ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)- The stumbling Seattle Mariners lost
their sixth game in a row tonight, bowing to the Texas Rangers 7-6
when previously unblemished All-Star closer J.J. Putz gave up a
two-run homer to Ramon Vazquez with two outs in the eighth inning.
By losing the finale of a four-game series at Arlington, Texas,
the second-place Mariners fell 3½ games behind the Los Angeles
Angels in the American League West. The Angels beat Oakland 7-6
The Mariners were swept in a four-game series by the last-place
Putz hadn't allowed a run in 16 road appearances this season and
had converted a majors-best 31 consecutive save chances since last
season, including all 29 this year.
Having not pitched since Friday, Putz came on with one on and
one out in the eighth. He struck out Gerald Laird, but Vazquez hit
a 414-foot drive to right-center, his fifth homer of the season.