SEATTLE — Lance Berkman hit a three-run homer, Jeff Baker had a two-run shot, and David Murphy delivered a two-run single as the Rangers backed Justin Grimm en route to a 9-5 victory Friday over the Mariners at Safeco Field.
Baker’s homer, his fifth, came with two outs in the second off Joe Saunders and lifted the Rangers into a 2-1 lead. Berkman’s blast, his fourth, came in the third and broke a 2-2 tie.
With the Rangers leading 6-3 in the seventh, Nelson Cruz singled up the middle for a two-out RBI single and, after A.J. Pierzynski walked to fill the bases, Murphy dumped a soft single into left to make it 9-3.
Murphy had pinch-hit for Baker in the sixth, so the Rangers got four RBIs from their left fielders.
Grimm allowed two-out runs in each of the first three innings and allowed 10 hits, but he pitched into the seventh. He got the first out of the inning before giving way to Neal Cotts.
Grimm (4-3) benefited in the second inning from a blown call on the back end of a double play. Jesus Sucre was called out at first even though Grimm had caught the ball before it got to first baseman Mitch Moreland.
Brendan Ryan followed with a two-out RBI double, but the Mariners could have had a bigger inning.
-- Jeff Wilson