Recap: Not even Felix Hernandez could stop the Mariners from losing their third straight game at home. After a leadoff homerun from Franklin Gutierrez gave the Mariners an early 1-0 lead, A.J. Pierzynski homered off Hernandez and Elvis Andrus drove in another to give the Rangers the 2-1 advantage. Gutierrez picked up an RBI groundout in the bottom of the 2nd to even the game at 2-2 before David Murphy and Nelson Cruz each drove in a run in the 5th inning to give the Rangers a 4-2 lead. Seattle got a run back in the 8th inning but Endy Chavez was called out at home on a squeeze play that would have tied the game heading to the 9th inning.
Turning Point: With the tying run on third base in the bottom of the eighth, Brendan Ryan's squeeze bunt attempt went back to pitcher Robbie Ross who was able to flip to Pierzynski to get Chavez at home plate. Pierzynski did an excellent job in blocking the plate and keeping the tying run off the board.
Player Of The Game: Pierzynski went 2 for 3 with an RBI and kept the tying run off the board in the eighth inning.
Notes: Mike Morse was hit by a pitch from Joe Ortiz in the 7th inning that caused a non-displaced fracture in the pinky finger in his right hand. Eric Wedge said after the game Morse will likely be out 3-7 days and is not expected to land on the disabled list. Morse said he hopes to play Sunday and feels he'll be fine as soon as the swelling goes down.
Next Up: A matchup of two Japanese imports takes to the mound on Friday night as Hisashi Iwakuma (1-0, 2.57 ERA) takes on Yu Darvish (2-0, 1.98 ERA) in the second game of the four-game series. The Mariners take a 4-7 record into the matchup while the Texas Rangers are 7-3.