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Can Mariners Win - Gasp - Five In A Row? It's Game No. 138

No rain and almost no fans on hand as Seattle tries to extend its season-best four-game winning streak.

Miguel Cairo can't hit (bruised hand), Kenji Johjima can't catch(bruised hand)and Jeff Clement's left knee is acting up.

So Clement's the DH, Jamie Burke is catching, Bryan LaHair is at first base and there are probably 2,500 fans on hand to watch it all.

Enjoy ...

That's One ...

Jeremy Reed doubled and Adrian Beltre singled to right - hitting thde ball so hard that Reed had no chance to score.

Raul Ibanez got him home with a fly ball.

Beltre has a nine-game hitting streak, and Ibanez has is 96th RBI.

Mariners 1, Rangers 0 ...

Nightmare Scenario ...

Five pitches into his start, Ryan Feierabend had given up a single and double - and found himself squared off with Josh Hamilton.

Feierabend's sixth pitch was a two-run single to center RBI No. 119 and 120 for Hamilton.

Feierabend settled down after that.

Rangers 2, Mariners 1 ...

Oops ...

Nelson Cruz hit a drive off the fence in right center field for a triple, although the ball appeared catchable.

Ichiro got a late jump, didn't go after the ball aggressively, and it became a Texas run when Gerald Laird followed with a single.

Tough play? Yes. But Gold Glovers make those. This one wasn't made.

Rangers 3, Mariners 1 ...

Natural Selection Theory ...

The Mariners have been asking Yuniesky Betancourt to be more selective at the plate, telling him to be aggressive but to do it within the strike zone.

"There's no sense taking a pitch down the middle for a first strike," manager Jim Riggleman said. "As Yuni learns to swing at strikes and let balls go, he'll become a much better hitter."

First pitch Yuni saw in the fifth inning was a strike, and he launched it for his sixth home run.

Rangers 4, Mariners 2 ...

Slip-Sliding Away ...

Feierabend is lifted after 4 2/3 innings, having allowed 11 hits and five runs, with one runner still on base.

New pitcher is Jared Wells, one of the minor leaguers called up today.

Mariners have just four hits, two since the first inning.

Rangers 5, Mariners 2 ...

Let 'Em Play ...

Rangers haven't had a big inning yet and still have six runs.

The Mariners are in the eighth and have used four pitchers, two pinch-hitters and replaced one catcher with another.

Yes, it's September.

The score could be worse: Raul Ibanez and Ichiro have each thrown a Ranger out on the bases.

Rangers 6, Mariners 2 ..

Old Reliable ...

Ichiro doubled to open the eighth inning and, two outs later, was still at second base.

Mr. Ibanez then does what he does - singled for the run, producing RBI No. 97. Jose Lopez doubled Ibanez home and the Texas bullpen started warming up again.

Rangers 6, Mariners 4 ...

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