September 26, 2011 in Sports

Texas completes sweep of Mariners


ARLINGTON, Texas – The Seattle Mariners are done on the road after matching the slugging A.L. West champion Texas Rangers.

Even though the Mariners hit four home runs Sunday, the same as Texas, that again wasn’t nearly enough in a 12-5 loss before going home to finish the regular season.

“We’re not in that game yet,” manager Eric Wedge said. “They’ve got a tremendous lineup.”

Seattle got solo homers from Chris Gimenez, Mike Carp and Kyle Seager and a two-run shot from Alex Liddi.

Yorvit Torrealba homered in consecutive innings for Texas, a solo shot in the sixth and a grand slam in the seventh that stretched the lead to 11-4. Adrian Beltre and Ian Kinsler both hit long homers for Texas off left-hander Charlie Furbush (4-10).

“They’re one of the better teams in baseball. They got me with the long ball,” Furbush said.

Kinsler’s two-run shot to left-center in the third snapped a 1-1 tie and put Texas ahead to stay before Mike Napoli added an RBI single later in the inning. It was the 31st homer for Kinsler, equaling a career high for the Rangers’ leadoff hitter.

Beltre led off the second with his 30th homer, hitting the ninth pitch he got onto the hill in straightaway center. It was his 10th homer in his past 13 games.

Seattle, which finishes the season at home with a three-game series against Oakland, was 4-15 against the Rangers this season.

“This is not a team you want to go into a long-ball contest with. This team, in this park, they don’t miss,” Gimenez said.

With the three-game sweep, Texas matched a franchise record with its 52nd win at home.

Felix says he’s fine

That dark bruise a few inches about Felix Hernandez’s right wrist has plenty of time to heal.

The Seattle ace said he’s OK a day after taking a liner off his forearm in his last scheduled start of the season. He displayed the bruise Sunday.

When Hernandez was asked when he’d be able to throw again, he responded, “I don’t need to throw anymore.”

I.Suzuki rf 502000.273
Robinson cf 501002.213
Ackley 2b 401011.280
Carp lf 412101.284
Smoak 1b 411001.236
W.Pena dh 400003.209
Liddi 3b 411202.219
Seager ss 311111.261
Gimenez c 411101.196
Totals 375105212
Kinsler 2b 433210.253
German 3b 421101.455
J.Hamilton cf 411001.300
L.Martin cf 100000.375
A.Beltre dh 423101.293
Murphy ph-dh 100000.272
Napoli 1b 501101.318
N.Cruz rf 310010.264
E.Chavez lf 000000.301
Torrealba c 422501.276
Treanor c 000000.215
Gentry lf-rf 412001.271
A.Blanco ss 300011.224
Totals 3712131037
Seattle 001201001—5102
Texas 01302141x—12131

E—T.Robinson (6), Seager (6), Gentry (2). LOB—Seattle 7, Texas 5. 2B—Ackley (16). HR—C.Gimenez (1), Liddi (3), Carp (12), Seager (3), A.Beltre (30), Kinsler (31), Torrealba 2 (7). RBIs—Carp (46), Liddi 2 (6), Seager (13), C.Gimenez (6), Kinsler 2 (76), German (4), A.Beltre (101), Napoli (69), Torrealba 5 (37). SB—Kinsler 2 (29), German (1), A.Beltre (1). CS—Kinsler (3). SF—German. RLISP—Seattle 5, Texas 1.

Furbush L,4-10 41/3665145.48
Delabar 12/3211123.00
Jimenez 1/3111006.35
Ruffin 2/3333114.60
League 1110002.69
Holland W,16-5 5533173.95
O’Day H,3 1111025.40
Kirkman H,1 1000016.59
Gonzalez 1100114.30
M.Valdez 1311016.23

IR-S—Ruffin 1-1. WP—League. Balk—D.Holland. T—3:13. A—43,508 (49,170).

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