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 4      3   Final
09/12/2002 00:19 am ET 
 Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Mariners 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 10 1
 Rangers 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 7 0
Rangers squeeze out win
Mariners' botched bunt prevents run in top of ninth
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Alex Rodriguez hit his Major League-leading 54th home run, and rookie Colby Lewis shined in his first big league start, but it was a walk-off home run by Todd Green that proved to be the difference in the Rangers' 4-3 victory over the Mariners in front of 23,470 at The Ballpark in Arlington.

Rodriguez's home run tied him for the 8th-highest number of homers hit in a single season in AL history. Babe Ruth accomplished the feat in 1920 and 1928. Mickey Mantle hit 54 in 1961.

Rodriguez also leads the Majors with 132 RBIs.

As for Lewis (2-2), he allowed six hits in seven strong innings. His first blemish came with two outs in the seventh inning, when former Rangers outfielder Ruben Sierra deposited a pitch over the wall in left field to cut the Texas lead to 3-1.

Lewis was replaced by Danny Kolb after walking Mike Cameron to lead off the eighth inning. Cameron scored to cut the Rangers' lead to 3-2 on a double by Ichiro Suzuki.

Suzuki advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a single by Edgar Martinez to tie the game at 3.

In the top of the ninth, Francisco Cordero took the mound, and Bret Boone led off with a double. One out later, Carlos Guillen smashed a double off the wall in left field, but Rangers left fielder Todd Hollandsworth faked the catch. Boone, who lost the ball, could only advance to third base. He was eventually caught in a rundown on a two-strike botched squeeze play to end the inning.

Greene led off the ninth inning with his home run off Arthur Rhodes to win the game.

Mariners starter Freddy Garcia struck out the first two batters he faced, but he walked Alex Rodriguez. The free pass proved to be a costly one.

A-Rod stole second base, and Rafael Palmeiro drove him home with a single to right field to put the Rangers up, 1-0.

Garcia recovered to strike out Ivan Rodriguez to end the inning and started the second with consecutive strikeouts of Carl Everett and Todd Hollandsworth, respectively. But for the second inning in a row, the third batter stung the Mariners again. This time it was rookie third baseman Hank Blalock. He smashed a 1-1 pitch into the seats in right field for his second home run of the season, as Texas extended its lead to 2-0.

Garcia retired the next six batters in order, and 11 of the Rangers' next 12 hitters, before surrendering the home run to A-Rod with one out in the sixth that give Texas a three-run cushion.

Garcia struck the next two hitters to end the inning and finished the game with 12 strikeouts. He was relieved by Rhodes to start the eighth.

Jesse Sanchez covers the Texas Rangers for MLB.com. He can be contacted via email at jsanchez@texasrangers.com..This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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BOX SCORE
Texas Rangers 4, Seattle Mariners 3
Seattle Mariners
BatterPosABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
SuzukiRF 4121000.329
Relaford3B 4010001.284
MartinezDH 4021002.298
1-UguetoPR-DH 0000000.158
Olerud1B 4000012.306
Boone2B 4020000.272
SierraLF 4121012.279
GuillenSS 3010101.272
WilsonC 3000012.301
a-OffermanPH 1000012.233
BordersC 0000000.000
CameronCF 2100110.233
Totals3331032512
a-Struck out for Wilson in the 9th.
1-Ran for Martinez in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Sierra (23, Lewis), Suzuki (26, Kolb), Boone (27, Cordero), Guillen (22, Cordero).
HR: Sierra (13, 7th inning off Lewis, 0 on, 2 out).
RBI: Sierra (59), Suzuki (47), Martinez (53).
2-out RBI: Sierra.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wilson.
GIDP: Martinez, Olerud.
Team LOB: 5.
BASERUNNING
CS: Boone (5, home by Cordero/Greene).
FIELDING
E: Suzuki (3, throw).
 
Texas Rangers
BatterPosABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Young2B 4000022.266
LambDH 3000010.289
a-MenchPH-DH 1000000.272
Rodriguez, ASS 3211100.312
Palmeiro1B 3011110.274
1-SadlerPR 0000000.176
Hart1B 0000000.000
Rodriguez, IC 3000031.315
b-GreenePH-C 1111000.256
EverettRF 3020010.263
HollandsworthLF 3000012.297
Blalock3B 3121000.215
RiveraCF 3000032.209
Totals304742127
a-Grounded out for Lamb in the 8th. b-Batted for Rodriguez, I in the 8th.
1-Ran for Palmeiro in the 8th.
BATTING
HR: Blalock (2, 2nd inning off Garcia, 0 on, 2 out), Rodriguez, A (54, 6th inning off Garcia, 0 on, 1 out), Greene (7, 9th inning off Rhodes, 0 on, 0 out).
RBI: Palmeiro (95), Blalock (9), Rodriguez, A (132), Greene (14).
2-out RBI: Palmeiro, Blalock.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Young 2.
Team LOB: 4.
BASERUNNING
SB: Rodriguez, A (9, 2nd base off Garcia/Wilson).
CS: Sadler (2, 2nd base by Rhodes/Wilson).
FIELDING
DP: 4 (Rodriguez, A-Young-Palmeiro, Young-Rodriguez, A-Palmeiro, Greene-Blalock, Palmeiro).
Seattle Mariners
PitcherIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Garcia 7.063311224.37
Rhodes (L, 8-4) 1.01111012.69
Texas Rangers
PitcherIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lewis 7.06222315.95
Kolb (BS, 3) 0.12110004.44
Rodriguez, R 0.20000005.02
Cordero (W, 2-0) 1.02000201.85
Lewis pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

WP: Kolb 2.
Pitches-strikes: Garcia 112-73, Rhodes 27-16, Lewis 100-61, Kolb 13-8, Rodriguez, R 3-2, Cordero 19-10.
Ground outs-fly outs: Garcia 3-6, Rhodes 2-0, Lewis 12-6, Kolb 0-1, Rodriguez, R 2-0, Cordero 0-0.
Batters faced: Garcia 28, Rhodes 4, Lewis 27, Kolb 3, Rodriguez, R 1, Cordero 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Kolb 1-1, Rodriguez, R 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Fieldin Culbreth. 1B: Bill Hohn. 2B: Larry Young. 3B: Bill Miller.
Weather: 86 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, Out to RF.
T: 2:57.
Att: 23,470.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner