterate Texas Rangers, fall just short of team runs record

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UPDATE 11:04 p.m.: The Mariners just optioned Steve Delabar to Class AAA Tacoma. No corresponding move until Friday, but the M’s will need another late-inning arm from the right side. I’d look for a guy with “prior” experience in that role.
This game was over by the third inning, but the Mariners still poured some runs on late to make the final score 21-8. The Mariners fell just one run shy of their 1999 team record for runs in one game and were just four hits short of equaling their mark for one contest set back in 1996 and 2004.
But they did tie their record for runs scored in one game on the road, set previously on Sept. 30, 2000 at Anaheim.
Justin Smoak delivered a pair of home runs, the second one a towering shot to the upper deck in right field to cap a four-run eighth. Smoak collected a career-high eight RBI and the first multi-homer game of his career.
Kyle Seager added four hits — two of them doubles — and appears to have a lock on that No. 3 spot in the order heading into Friday’s game.
Michael Saunders had a shot at tying the Mariners scoring record, but his deep fly ball to right in the ninth hooked foul by several feet.


Jesus Montero had a big game as well, hitting a home run, a double and a single. He might have had a shot at a cycle if he’d belted another homer, then stopped at third base. Other than that, nope.
Blake Beavan was doing OK until the Rangers scored five off him in the sixth. Texas added two more off Hisashi Iwakuma in the seventh.
The runs allowed by the Rangers tied for the second most in their history. They’d once given up 23.
And yes, the Mariners did indeed win their first series here since the end of the 2010 season. Nice way to rebound after that five-game losing streak.
Seattle began the night a minus-11 in run differential this season. They are now at a +10.
I guarantee you, that’s the best run differential sported by any 23-30 team in the majors. (CORRECTION: Well, OK maybe not, you’re right. I forgot the Rangers scored eight. So, Seattle is only at a +2 right now. Chalk it up to Canadian math.)

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