SEATTLE (AP) - Prior to Saturday night's game against the Texas Rangers, the Seattle Mariners celebrated the 10th anniversary of their 116 win AL West champion squad.
It didn't take long for the Mariners to remember that 2001 was a long time ago.
Ian Kinsler hit a leadoff home run off Mariners ace Felix Hernandez and added a second homer in the eighth inning as the Mariners fell 5-1 to the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers winning streak is the longest in the majors this season. For the Mariners, it was their season-high eighth straight loss.
C.J. Wilson (10-3) allowed just one run over seven innings and struck out seven in shutting down an inept Mariners lineup that has scored just one run in their last 35 innings.
``I've said it before, and I'll keep saying this: we are going to come out of this,' manager Eric Wedge said. ``We are going through a tough stretch right now, but we going to get to a point where we can count on our guys offensively to do their part. Sure as hell doesn't look like it right now but we are going to get there.'
Kinsler hit his fifth leadoff home run of the season off Hernandez (8-8) as the Rangers jumped on top early.
Wilson allowed just one hit and a walk to the floundering Mariners offense over the first four innings pushing the Mariners scoreless inning streak to a franchise-record 30 straight innings without a run.
Franklin Gutierrez led off the fifth inning with a single and stole second base to get into scoring position with no one out. Ichiro Suzuki delivered a two-out single to center to break their scoring drought and even the game at 1-1.
Endy Chavez led off the sixth inning with a single to right and moved to second on a sacrifice from Kinsler. Elvis Andrus singled to drive in Chavez and put Texas back on top.
``As soon as we scored that second run, I knew we were going to win,' Wilson said.
Kinsler hit his second home run with one out in the eighth inning. As soon as Kinsler connected, Hernandez threw a punch in the air in obvious disgust as the ball sailed into the left field seats.
``The first one was a pretty good pitch it was inside the other one was right in the middle of the plate,' Hernandez said.
Andrus picked up his third hit of the night on a single to left field. Hernandez balked to move Andrus to second prompting manager Eric Wedge to vehemently argue with second base umpire Fieldin Culbreath before getting tossed from the game.
``I was just looking for an explanation,' Wedge said. ``(Culbreath) said I couldn't even come out. There was another crew that we were with before who said you could come out as long as you didn't argue. I was told tonight as soon as I came out they had no choice, they were going to toss me. So they need to get on the same page.'
A wild pitch then moved Andrus to third and he scored on a chopper back to the mound from Josh Hamilton that Hernandez nonchalantly tossed to first base allowing Andrus to score.
``Just being heads up,' Rangers manager Ron Washington said. ``Ground ball hit back to him and Elvis went down the line and froze him and pretended like he was going back and (Hernandez) lobbed it over there and Elvis took advantage of it and he beat the throw. That's a part of our game also. It's exciting.'
Jamey Wright replaced Hernandez and gave up a single to Adrian Beltre and double to Nelson Cruz to score Beltre from first that gave Texas a 5-1 cushion.
``I don't think we have been a very good offensive club all year,' Wedge said. ``You are seeing the worst of it right now. The upside to being in that bad of a funk there is only one way to go. Fortunately for us we have a lot of baseball to play, we are going to find out what we are made of here. You can't give into it, can't feel sorry for yourself you have to believe you're going to come out of it, believe there is success ahead and that's the way you have to come to the ballpark each and every day.'
Notes: Boston previously held the longest win streak this season with nine straight from June 3 to June 12. ... Texas had their streak of 33 consecutive scoreless innings snapped in the fifth inning. The streak tied for second longest in franchise history. ... The Mariners set a franchise record going 30 innings without scoring a run. The previous mark of 29 straight innings was set from June 7 to June 11, 2004. ... Seattle honored the 2001 team in a ceremony before the game marking the 10th anniversary of their 116 win season with more than 20 members of the squad in attendance. ... It was Kinsler's second multi-home run game of the season and ninth of his career.
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