M's Snap Skid Against Texas

By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2008 12:06 AM CDT
Seattle Mariners' Richie Sexson (44) is congratulated by teammate Yuniesky Betancourt, right, after Sexson hit a home run in the third inning of an MLB baseball game in Seattle on Monday, May 5, 2008.   (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)
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(Newser) – Wladimir Balentien and Richie Sexson homered to back starter Jarrod Washburn and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 7-3 on Monday night to end a five-game losing streak. Washburn had a 7-0 lead and had allowed just one hit entering the seventh. He gave up three consecutive hits then left with tightness in his right calf.

Washburn (2-4) beat Texas for the first time in three years, a run of 10 starts. Kevin Millwood (2-3) allowed nine hits and seven runs in three innings, his shortest start of the season, and lost his 10th consecutive road decision. That ties the franchise record by Joe McClain of the Washington Senators in 1961-62.