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April 11, 2012

Final: Mariners 4, Rangers 3 (Joe Nathan blows first save of season)

Joe Nathan blew his first save of the season against the Seattle Mariners.

Given a 3-1 lead, the Texas Rangers closer allowed three runs in the ninth and the Mariners left with a 4-3 victory on Wednesday night.

Nathan gave up a single to Justin Smoak to lead off the ninth, and then a double to Kyle Seager. The Mariners scored their first run of the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Jesus Montero and then had a game-tying double by Michael Saunders.

Nathan struck out Brendan Ryan, but Seattle took the lead on a single to center by No. 9 hitter John Jaso.

Mariners closer Brandon League earned the save, working around a one-out single by Mitch Moreland.

The blown save ruined what had been a good night for the Rangers. Colby Lewis threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings, and Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus had back-to-back homers in the seventh.

-- Drew Davison


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First Blown save but he also gave up a run April 7th against the CWS and took the loss in that game. He has had a hand in both of the Rangers losses.

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