The Texas Rangers blew open the game in the bottom of the eighth inning as they scored seven runs to defeat the Seattle Mariners 9-3. Heading into the eighth inning the Rangers only led 2-1, but the scoring outburst began when center fielder Josh Hamilton hit a RBI double, then on the very next batter David Murphy hit into a fielders choice and Hamilton was able to score on a throwing error to put the Rangers up 4-1.
The two big scoring plays came when catcher Geovany Soto hit a two RBI double, and then a bases clearing triple by shortstop Elvis Andrus which put the Rangers to go up 9-1.
The Mariners tried to rally in the bottom of the ninth as they scored a pair of runs, but relief pitcher Michael Kirkman gained his composure to close out the game.
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