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September 21, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Rangers, Sept. 21: Mariners win, 6-3

The Rangers got the first two men on in the ninth on a single followed by an Alex Liddi error, but Seattle turned its third double play of the night. Wilhelmsen then struck out Mitch Moreleand to end it.
MARINERS EIGHTH: Big, big insurance runs on a two-run homer by Miguel Olivo off Alexi Ogando. 6-3 Mariners.
(Stephen Pryor is coming into the game to pitch the eighth for Mariners)
RANGERS SEVENTH: Iwakuma with a much-needed 1-2-3 inning. Nice outing for him, even with the absence of Hamilton and Beltre. I’d be surprised if he goes back out for the eighth 4-3 Mariners.
RANGERS SIXTH: They pulled within one run on a two-out homer by David Murphy, who has driven in all three Rangers runs. Murphy has a single, double and homer tonight, but I’m not sure he has a triple in him, but he does have three in 419 plate appearances, upon further review. 4-3 Mariners.
MARINERS FIFTH: Scott Feldman takes over on the mound and promptly strikes out the side — Montero, Smoak and Saunders. 4-2 Mariners.
RANGERS FIFTH: Iwakuma breezes through his easiest inning, retiring the Rangers in order.
MARINERS FOURTH: M’s regain the lead with two runs (one unearned, via a Michael Young error. That would have been Adrian Beltre at third had he not been ill). Carlos Triunfel had the big hit, a double down the left-field line that scored Casper Wells from first. 4-2 Mariners.
RANGERS FOURTH: With one out, the Rangers bunch four straight hits for two runs to tie the game, with both coming on a single by David Murphy with runners on second and third. Dustin Ackley is out of the game with a stiff neck. Alex Liddi took over at third, Seager moving to second. 2-2.
MARINERS THIRD: They got a second run on a leadoff triple by Gutierrez off the center-field wall (just eluding leaping center fielder Craig Gentry, and a wild pitch by Perez. Justin Smoak later added his second hit of the game, both of them scorched. 2-0 Mariners.
(There were some wireless issues that knocked out some of my previous posts. The Mariners scored in the second on an RBI double by Casper Wells, but squandered a chance for more with one out and runners on second and third).
RANGERS SECOND: Iwakuma works past a one-out double by David Murphy, striking out Soto and getting Moreland to ground out. First out was a nifty play by Triunfel, who backhanded a ball in the hole and sent a bullet throw to first to nail Cruz. The guy’s got an arm, no question about it. 0-0.
MARINERS FIRST: A one-out walk by Gutierrez, but he gets nowhere.
RANGERS FIRST: The Mariners turned a nice 4-6-3 to get out of the inning after an infield single by Elvis Andrus. Carlos Triunfel bobbled Andrus’s ball after a backhanded stop, but he showed a strong arm in completing the DP.
The Rangers, without Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre, send 21-year-old rookie lefty Martin Perez to the mound, while the Mariners counter with Hisashi Iwakuma. The Mariners are the only team Perez has faced twice in his career, pitching 5.1 hitless, scoreless innings over two relief appearances. The Mariners are 0-for-15 against him, with two walks, a hit batter and five strikeouts.

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