Recap: The Mariners started things off early, taking a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning, but the Rangers came right back in the 2nd to take a 3-2 lead. A solo home run by Franklin Gutierrez in the 3rd tied things up at three and that’s how they remained for most of the rest of the game.
The Mariners had a chance to win it in the bottom of the 9th, but fell short, stranding two runners on. The Rangers were able to put two runners on to start off the 10th and a stolen base and balk by Danny Farquhar scored Ian Kinsler and put the Rangers up 4-3, where they would stay.
Hisashi Iwakuma put in 6 innings of work, striking out seven, but allowing three earned runs and Derek Holland finished with a similar line- six innings of work, three earned runs, five strikeouts.
Turning Point: The turning point came in the 9th inning when the Mariners led off with two singles; unfortunately, they couldn’t get the runners any further and the next three batters went down in succession. That took the game to extra innings and Ian Kinsler picked up his fourth hit of the game to start off for the Rangers. Adrian Beltre followed up with a single and Kinsler stole third; that proved to be the real game-changer. Pitcher Danny Farquhar flinched, drawing a balk call, that scored Kinsler from 3rd and gave the Rangers the 4-3 lead. The Mariners were able to get two runners on in the bottom of the 10th, but couldn’t capitalize.
Player of the game: The player of the game has to go to Dustin Ackley with three base hits to lead the Mariners. Ackley got on base all four times he came up to bat, walking the first time, followed by the three hits.
What’s next: The Mariners wrap up the series with Texas in a matinee game (12:40pm) at Safeco. Felix Hernandez (12-7, 2.63 ERA) gets the daytime start for the Mariners with Martin Perez (7-3, 3.62 ERA) going for the Rangers.
Notes: Both Manager Eric Wedge and pitcher, Danny Farquhar said that after looking at the game tape, the balk call by umpire, CB Bucknor was the correct call. Farquhar said he didn't notice he had moved at all at the time, but it was visible on the tape.