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Seattle @ Texas - Life At 101 Degrees

Ichiro grounded out in his first at-bat, by his own admission nervous about needing two hits for 3,000 in his professional career - here and Japan.

Adrian Beltre, on the other hand, loves the heat and greeted the 101 degree temperatures here with his 17th home run.

Coming with Jeremy Reed and Raul Ibanez aboard, it's a quick 3-0 lead.

Leads in Texas almost inevitably are challenged....

Bottom of the 1st ...

Felix Hernandez hasn't found a rhythm, and it's cost him two runs already. That can happen against the top of the Rangers lineup - Ian Kinsler and Michael Young each hit safely before Felix had thrown five pitches. ...

Top of 2nd....

OK, it's going to be one of THOSE games here - the kind you have to wait until the bottom of the ninth before calling a winner. Rookie Bryan LaHair's first big-league home run gives Seattle a 4-2 lead, and the wind is swirling. ...

Bottom 3rd ...

Kinsler & Young strike again, setting up a Milton Bradley RBI. Felix is throwing breaking stuff for strikes, missing with his fastball. ...

All Hail Mr. Lopez ...

The hitting streak is now a career-best 15-games, and no Mariner has had one as long this year. ...

Texas Loses Young ...

Shortstop Michael Young left the game with a broken right ring finger, and will miss the rest of the four-game Seattle series. Even without him, the Rangers have come back to tie the game, 4-4. ...

Top of the 5th ...

LaHair singles, takes third on a hit-and-run single by Yuniesky Betancourt and - with no one out - the Mariners cannot score a run. Ichiro is now 0-for-3. The nervousness he spoke of is showing. ...

Bottom of the 5th ...

Kenji Johjima is having trouble behind the plate - aggain. In Toronto a passed ball forced a pitching change. Tonight, a third strike bounced off his glove and allowed a basserunner. Right now, when Clement is healthy enough to catch, Jamie Burke is No. 2 and Johjima is third on the depth chart...

Top of the 6th ...

Ibanez goes deep - No. 15 - and Mariners go ahead, 5-4. ...

Bottom 6 ...

Felix gets throuh six innings with 111 pitches, and in this heat, he appears to have had enough. Now, can the Seattle bullpen hold a one-run lead for nine outs? ...

Top of the 7th ...

Ichiro triples, his second three-base hit in two days and the 2,999th hit of his professional career. Jeremy Reed tried to bunt for a hit to score the run, but was thrown out.

And here comes Cesar Jimenez. ...

Bottom 7...

This is what happens when you have the chance to add runs to a lead and don't - three straight hits to open the inning and the game is tied.

No decision for Hernandez, who gives up three earned runs.

And here comes Sean Green. ...

Top of 8th ...

Mr. Beltre goes deep again, his 18th, and Seattle leads 6-5. Can the bullpen hold a one-run lead with SIX outs to get? ...

Bottom 8th ...

Kenji and Beltre just picked Ramon Vazquez off third base with Josh Hamilton at the plate. Wouldn't want to be Vazquez on the bench. Great call from the bench, wonderful execution on the field.

To the ninth, 6-5. ...

Top 9th...

Kenji singles, Willie Bloomquist runs for him and steals second. LaHair walks, and Miguel Cairo runs for him. Betancourt bunts both over, and Ron Washington elects to have Eddie Guardado pitch to Ichiro.

Ichiro flies out - gets the run home - and is stuck for the night on 2,999.

To the bottom of the ninth, 7-5.

Morrow Time ...

Texas heat, indeed. Brandon Morrow's fastball topped out at 98 mph, he worked around a leadoff single with a double play and picks up 10th save.

Mariners now just 13 1/2 games behind Rangers. ...

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