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TEX@SEA: Wedge on Mariners' eighth straight loss

SEATTLE -- The good news: Seattle finally scored a run. 

The bad news: One run won't win many ballgames. 

Such was the case Saturday night, as the Mariners couldn't use the good vibes from a pregame ceremony honoring the 10th anniversary of the 2001 116-win club in a 5-1 loss to the Rangers in front of 30,896 at Safeco Field. 

"I don't think that we've been a very good offensive club all year," said Seattle manager Eric Wedge. "I think you're seeing the worst of it right now."

The troubles are at new depths for the Mariners and Wedge, who was tossed in the eighth inning after asking for an explanation for a called balk. The Mariners lost a season-high eighth consecutive game and for the 12th time in 16 games. The American League West-leading Rangers have now won a season-best 10 straight games, the third-longest winning streak in club history.

The clubhouse was about as silent as Seattle's bats after the loss.

"Each hitter, to a man, has to take full responsibility for what they're doing or what they are not doing," Wedge said. "Until you're able to look into the mirror and be 100-percent honest with yourself about what you're not doing and why, then it's not going to get better."

Things aren't getting better for the Mariners, who are now 10 1/2 games back of Texas, and have lost three straight games while scoring just one run in the past three days. 

On Saturday, it was the same story that has been hurting the club all season: a solid outing from the starter -- Felix Hernandez was the latest case -- and not enough runs to support him. 

The struggles at the plate reached a record-breaking low when the Mariners set a club record after going scoreless in 30 consecutive innings. The previous mark was set at 29 innings without a run in 2004. 

An RBI single from Ichiro Suzuki in the fifth inning stopped the streak and evened the score at 1. But it was one of just six Seattle hits all night, and the Rangers mustered more than enough offense off Hernandez.

Ian Kinsler belted Hernandez's third pitch of the game over the left-field wall -- the first leadoff homer the Seattle ace has allowed in 193 career starts -- and provided insurance with his second home run of the game in the eighth, a pitch Hernandez said he left right over the middle.

Hernandez was solid otherwise, scattering nine hits and giving up four runs in eight innings of work. 

He got some bad luck in the sixth inning when a fan along the first-base line got in the way of Ichiro, who was in position to catch an Elvis Andrus popup a row into the stands. Seconds later, Andrus lined a base knock to center field, scoring Endy Chavez from second that became the decisive run.

Rangers southpaw C.J. Wilson went seven innings, giving up the lone run in the fifth on just five hits. In three starts against Seattle this season, Wilson is 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA.

"Obviously, going up against a Cy Young winner like Felix, it's a challenge," said Wilson, who won his sixth straight decision. "You know you're not going to get too much because he has great stuff. The first-inning home run took the pressure off both me and the offense."

Meanwhile, Hernandez fell to 8-8 on the year -- the 25-year-old hasn't won since June 24. The righty was called for a balk in the eighth inning, apparently a result of moving his right foot toward the plate.

"I was doing that all night," Hernandez said. "You going to call that in the eighth inning? I don't know about that."

There was one positive that Wedge took from Saturday's loss: Things can only get better.

"The upside to being in that type of funk is there's only one way to go," he said. "Fortunately for us, we got a lot of baseball to play. We're going to find out what we're made of here.

"You can't give into it, can't feel sorry for yourself. You have to believe that you're going to come out of it and you have to believe that there's success ahead. That's the way you have to come to the ballpark thinking each and every day."

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