ARLINGTON (AP) — The Texas Rangers must have been worn out from all the runs they scored the previous night. They didn’t have nearly enough against AL wild-card leader Seattle.
Ichiro Suzuki had a three-run double in between homers by Jose Guillen and Jose Vidro during a seven-run inning Thursday night that pushed the Mariners to a 9-4 victory over the Rangers, who were back home after scoring a record 30 runs in the opener of a doubleheader sweep at Baltimore.
Jeff Weaver (6-10) won his fourth straight start in August.
Seattle is 18-7 since a seven-game losing streak last month and has a two-game lead in the wild-card standings ahead of the New York Yankees, who were off Thursday.
The Rangers led 3-1 after a pair of two-out homers: Brad Wilkerson’s two-run drive in the third and a solo shot by Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the fourth. Wilkerson finished 4-for-4.
It was Saltalamacchia’s fifth homer since he got to Texas after being traded from Atlanta in a deal for Mark Teixeira on July 31. Saltalamacchia homered twice and had seven RBIs when the Rangers set an AL record for runs scored in their 30-3 victory Wednesday in the first game against the Orioles.
Suzuki finished 3-for-5, while Adrian Beltre, Raul Ibanez, Kenji Johjima and Guillen all had two hits apiece. Johjima’s RBI single in the second gave Seattle a 1-0 lead.