July 4, 2013 at 5:05 PM
Game thread, Mariners vs. Rangers, July 4: Mariners lose, 5-4
Tough loss as the Mariners can’t hold a 3-1 lead in the seventh, built on Raul Ibanez’s 21st homer. The Rangers scored four in the bottom of the seventh to take the lead to stay. This is the fifth time the Mariners have won the first two games of a series and failed to complete the sweep.
MARINERS EIGHTH: They get one back on an RBI single from Ibanez, his fourth hit of the game. The Mariners had been 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position in this game prior to that hit. He scored Miller with an unearned run. Miller, batting for Ryan, had reached on an infield single and moved to second on throwing error. 5-4 Rangers.
RANGERS SEVENTH: This one turned into a disaster for the Mariners as the Rangers scored four to take a 5-3 lead. Beltre started it with his second homer of the night, and it got worse. Moreland and Kinsler had RBI singles, and Andrus had a sac fly. One of the runs was unearned via Nick Franklin error. Iwakuma was charged with three runs in the inning, four total. Furbush and Farquhar also pitched. 5-3 Rangers.
MARINERS SEVENTH: Raul Ibanez comes through again, with a one-out, two-run homer into the second deck in right, his 21st — and seventh against a lefty. The Mariners then put runners on second and third with one out but couldn’t score any more. 3-1 Mariners.
MARINERS SIXTH: The Mariners tied it in weird fashion — an unearned run on a throwing error by Ian Kinsler on what should have been a double play. After Seager and Smoak started the inning with singles to put runners on first and second, Chavez hit a grounder to Kinsler. He tagged Smoak (with his glove but without the ball in it, which the umpire didn’t see), then airmailed a weak throw past the first baseman as Seager sprinted home. 1-1
RANGERS FIFTH: Texas gets a two-out single from Andrus but Martin flies out to end the inning. 1-0 Rangers.
MARINERS FIFTH: Another inning, more men left in scoring position. This time, they had first and second with two outs when Morales hit a shot right at the left fielder. M’s are 0-for-6 with RISP.
RANGERS FOURTH: Iwakuma has allowed just two hits, but one of them is Beltre’s homer, so Rangers still holding 1-0 lead.
MARINERS FOURTH: Justin Smoak is stranded at third after one-out double. They’ve left six runners on base through four innings. The past three innings, they’ve left a man on third. 1-0 Rangers
MARINERS THIRD: The Mariners stranded runners on first and third this time as Kendrys Morales hits a rocket right at shortstop Elvis Andrus for the third out. 1-0 Rangers
RANGERS SECOND: Beltre gets the Rangers on the board with a looooong homer to left — an estimated 431 feet. It was his first homer since June 9, and the 361st of his career, tying him with Joe DiMaggio. 1-0 Rangers
MARINERS SECOND: Stop me if you’ve heard this one, but the Mariners botched a golden scoring opportunity. With first and third, no outs, Justin Smoak struck out. Then, after an Endy Chavez walk loaded the bases, Henry Blanco grounded into a double play.
RANGERS FIRST: Iwakuma also breezes in the first, getting two fly outs before striking out Nelson Cruz.
MARINERS FIRST: Perez breezes through a 10-pitch first inning.
The Mariners go for their first sweep of the Rangers in Arlington since Sept. 24-26, 2001.