Two-out rally powers Mariners past Rangers

BY foxsports • July 13, 2009

Chris Shelton made a nice impression on his new team and hurt his former club with one swing Sunday.

Shelton and Rob Johnson hit consecutive RBI singles with two out in the seventh inning, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 5-3 win over the Texas Rangers.

Shelton hit .216 in 41 games with the Rangers last season and agreed to a minor league deal with the Mariners in December. He batted .319 with 12 homers and 64 RBIs for Triple-A Tacoma before he was promoted Wednesday.

He grounded out in Friday's 6-4 loss to Texas in his only at-bat before coming up big Sunday in another pinch-hit appearance.

"I don't want to say you get used to it but just as long as you are prepared when you get called, that's the biggest thing," Shelton said of pinch hitting. "I was ready ... and I put a good swing on it today."

All-Star Ichiro Suzuki had two hits and drove in a run for the Mariners, raising his batting average to .362 and extending his hitting streak to 11 games.

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