Wilson comes through, leads M's to win
Moyer gave up two runs in 6.2 innings (Getty)
Moyer gave up two runs in 6.2 innings (Getty)

Posted Jul 6, 2003

On a night when the Mariners desperately needed to prove to themselves that they could pull out a late-inning win, they did just that. The victory, combined with an Oakland loss, pushed the Mariners seven games ahead of the A's in the American League West.

In baseball, often termed a "game of inches," luck factors into every game.

But there's more to baseball than fortune; there are plenty of reasons why winning baseball teams pull out victories in the late innings and losing teams find a way to fail time and time again.

In the second game of Seattle's three-game series at Texas, the Mariners showed the Rangers this, doing the little things right to win 3-2 in 10 innings Saturday night.

Dan Wilson's sharp single through the right side of the infield scored Randy Winn from second for the decisive run.

Tied at two heading into the extra frame, Winn greeted Texas closer Ugueth Urbina into the game with a single just inside the right-field foul line.

Jeff Cirillo, who had one of the best offensive games of his Seattle career with two doubles, laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance Winn to second base.

That led to Wilson's go-ahead base hit.

Seattle (55-31) moved seven games ahead of Oakland in the American League West. Oakland, losers of six of their last 10 games, fell to Anaheim Saturday.

Rafael Soriano, who pitched a scoreless ninth inning to drop his ERA to 1.69, earned his first-career major league win.

Soriano was 0-3 last season and didn't have a decision in 2003 entering the game.

Shigetoshi Hasegawa shut down the Rangers (34-52) in the 10th to earn his third save.

Jeff Nelson and Arthur Rhodes had already pitched, leaving Hasegawa with the closing duties. Rhodes recorded the final out of the seventh in relief of Jamie Moyer, while Nelson pitched a scoreless eighth inning.

Moyer limited Texas to two runs on nine hits in 6.2 innings. He struck out three and walked one along the way.

The hard-throwing John Thomson started for Texas and allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings. Francisco Cordero shut down the M's in the eighth and ninth before giving away to Urbina.

Urbina dropped to 0-4 on the year.

Seattle used "small ball" to get on the board first in the third inning. Cirillo delived a double to lead off the inning. The next batter, Wilson, grounded out to advance him to third. Then, Ichiro Suzuki grounded to second base, scoring Cirillo.

The Rangers answered an inning later, when Rafael Palmeiro walked and Juan Gonzalez unloaded on a Moyer fastball for a two-run homer.

That was Gonzalez' second homerun against Seattle in as many days, and made it a 2-1 affair.

A sacrifice fly by Cirillo in the seventh inning scored Willie Bloomquist, and knotted the game at two.

That set the stage for Wilson, who came to the plate 0-3 on the day with one homer and 21 RBI on the year, to deliver his biggest hit of the season - a game winner.

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2B Willie Bloomquist (profile)
3B Jeff Cirillo (profile)
P Shigetoshi Hasegawa (profile)
P Jamie Moyer (profile)
P Jeff Nelson (profile)
P Arthur Rhodes (profile)
P Rafael Soriano (profile)
RF Ichiro Suzuki (profile)
C Dan Wilson (profile)
LF Randy Winn (profile)
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