American League Game Summary - Texas at Seattle|
(Wednesday, May 23rd)
Final Score: Seattle 5, Texas 3
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - After posting his first shutout in nearly nine
years in his previous outing, 37-year-old Kevin Millwood followed that
masterful two-hit performance by tossing six shutout innings, lifting the
Seattle Mariners to a 5-3 win over the Texas Rangers in the rubber match
of a three-game set.
Millwood (3-4) surrendered three hits and a walk while fanning two. He has
not allowed a run in his last 17 2/3 frames and has won his past three
starts after dropping his prior four decisions.
"Confidence has been building for the last couple weeks," Millwood said. "So I
felt like when I got out there, I felt like i was going to have a good game
and throw the ball well. Confidence goes a long way in this game and that's
what I'm working on right now."
Alex Liddi smacked his first career grand slam for the Mariners, who have won
five of their last six on the heels of a four-game losing streak.
Scott Feldman (0-2) was charged with five runs on three hits and five walks in
4 1/3 innings for Texas, which has alternated losses and wins over its past
"He pitched around the three walks in the second inning and got out with
minimal damage. He made one bad pitch and it cost him," Rangers manager Ron
Washinton said of Feldman's outing.
Josh Hamilton had an RBI double and Adrian Beltre clubbed a two-run homer as
part of a three-run eighth inning which cut the deficit to 5-3, but Brandon
League struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth for his ninth save of the year.
Feldman walked the bases loaded to begin the second inning and Michael
Saunders lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to give Seattle a 1-0 lead.
With runners on second and third with one away in the fifth, Dustin Ackley was
intentionally walked to load the bags for Liddi, who laced a fastball that
just snuck over the wall in left to clear the bases, giving Seattle a 5-0
Kinsler led off the eighth inning against Tom Wilhelmsen with a single, stole
second and scored two batters later when Hamilton pulled a double down the
first-base line. Beltre came up next and launched a towering two-run shot to
left-center, which made it a 5-3 game.
Millwood had a 5.88 earned run average on May 8, which has now been lowered to
3.72...Texas was 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left six men on
base while Seattle was 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded
05/23 20:33:35 ET