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Texas tallies five runs in the sixth

ARLINGTON -- In the second inning, with his team trailing by eight runs, Rangers manager Ron Washington went out and took the ball from starter Derek Holland.

"I told him it looks like he's got a short night," Washington said. "It was just not working for him. I put my hand out and got the ball. There wasn't anything to say. He certainly wasn't feeling good about himself, but he didn't need to be bashed."

The Mariners had already done that, and they didn't stop with Holland. By the time they were done, they had pounded their way to a 21-8 victory over the Rangers before 43,580 at the Ballpark in Arlington on Wednesday.

The 21 runs tied for the second most given up by the Rangers in club history. They allowed 23 runs to the Athletics on Sept. 30, 2000.

"It was just one of those days. ... I got beat," Holland said. "They hit everything we threw at them. You have to give them credit, but it's really frustrating. It's really upsetting to have that happen after working so hard."

Holland's eight runs allowed are the most he's given up in a start since he allowed 10 in three innings against the Blue Jays on Aug. 31, 2009. He is now 4-4 on the season while his ERA shot up from 4.05 to 5.11.

Holland started the night by retiring the Mariners in order in the first inning. Then he couldn't get out of the second as the Mariners scored eight runs. Six of the runs scored after two were out.

"I felt like I had everything going for me and today was the day," Holland said. "Then I came out there and the blank hit the fan. Things just didn't go my way. It was very frustrating. I didn't give my team a chance to win, and I made it hard on the bullpen. It's a big letdown on my part. I was trying to do everything I could to stay out there. I knew I had to do everything I could to make it through more than two innings. Very frustrating."

Washington did not try to analyze it.

"I wish I could explain it," Washington said. "He had two outs and only two runs had scored. After that he got a little erratic. He couldn't find the strike zone and when he did, they didn't miss it. I can't explain it, it just wasn't a good outing.

"On any given night, any pitcher can not look very good. He'll get the ball the next time. He needs love, not being talked about. He just wasn't very good. There's nothing much I can say. It was just a night where he didn't get it done."

The Mariners also scored eight runs in the third inning against reliever Yoshinori Tateyama. It's the seventh time in Major League history that a team has scored eight runs in consecutive innings. The last time was by the Cubs against the Dodgers on May 5, 2001. This is the sixth time in club history that a reliever has allowed eight runs or more in an outing. The most was 10 by Doug Davis against the Blue Jays on Aug. 9, 1999.

The Rangers, who allowed 31 runs in two nights to the Mariners, had to use six relievers. Closer Joe Nathan, who pitched the ninth inning on Tuesday, was the only Texas reliever who didn't pitch on Wednesday. The Rangers are off on Thursday before opening a three-game series with the Angels on Friday.

"This is going to happen every now and then," reliever Mike Adams said. "A night like this is very rare, but this happens. It seemed like every time they swung the bat, they hit it hard and into a gap or made contact and found a hole. Maybe we weren't throwing the ball very good."

The Mariners entered the game having scored the fifth-fewest runs in the American League. They've now scored 228 runs on the season with 13.6 percent of those coming in the last two games.

Justin Smoak, the Rangers' first-round pick in 2008, had a pair of three-run home runs among the Mariners 20 hits. Blake Beavan, who was the Rangers' first-round pick in 2007 before joining Smoak in the 2010 trade for Cliff Lee, picked up the win. He had a 17-0 lead after three innings, and the Rangers didn't score until a five-run sixth.

"To be drafted by this team and debut with them, it always means something to come back here," Smoak said. "You want to do good all the time, but it means a little bit more to do it against them. And Beavan pitched his butt off tonight and we were able to put up some runs for him. This was a fun night for everyone."

At least for those who were wearing a Mariners uniform. The Rangers would prefer to forget this one.

"We'll flush that one down the toilet and come back ready to play Friday," infielder Michael Young said. "It was just not Derek's night tonight. We have a ton of confidence in the guy. They just came out swinging in the second inning. They just hit all night, simple as that. That was the story of the game. They didn't let up and they swung the bats extremely well."

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