M's Avoid Sweep, Beat Rangers in 12

By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2008 10:41 PM CDT
M's Avoid Sweep, Beat Rangers in 12
Texas Rangers' Frank Catalanotto slides safely across the plate as Seattle Mariners catcher Jeff Clement (9) misses the tag during the first inning of their Major League Baseball game.   (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

Miguel Cairo had a two-out RBI single in the 12th inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat Texas 4-3 on Wednesday to avoid a sweep and keep the Rangers from reaching .500. Wladimir Balentien led off the 12th with a single off Franklyn German (1-2), and Yuniesky Betancourt sacrificed. Balentien moved to third on a deep flyout by Ichiro Suzuki, who went 0-for-6 and ended a 13-game hitting streak.

Texas (20-22) clinched its sixth straight series by winning the first two games against Seattle, but missed the chance for a sweep after two fielding miscues led to two unearned runs in the seventh. Seattle, which trailed 2-0 after the first inning, matched its biggest comeback of the season to win for only the third time in 15 games. (More baseball stories.)

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