Surging Rangers Top Mariners

By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2008 11:32 PM CDT
Seattle Mariners second baseman Jose Lopez (4) and Texas Rangers Gerald Laird, right, look upward at second base umpire Fieldin Culbreth, as he calls Laird safe on the sixth inning play.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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(Newser) – Ramon Vazquez hurt the Seattle Mariners for the second straight night. Vazquez drove in the go-ahead run with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly and the surging Texas Rangers beat Seattle 5-2 on Tuesday night. Vazquez went deep in the 10th inning Monday night to give the Rangers a 13-12 victory over the Mariners in the opener of the three-game series.

He finished with two RBIs in the second game as Texas won for the 12th time in 14 games. Gerald Laird hit a leadoff single against Seattle starter Felix Hernandez in the sixth, and took second when left fielder Raul Ibanez bobbled the ball for an error. Laird, who went 2-for-3 and reached base four times, advanced to third on Chris Shelton's sacrifice and scored on Vazquez's flyball to put Texas in front 3-2.