Rangers Shut Out Mariners After Benches Clear

Seattle held scoreless for 22 straight innings
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2008 1:02 AM CDT
Texas Rangers pitcher Kason Gabbard is tackled by Seattle Mariners' Richie Sexson (44) after Gobbard threw a pitch close to Sexson in the fourth inning of an MLB baseball game in Seattle last night.   (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)
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(Newser) – Ian Kinsler hit a two-run homer and then got hit by a pitch, setting up a fourth-inning brawl in the Texas Rangers' 5-0 win over the Seattle Mariners last night. Richie Sexson charged the mound and flung his helmet at Rangers starter Kason Gabbard after the left-hander threw a pitch to him. Both benches cleared, but no punches were thrown. Sexson was ejected.

Gabbard, who had just come off the disabled list, gave up just two hits in 3 2-3 innings. He and German combined with Jamey Wright, Eddie Guardado, and Frank Francisco in the win. Seattle hasn't scored in 22 straight innings. Felix Hernandez (2-3) went five innings, allowing four walks and six hits. Ramon Vazquez had four hits, including a sixth-inning RBI double.