The only game Seattle won came in the first start by Felix Hernandez, and though he didn't win that game, he offers the best chance of helping Seattle win a second time.
Last season, Hernandez went 4-1 with a 2.38 earned run average against Texas, and in his last seven starts against the Rangrs, he's sporting a 1.93 ERA.
That's good, because the Mariners seem to require a low-scoring game to be close, let alone win. Hoping to break his hitters loose, manager Don Wakamatsu is using his fourth new lineup today - this one with Jose Lopez batting cleanup.
Aces are supposed to stop losing streaks, and though it would be nice to win a game he didn't start, Felix clearly has the job of getting Seattle off that one-win total.
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- Trying to change their luck, if nothing else, the Mariners sent their lineup to the plate via Ken Griffey Jr. If the team wins, Junior will be delivering it again tomorrow.
- Chone Figgins singled and on a hit-and-run play, Franklin Gutieirrez singled Figgins to third - extending his hitting streak to 11 consecutive games. Figgins scored on a Matt Harrison wild pitch, but Gutierrez was thrown out trying to score on a Lopez single. In the first: Seattle 1, Texas 0
- If you're a Seattle fan, go ahead. Say 'Argh!' Mike Sweeney was hit by a pitch and Rob Johnson doubled him to third base with one out. Can't-miss scoring opportunity? The Mariners missed - Jack Wilson popped out, Ichiro tapped back to the mound.
- Felix hasn't had a quick, low-pitch inning yet. Wilson misplayed a ground ball into an infield single in the third, and after three innings he has a shutout - but he's thrown 48 pitches.
- Two on, two out in the fourth inning for the Mariners, with Ichiro up against a tiring Harrison. Ichiro struck out on four pitches. Seattle 1, Texas 0.
- Josh Hamilton tripled to left field, slicing a ball toward the line that Bradley appeared to misread. Felix struck out Vladimir Guerrero, and when Nelson Cruz grounded sharply to Lopez at third, he threw Hamilton out at the plate. Chris Davis struck out. That's pitching and defense - and the shutout lives.
- Another jam for Felix, who gave up a single, then hit a batter who was trying to bunt. Mariners got a break when Elvis Andrus was called out on a bunt (he was safe), but on a ground ball to second, one run scored - and a second came over when Figgins threw the ball past Johnson at the plate. After five: Texas 2, Seattle 1.
- Cruz homered on a 3-1 pitch, probably the worst by Felix all day. After six innings: Texas 3, Seattle 1.
- One-out rally? Wilson and Ichiro singled consecutively against reliever Dustin Nippert. Figgins struck out. Gutierrez flied out. Threat defused.
- Starting the seventh inning with 93 pitches, Felix looks a bit cooked on the mound, and it is warm here in Arlington. Joaquin Arias singled, his third hit today. Teagarden struck out. On a hit-and-run, Elvis Andrus singled into right - first and third base with one out. Borbon popped out. Michael Young flied out. After seven: Texas 3, Seattle 1.
- Eighth inning, Mark Lowe pitching. Felix lasted seven innings, threw 110 pitches, gave up two earned runs and has no chance to win.
- Ninth inning, Frank Francisco in for Texas. Kotchman singled. Johnson walked. Wilson sacrificed the runners up a base. Ichiro singled, scoring Kotchman. Ken Griffey Jr., batting for Figgins, singled to score Johnson. Matt Tuiasosopo pinch-ran for Griffey and the Rangers changed pitchers. Darrin O'Day in for Texas. Gutierrez singled - his third hit today - to score Ichiro with the go-ahead run. Seattle 4, Texas 3.
- Bottom of the ninth, David Aardsma - remember him, he pitched opening day? - on to pitch. David Murphy struck out. Andrus was robbed of extra bases by Gutierrez, who caught his drive to the top of the wall in right center field. Borbon struck out. It's a final: Seattle 4, Texas 3.