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Mariners 6, Rangers 3

July 6, 1996

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Sterling Hitchcock matched his career high with nine strikeouts and won for the fifth time in his last six decisions, leading the Seattle Mariners over the Texas Rangers 6-3 Friday night.

Hitchcock (8-3) allowed six hits and walked two in 8 1-3 innings and Mike Jackson finished.

Seattle is 5-2 against against Texas this year and 27-6 against the Rangers since Sept. 21, 1993.

Edgar Martinez went 3-for-4 and drove in the Mariners’ fourth run with a seventh-inning single.

Bobby Witt (7-8) gave up six runs and 14 hits while losing for the fourth time in five starts. He struck out eight and walked three in eight-plus innings.

Texas went ahead in the first on Rusty Greer’s two-out single and Juan Gonzalez’s double high off the left-field wall.

Seattle tied the score in the second on singles by Paul Sorrento, Luis Sojo and Rich Amaral, then took the lead in the third when Martinez doubled and scored on Dan Wilson’s single.

Darren Bragg homered in the fourth for a 3-1 lead. Alex Rodriguez led off the seventh with a double and scored on a single by Martinez.

Jay Buhner’s 22nd homer, a two-run drive, made it 6-1 in the ninth. Juan Gonzalez hit his 21st homer and Mickey Tettleton followed with his 15th to chase Hitchcock in the bottom half.

Notes: Texas loaded the bases with one out in the fifth, but Darryl Hamilton grounded into a double play. ... Martinez has reached base in 9-of-11 at-bats in the first two games. ... Witt still has two more victories than all of last season. ... The Rangers are 16-8 vs. left-handed starters. ... The 14 hits allowed by Witt ties a Rangers record for most hits allowed by one pitcher. ... Hitchcock has two of the victories by lefties against Texas. ... Texas had its fourth sellout of the season and surpassed 1.5 million in home attendance on the second-earliest date in club history.

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