Mariners win 14-6, Vidro homers twice
Jose Vidro homered into the right field seats in his first two at-bats, and Ichiro had four hits in the Seattle Mariners' 14-6 win over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.
The Associated Press
SEATTLE (AP)-- Jose Vidro homered into the right field seats in his first two at-bats, and Ichiro Suzuki had four hits in the Seattle Mariners' 14-6 win over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.
Suzuki led off with his 21st career home run and one out later Vidro connected for a solo shot, quickly erasing a 2-0 deficit and setting the tone for the afternoon. Vidro then hit a three-run homer in the second inning, the first of Seattle's two four-run innings. It was Vidro's sixth career two-homer game, the last coming in 2003 while with Montreal.
It was the 26th career four-hit game for Suzuki, who snapped an 0-for-13 slump on Saturday. Adrian Beltre lined a three-run homer high off the left field foul pole in the seventh inning, and had four RBIs.
The top three hitters in Seattle's order -- Suzuki, Beltre and Vidro -- were 9-for-14 with 10 RBIs and nine runs scored.
That was more than enough offense for Horacio Ramirez, who made his first official start for Seattle, 14 days into the season. Ramirez started on April 6 at Cleveland, but a snow storm forced the game to be called one strike short of being official. Ramirez trailed that game 4-0, but his slate was wiped clean.
Ramirez (1-0) allowed Sammy Sosa's two-out, two-run single off the left field wall in the first, then held the Rangers mostly in check. He pitched six innings, giving up seven hits and one earned run, picking up his first win since July 17 of last year while with Atlanta.
Texas starter Brandon McCarthy (1-2) lasted two innings, giving up six runs and six hits including a trio of homers. It was the shortest outing in McCarthy's 15 career starts.
Suzuki started Seattle's second four-run inning with a one-out bunt single in the fourth. Beltre walked and Vidro's infield single loaded the bases.
Raul Ibanez then lined a shot past pitcher Kameron Loe into center field, scoring two. After a groundout, Texas third baseman Matt Kata made his second error of the day, misplaying the hop on Jose Guillen's chopper, allowing Vidro to score.
Kenji Johjima followed with a liner off Loe's glove. Loe rushed his throw to first, sailing it over Mark Teixeira's head and into the right field seats on a hop allowing Ibanez to score.
Kata also had a throwing error in the first and had Beltre's RBI single in the second skip under his glove. That hit came after a 13-pitch at-bat by Suzuki, who fouled off eight straight pitches before reaching on an infield single.
Second baseman Ian Kinsler hit a solo home run in the ninth, his sixth of the season.
The Mariners took two of three in the series.
Notes:@ Seattle's 14 runs and 14 hits were season highs. ... Nine players and coaches wore No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson. For Seattle, Beltre, RHP Miguel Batista, OF Jason Ellison, LHP Arthur Rhodes and 2B Jose Lopez wore the number. For Texas, it was manager Ron Washington, coach Gary Pettis, OF Kenny Lofton and OF Jerry Hairston, Jr. ... Suzuki stole second in the fourth inning for Seattle's first attempt and steal of the season. They were the last team in baseball to attempt a steal. It was Suzuki's 40th consecutive successful stolen base dating back to last season. ... Texas committed three errors and have six in the last two games.