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Snell solid in M’s debut

But Seattle’s bullpen falters in loss to Rangers

Geoff Baker Seattle Times

ARLINGTON, Texas – Everything had been done by the Mariners since last week’s trade to provide a comfort level for incoming pitcher Ian Snell.

Now, in his first trip to the mound since being dealt to Seattle by the Pittsburgh Pirates, it was up to Snell to return some comfort. The Mariners are looking for assurances that Snell can become a rotation fixture for years to come, and his performance in Sunday night’s 4-2 loss to the Texas Rangers certainly helped.

Snell allowed only a pair of runs on three hits over six innings before being pulled with the score tied.

“That’s what I’m here to do,” Snell said. “Keep the team in the game and help them win it.”

The Mariners, knowing he hadn’t pitched in a week, pulled him at that point and reliever Sean White gave up the decisive two-run homer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the seventh.

The Mariners lost for the third time in four nights here in front of 28,670 fans at Rangers Ballpark and fell to a double-digit deficit in the American League West. The Los Angeles Angels lead Seattle by 10 games, while the Boston Red Sox took an 8 1/2 -game advantage over the Mariners in a wild-card race that realistically ended for them some time ago.

Snell allowed a pair of solo home runs, by David Murphy in the first inning and by Michael Young in the sixth. Young’s blast over the center-field fence was a tough one for Seattle, because the Mariners had just scored twice to take the lead.

The M’s had only five hits before the ninth inning, but four came off Rangers starter Scott Feldman in that sixth. Rob Johnson singled, Michael Saunders walked and Ichiro Suzuki singled to load the bases.

After Russell Branyan grounded out to score Johnson, Jose Lopez blooped a single over the head of shortstop Elvis Andrus into shallow center field to bring one run home. But Andrus, with his back to the infield, alertly shoveled the ball to charging center fielder Josh Hamilton, who prevented Saunders from trying to score from second.

That proved key because Ken Griffey Jr. hit into a double play that ended the inning with Seattle up 2-1.

Young then tied the game on the fourth pitch of the ensuing half-inning, one of 11 long balls hit by Texas in the series.

Seattle opened the ninth with two hits, but C.J. Wilson retired the side.

Snell had a relatively problem-free outing, not allowing a hit between the Murphy homer in the first and a double by Andrus in the fifth. He walked three batters, but none scored.

Rangers 4, Mariners 2

Seattle AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
I.Suzuki rf 4 0 2 0 0 1 .364
Branyan 1b 3 0 0 1 0 1 .258
Jo.Lopez 2b 4 0 2 1 0 1 .278
Griffey Jr. dh 4 0 0 0 0 0 .220
Hannahan 3b 3 0 1 0 1 1 .217
Ja.Wilson ss 4 0 0 0 0 1 .250
Langerhans cf 3 0 0 0 0 1 .231
Ro.Johnson c 3 1 1 0 0 1 .218
M.Saunders lf 2 1 0 0 1 1 .148
Totals 30 2 6 2 2 8
Texas AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Vizquel 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .279
M.Young 3b 4 1 1 1 0 2 .324
Dav.Murphy dh 3 1 1 1 1 0 .272
Byrd lf 3 0 1 0 0 0 .278
Blalock 1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .248
N.Cruz rf 3 1 1 0 0 1 .272
Hamilton cf 2 0 0 0 1 0 .220
Saltalamacchia c 3 1 1 2 0 1 .243
Andrus ss 2 0 1 0 1 0 .262
Totals 28 4 6 4 3 4
Seattle 000 002 000—2 6 0
Texas 100 001 20x—4 6 0

LOB—Seattle 4, Texas 4. 2B—Andrus (8). HR—Dav.Murphy (9), off Snell; M.Young (17), off Snell; Saltalamacchia (9), off White. RBIs—Branyan (56), Jo.Lopez (60), M.Young (48), Dav.Murphy (28), Saltalamacchia 2 (34). CS—Hamilton (1). RLSP—Seattle 3 (Griffey Jr., Ja.Wilson 2); Texas 2 (N.Cruz, Vizquel). RMU—Branyan, Griffey Jr., Hamilton. GIDP—Griffey Jr., Ja.Wilson 2, Blalock. DP—Seattle 1 (Snell, Jo.Lopez, Ja.Wilson, Branyan); Texas 3 (Andrus, Vizquel, Blalock), (Andrus, Vizquel, Blalock), (Vizquel, Andrus, Blalock).

Seattle IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Snell 6 3 2 2 3 4 3.00
White L,2-2 1 2 2 2 0 0 3.28
Kelley 1 1 0 0 0 0 5.23
Texas IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Feldman W,10-4 7 5 2 2 2 4 3.91
F.Francisco H,2 1 0 0 0 0 2 2.20
C.Wilson S,13-15 1 1 0 0 0 2 2.66

HBP—by Snell (Byrd), by C.Wilson (Branyan). T—2:14. A—28,670 (49,170).

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