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Rangers fail to capitalize on Mariners' errors

SEATTLE (AP) -- Four games into the new season, Raul Ibanez is
adapting to the designated hitter's job held for so long by Edgar
Martinez.

Ibanez hit a two-run homer and Willie Bloomquist added a two-run
single to help the Seattle Mariners rally in the eighth inning to
beat the Texas Rangers 9-6 Friday night.

"Yeah, it's easier when you're out there," said Ibanez, the
Mariners' regular left fielder last season. "But at the same time,
it's a big-league ballgame. So you've got to stay is the game and
watch what's going on and take it serious. So that's what I'm
trying to do."

New manager Mike Hargrove broke the bad news to Ibanez, 32, that
he would be spending the majority of his time at DH this season
after Martinez following an 18-year career spent entirely with
Seattle.

"I gave him plenty of time to work on it in spring training,"
Hargrove said. "But I think if you ask any player the same thing
that given his druthers, he'd rather play in the field and hit. But
he's done a good job so far as DH."

Texas wasted leads of 2-0, 4-3 and 6-5, and Seattle 3-2 and 5-4
advantages before going ahead for good.

After the Rangers went ahead in the top of the eighth against
J.J. Putz (1-0) on run-scoring errors by first baseman Richie
Sexson and shortstop Wilson Valdez, Bret Boone doubled off Nick
Regilio (0-1) leading off the bottom half and Ibanez homered for a
7-6 lead. Bloomquist, in his first at-bat of the season, singled
with the bases loaded off R.A. Dickey.

Ibanez, who had 16 homers and 62 RBI in the Mariners' 99-loss
2004 season, was just trying to move Boone to third when he
connected on a 1-1 pitch and hit it 392 feet to center.

"When I hit it, I was just hoping it would get him over to
third, then I thought maybe in the gap and then it went out of the
park," he said.

Hargrove said Ibanez's homer turned a bad loss into a good win.

"The eighth got a little ugly with those two walks and two
errors," he said. "Those things don't make people happy."

Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his first save since last
July 22. He missed the final two months of last season because a
torn rotator cuff and a left knee injury.

Mariners starter Aaron Sele allowed four runs, six hits and
three walks in 5 2/3 innings, while Rangers starter Chan Ho Park
gave up three runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Richard Hidalgo's two-run double put Texas ahead in the first,
but Seattle went ahead in the sixth on Ichiro Suzuki's RBI single
and rookie Jeremy Reed's two-run double that ended his 0-for-13
drought to start off the season.

Run-scoring singles by Adrian Gonzalez off Ron Villone and Kevin
Mench against Julio Mateo put Texas back on top 4-3 in the sixth.
Adrian Beltre then hit a two-run single off Doug Brocail to give
Seattle a 5-4 lead in the seventh.

The Rangers are without two key relievers, Carlos Almanzar and
Frank Francisco, from a team that was in the AL West race most of
last season. Almanzar was placed on the bereavement list Sunday
after his mother died in the Dominican Republic and Cordero is on
the disabled list with right elbow inflammation.

"To look at it as a given that Frankie or Carlos are going to
be back in whatever form, we have to develop and see if we get
somebody else to step forward," Rangers manager Buck Showalter
said.

Regilio, a rookie, took all the blame for the defeat.

"I tried to get three outs and I didn't get it done, bottom
line," he said.

Game notes
Mariners SS Pokey Reese is having his World Series ring
mailed to him by the Boston Red Sox. Reese hasn't played for the
Mariners this season because he's on he 15-day DL with a strained
right shoulder. Reese said the Red Sox invited him to get his World
Series ring at Fenway Park on Monday, but he didn't want to make
the flight. ... Putz got his first major-league victory. ... For
the fourth game in a row, Suzuki had two hits. He also received two
intentional walks.