ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Seattle manager Bob Melvin did not want
Texas slugger Rafael Palmeiro to beat him. Instead, Mark Teixeira
did the job.
Palmeiro and Teixeira homered as the Texas Rangers ended a
five-game losing streak and dropped Seattle farther back in the AL
wild-card race, beating the Mariners 6-4 Monday night.The Mariners fell 1½ games behind Boston, which beat Tampa Bay
8-2, for the wild card. Seattle fell 4½ games behind Oakland, which
beat Anaheim 7-4, in the AL West."We know Seattle is trying to make the playoffs," Teixeira
said. "We're trying to win games just like they are, so it makes
it more interesting."Teixeira, who tied a career-high with four RBI, capped a
four-run sixth inning with a three-run shot that gave the Rangers a
6-4 lead. His 23rd home run of the season came two batters after
the Mariners intentionally walked Palmeiro.Palmeiro has hit nine home runs against Seattle this season.
Laynce Nix had an RBI single before Teixeira's shot."I didn't want to mess with Palmeiro out there again," Melvin
said. "If I had it do over, I'd do it the same way.""That guy has killed us this year. He has hurt us more than
anybody in the league."Palmeiro's home run made him just the second player in major
league history to reach 35 homers and 100 RBI in nine straight
seasons. Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx is the only other player to do
it.Palmeiro's 525th career homer, a solo shot, came in the fourth
inning off Joel Pineiro and gave him 103 RBI.Colby Lewis (8-9) gave up four runs in six innings to earn the
victory. Lewis also beat Seattle in his first start of the season
on April 5.The right-hander came into the game with a 7.76 ERA."I thought that was Colby's best outing of the year," Texas
manager Buck Showalter said. "He had good enough stuff to pitch a
shutout. It gives me confidence that he has learned from the
experience this year."Ron Mahay pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Lewis, and
Francisco Cordero struck out the side in the ninth for his 14th
save in 23 opportunities.Seattle seemed poised to open its 10-game road trip on a
positive note before the last-place Rangers touched up Pineiro in
the sixth.Michael Young hit a leadoff single and reached third with two
outs. The Mariners then walked Palmeiro.Nix brought Texas within 4-3 before Teixeira connected.Pineiro (14-11) gave up six runs and seven hits in six innings.
He lost for the fifth time in his last six decisions."I thought it was a good pitch (to Teixeira)," Pineiro said.
"It was down and away. You just have to tip your cap to
Teixeira."The Mariners scored three times in the fourth for a 3-1 lead.
Ichiro Suzuki led off with a single and Carlos Guillen walked.Bret Boone then doubled in a run, and Edgar Martinez and John Olerud">John Olerud had RBI singles.Later in the fourth, Martinez was on second and Olerud was on
first with one out. Randy Winn hit a grounder to Young at second
base.Melvin said umpire Jerry Layne ruled that Olerud was out of the
basepath. Young had also tagged Olerud with his glove, but replays
showed the ball was in his bare hand."I knew I was tagged, but I didn't see where the ball was,"
Olerud said. "I never left the base line."Palmeiro's homer brought Texas within 3-2.Seattle stretched its lead to 4-2 in the fifth when Guillen
singled home Suzuki, who tripled with one out.Texas took a 1-0 lead in the second on Teixeira's RBI double.
Palmeiro has 49 career homers against the Mariners, his
most against any opponent. ... Pineiro had only given up five
earned runs in 35 innings before Monday night. ... It was the
fourth time this season Teixeira has driven four runs in a game.