8:05 PM ET, July 4, 2013
Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
The All-Star slugger went deep twice and the Rangers used a four-run seventh inning to beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4 on Thursday night.
Texas hadn't scored more than four runs in the past six games and was outscored 13-4 in losing the first two of the series against the Mariners.
Beltre hit a solo shot in the second and another in the seventh for his 24th career multihomer game. He finished with three hits and two RBIs.
"I think the last couple of days, we haven't been able to get the big hit," he said. "Obviously, that's what you're looking for when you hit in the middle of the lineup. Today was a better day, even though it was late."
With Texas trailing 3-1, Beltre led off the seventh with a drive to center against Hisashi Iwakuma (7-4). A.J. Pierzynski then singled and Lance Berkman walked before Mitch Moreland bounced a tying single up the middle against Charlie Furbush.
Texas manager Ron Washington said before the game that he hoped his team would improve with runners in scoring position. He eventually got his wish.
"That's exciting when you can run the bases," Washington said.
Josh Lindblom (1-2) recorded the final two outs of the seventh to pick up his first win since Aug. 31.
Raul Ibanez homered for the Mariners, belting a tiebreaking two-run shot in the seventh. It was his 12th homer in his past 28 games, lifting the total for the 41-year-old slugger to 21 for the year.
Iwakuma, who came in leading the AL in ERA, allowed four runs and five hits in six innings. The Japanese right-hander is 0-3 with a 5.54 ERA in his past four starts.
Ibanez went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and Kyle Seager added three hits for the Mariners, who were trying for their first series sweep at Texas since 2002.
The Mariners had 14 hits, but went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 13 on base.
"We've got to do better with guys on base," said Ibanez, who had his first four-hit game since June 8, 2010. "This is a place where you feel no lead is safe. When you're playing against them, you know they are going to score runs."
Beltre led off the second with his first home run since June 9.
"(Beltre) shows up every day and he not only comes to do his job, he comes to beat the opponent," Washington said. "He battles every single day and he makes everyone around him better."
The Mariners tied it with an unearned run in the sixth. Seager and Justin Smoak singled leading off the inning, and Seager scored on a throwing error by second baseman Kinsler, snapping Martin Perez's scoreless stretch at 16 2/3 innings.
Perez allowed an unearned run in 5 1/3 innings. The 22-year-old rookie gave up eight hits, struck out four and walked two in his fourth start of the season.
Andrus was dropped to the eighth spot in the lineup. The All-Star shortstop is batting .196 since June 1. "I'm still in the lineup and I'll do my best to help the team win," Andrus said. ... Seattle manager Eric Wedge said OF Michael Saunders (right finger) will start Friday when the Mariners play the Cincinnati Reds. Saunders was out of the starting lineup for a sixth straight game. ... Beltre passed Joe DiMaggio for 75th on the career list with 362 home runs.
ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 4: David Murphy # 7 of the Texas Rangers hits a pop fly against Hisashi Iwakuma #18 of the...(Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|Texas leads 12-7 (as of Thu 7/4)|
|Thu 4/11||TEX 4, @SEA 3||Recap|
|Fri 4/12||@SEA 3, TEX 1||Recap|
|Sat 4/13||TEX 3, @SEA 1||Recap|
|Sun 4/14||@SEA 4, TEX 3||Recap|
|Fri 4/19||@TEX 7, SEA 0||Recap|
|Sat 4/20||@TEX 5, SEA 0||Recap|
|Sun 4/21||@TEX 11, SEA 3||Recap|
|Fri 5/24||TEX 9, @SEA 5||Recap|
|Sat 5/25||TEX 5, @SEA 2||Recap|
|Sun 5/26||@SEA 4, TEX 3||Recap|
|Tue 7/2||SEA 9, @TEX 2||Recap|
|Wed 7/3||SEA 4, @TEX 2||Recap|
|» Thu 7/4||@TEX 5, SEA 4||Box Score|
|Fri 8/16||SEA 3, @TEX 1||Recap|
|Sat 8/17||@TEX 15, SEA 3||Recap|
|Sun 8/18||SEA 4, @TEX 3||Recap|
|Mon 8/26||TEX 8, @SEA 3||Recap|
|Tue 8/27||TEX 4, @SEA 3||Recap|
|Wed 8/28||TEX 12, @SEA 4||Recap|
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|2nd||A Beltre homered to center (447 feet).||0||1|
|6th||E Chavez grounded into fielder's choice to second, J Smoak out at second, K Seager to third, K Seager scored on throwing error by second baseman I Kinsler.||1||1|
|7th||R Ibanez homered to right (421 feet), N Franklin scored.||3||1|
|7th||A Beltre homered to center (425 feet).||3||2|
|7th||M Moreland singled to center, A Pierzynski scored, E Beltre to third.||3||3|
|7th||E Andrus hit sacrifice fly to left, E Beltre scored.||3||4|
|7th||I Kinsler singled to center, M Moreland scored, L Martin to third.||3||5|
|8th||R Ibanez singled to center, B Miller scored.||4||5|
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|Stadium||Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, TX|
|Attendance||46,476 (96.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||93 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Eric Cooper, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Marty Foster|
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