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Rangers beat Mariners on Farquhar's 10th-inning balk

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The Canadian Press
8/28/2013 2:01:28 AM
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SEATTLE -- Ian Kinsler scored the go-ahead run on Danny Farquhar's balk in the 10th inning, handing the Texas Rangers a 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

Kinsler started the winning rally with one-out single against Farquhar (0-2) for his fourth hit. Kinsler advanced on Adrian Beltre's single, and then swiped third. After A.J. Pierzynski fouled out to third, home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor called a balk on Farquhar with Alex Rios at the plate, allowing Kinsler to come home.

Tanner Scheppers (6-2) wiggled out of a jam in the ninth to get the win and Joe Nathan finished for his 38th save in 40 chances as the AL West-leading Rangers won for the sixth time in eight games.

A day after coming off the disabled list, Franklin Gutierrez homered for the first time since June 22 for Seattle, which has lost five straight.

All the runs prior to the odd 10th inning came when both starters ran into trouble early before setting down, turning a tie game over to the bullpens after six innings.

Texas starter Derek Holland allowed three runs and six hits, walked four and struck out five. The left-hander is unbeaten in his last six starts, with five no-decisions in that stretch.

Holland walked two of his first three batters, setting up Kendrys Morales' run-scoring double and Justin Smoak's sacrifice fly.

Mariners starter Hishashi Iwakuma struck out the side in the first but ran into trouble of his own in the second, allowing three runs on four hits, including RBI singles by Mitch Moreland, David Murphy and Elvis Andrus.

Iwakuma needed 55 pitches to get through those first two innings but cruised through his last four, only allowing a pair of singles after the second. The Japanese right-hander allowed seven hits, struck out seven and walked one.

Gutierrez tied it at 3 with a leadoff drive to centre in the third. Gutierrez, who missed much of the season with hamstring issues, has six home runs in 69 at bats.

The Mariners looked ready to close out the game in the ninth, but were unable to score after a promising start to the inning.

Michael Saunders led off with a single, and Dustin Ackley followed with a bunt. The ball popped off his bat to the pitcher's mound, but reliever Neal Cotts had rushed in and the ball went over his head, giving Ackley a single and putting runners on first and second.

Scheppers then came in and escaped the threat. Humberto Quintero also popped up his bunt, which was caught this time by first baseman Moreland. Pinch hitter Nick Franklin and second baseman Brad Miller struck out to send the game to extra innings.

NOTES: Seattle C Mike Zunino, who has been on the disabled list since July 26 with a broken bone in his left wrist, started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma. "He'll be down there the rest of the week and we'll see where we're at," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. ... The Mariners closed the clubhouse before the game for a team meeting. "I just wanted to talk to them," Wedge said. "What I'm seeing is not what we're about. Not that they're playing bad baseball, they haven't, but we just haven't scored any runs." ... Beltre's 10th inning single extended his 12-game hitting streak against the Mariners.

Danny Farquhar (Photo: Canadian Press)

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