Tommy Hunter left after throwing 104 pitches in six innings. (Kevin P. Casey/AP)
By Christian Caple / MLB.com
Rookie Tommy Hunter held the Mariners scoreless for six innings before turning the game over to the bullpen, but C.J. Wilson allowed a three-run shot in the eighth and Texas' lone run against Seattle ace Felix Hernandez was no longer enough in the first of four games between the rivals.
BATTING 2B: Suzuki, I (17, Wilson, C). HR: Gutierrez, F (10, 8th inning off Wilson, C, 2 on, 2 out). TB: Suzuki, I 4; Gutierrez, F 5; Johnson, Ro. RBI: Gutierrez, F 3 (35). 2-out RBI: Gutierrez, F 3. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Johnson, Ro; Lopez, Jo 2. SAC: Cedeno, R. GIDP: Lopez, Jo. Team RISP: 1-for-10. Team LOB: 6.
BASERUNNING SB: Suzuki, I (18, 2nd base off Hunter, T/Saltalamacchia).
Game Scores: Hunter, T , Hernandez, F . WP: Hernandez, F. IBB: Branyan (by Hunter, T). Pitches-strikes: Hunter, T 104-66, O'Day 10-9, Wilson, C 28-19, Hernandez, F 112-74, Aardsma 6-4. Groundouts-flyouts: Hunter, T 7-2, O'Day 2-0, Wilson, C 1-1, Hernandez, F 9-3, Aardsma 0-2. Batters faced: Hunter, T 24, O'Day 3, Wilson, C 6, Hernandez, F 27, Aardsma 3. Umpires: HP: Sam Holbrook.
1B: Dan Iassogna. 2B: Charlie Reliford. 3B: Larry Vanover. Weather: 68 degrees, partly cloudy. Wind:
4 mph, L to R. T: 2:19. Att: 24,814. Venue: Safeco Field. July 9, 2009 July 9, 2009
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner