Harden gives up another big inning in setback

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rich Harden isn't concerned that he gave up another big inning.

Harden allowed four hits and three runs -- four runs and eight hits overall -- during a three-run fourth inning in the Rangers' 7-6 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.

"I look at it as a spring thing," said Harden, who next will pitch on April 7 against Toronto. "I might lose a little focus here. I'm not too concerned about it."

Milton Bradley led off the fourth with his second hit, stole second and scored on Mike Sweeney?s double to left to cut Texas lead to 4-1. Jose Lopez singled, Franklin Gutierrez hit an RBI grounder to short and Adam Moore doubled before Harden struck out Jack Wilson and retired Ichiro Suzuki to end the inning with the lead down to 4-3.

"I has some bad misses in that inning and that was really it," said Harden, who finishes spring training with a 1/3 mark and 9.67 ERA in six starts. "The big thing is going to be limiting my pitches in those few innings."

Michael Young hit his first homer, a two-run shot in the bottom of the fourth, to make it 6-3. Bradley doubled and scored on an RBI single by Sweeney to pull Seattle back to 6-4.

Jose Lopez hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth of Guillermo Moscoso to tie the game at 6-all.

Sweeney hit an RBI double off the top of the right-field wall -- his second double and fourth hit -- to score Corey Patterson with the go-ahead run.

"We swung the bats which is something we needed for a while," said Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu, whose team had 14 hits.

Seattle starter David Pauley allowed six runs on 11 hits and two walks over four innings. Bradley finished 3 for 3 with a double, stolen base and two runs scored and Sweeney was 2 for 3 with two RBIs.

Josh Hamilton and Vladimir Guerrero each doubled and scored in the third and Chris Davis had a pair of singles his first two at-bats for the Rangers.

Game notes
Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler said he expects to open the season on the disabled list because of the high ankle sprain that has sidelined him for all of March. "We're waiting until it's better and when it's better I'm going to play," Kinsler said. Before the game, the Mariners placed LHP Erik Bedard and infielder Jack Hannahan on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26. Manager Ron Washington and the Rangers have one roster decision left to make, deciding between Max Ramirez and Matt Brown for the backup corner infield spot or acquiring an outside player. "Whatever decision we make is going to be OK," Washington said. Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia aired a throw back to Harden into center field early in the game but Washington said he's not concern. "We've seen that before," he said. "We just have to put up with it."