Mariners 6, Rangers 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Paul Abbott pitched seven strong innings and Mike Cameron hit a two-run homer as the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 6-3 Saturday night.
Abbott (5-2) allowed one run and seven hits to win his fourth consecutive decision and improve to 3-0 career against Texas. He struck out six and walked two in stopping the Rangers’ three-game winning streak.
Jose Mesa walked the first two batters in the ninth, and Kazuhiro Sasaki got two outs before walking Rafael Palmeiro and Ivan Rodriguez to force in a run to make it 6-3. Sasaki then got David Segui to hit a foul pop to third for his 16th save.
With the score tied 1-1, Rangers rookie Ryan Glynn had two outs and a runner on first in the fourth when he was forced to leave due to a blister on his right index finger.
Mark Clark (3-5) came on in relief and got out of the fourth, but the Mariners took a 3-1 lead in the fifth on Stan Javier’s sacrifice fly and Cameron’s run-scoring double.
Cameron completed his three-RBI night in the seventh with his 11th homer, a two-run shot off Francisco Cordero. Alex Rodriguez followed with a single and scored on Edgar Martinez’s double to make it 6-1.
Rodriguez’s solo homer off Arthur Rhodes in the eighth reduced Seattle’s lead to 6-2.
Seattle got a run in the first on Martinez’s groundout. Texas tied it at 1 in the third on Rusty Greer’s single.
Notes:Glynn left his previous start on June 24 against Tampa Bay in the sixth inning with a blister on the same finger. ... The Rangers’ three-game winning streak ended. ... Clark was making his first appearance since June 16. ... Rhodes had a 13-inning scoreless streak halted by Rodriguez’s homer.