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Bay lifts Mariners to win with RBI hit in 13th

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 26, 2013 at 9:07 pm •  Published: May 26, 2013
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Tepesch went 5 2-3 innings for Texas, allowing just five hits and two runs. He walked one and struck out six.

The Rangers fumbled an opportunity to possibly retake the lead in the seventh inning. After a leadoff double from Adrian Beltre, Cruz struck out swinging at a ball in the dirt. Beltre was caught between second and third base as the ball bounced away from Mariners catcher Jesus Sucre. Cruz tried to take first base on the play but collided with Sucre and was ruled out. Sucre then ran down Beltre and he was called out for running out of the baseline.

"Any time you lose — especially when you go to extra innings — it's difficult but they took it from us," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We had our chance. They took it back and they finally took it from us."

Pierzynski delivered a pinch-hit RBI single in the 11th inning off Seattle Mariners reliever Oliver Perez to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead.

Ibanez homered off Nathan into the right field seats to even the game at 3-all in the bottom half. It was the first blown save of the year for Nathan. He had been 9 for 9 in save opportunities this season.

"If you throw it into the zone, then he is pretty good at hitting it," Nathan said. "He doesn't miss it too often when you put it there."

Iwakuma had another strong outing for Seattle. He allowed two runs and two hits over eight innings. He struck out eight.

NOTES: Profar is the youngest player to hit a leadoff homerun (20 years, 95 days) since Lou Klimchock (18 years, 348 days) of the Kansas City Athletics homered on Sept. 28, 1958, against the Chicago White Sox. ... Nathan had his streak of 36 consecutive saves on the road snapped with Ibanez's tying home run in the 11th inning. Nathan had converted all 31 save opportunities on the road since joining the Rangers last year. ... Mariners 1B Justin Smoak is day to day after straining an oblique Saturday night. Morales started in his place. Michael Morse also is expected to see time at first base in Smoak's absence. ... Rangers manager Ron Washington said Neal Cotts will unable to pitch and Nathan and Tanner Scheppers likely won't be available for the Rangers doubleheader against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.