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The first eight innings of tonight”s game were as dreary as today”s weather here in Seattle, but the last two innings more than made-up for it as the Mariners mounted a stunning comeback win over the mighty Texas Rangers. The Rangers managed to get a run early off the veteran in the first inning, but after that the cagey veteran pitched a great game holding the Texans to the lone run down in the Lone Star state through six innings. Millwood threw 103 pitches tonight fanning seven Rangers using a variety of pitches to keep this one close.
Meanwhile the Mariners offense remained stuck on stupid extending their scoreless streak to 23 innings with a lot of pop-ups and weak swings that made Rangers starter look better tha he actually was tonight. Things got really depressing in the seventh when came into the game and surrendered back-to-back homers to and before yanked him for lefty who struck-out to end the bleeding.
John Jaso got his Mariners debut tonight in the DH role and responded with a huge leadoff triple in the top of the eighth and came home on a single by to break the scoreless streak at 23 innings and make it a 3-1 game. Luetge handled the Rangers in the bottom of the frame and actually ended-up getting his first win in the Majors after a magical ninth inning rally that was the highlight of the young season as far as I”m concerned.
The Rangers had veteran closer out on the hill to start the ninth and he just didn”t look like his old self tonight as was evidenced by a leadoff single to followed by a double to scrappy . who got his first start behind the dish tonight then battled Nathan before hitting a deep sacrifice fly to right to make it 3-2. With one out delivered the biggest hit of his Mariners career a screaming double to right and suddenly we were all tied at 3-3. Saunders then made a gutsy move by swiping third on his own using his tremendous speed and instincts, giving hints of a player who may just blossom into something special this year. then went down swinging leaving everything up to John Jaso who then delivered a clutch single to put the Mariners up 4-3 in front of a stunned group of Texas fans who have gotten a little to cocky when our sailors come to town lately.
Of course got the ball in the ninth and outside of allowing a single to our All-Star closer had his good stuff and got his third save of the year. This game keeps the Mariners over .500 at 4-3 with a chance to get a split in this 4-game series tomorrow before flying home to the friendly crowds at Safeo when takes the mound at 1105 local time. This game changes the momentum of this young season and has to be a confidence builder for Eric Wedge and his club. As for us fans it gives us a reason to believe that this season may not be a nightmare like the last two..GoM”s! http://jeffsmariners.com