The sixth inning was the turning point, and the seventh proved to be the knockout punch when the Mariners scored three more off of reliever Kazuo Fukumori. Jose Lopez's two-run double was the big hit of the inning, but Fukumori didn't help himself by walking fellow countryman Kenji Johjima with one out in the inning, plus throwing two wild pitches on cut fastballs that got past catcher Gerald Laird."Millwood was awesome," Washington said. "He gave us exactly what we wanted. They just busted it up when they got those three in the seventh. If Fuki can put up a zero there, it would have been a different ballgame. But we only scored two runs. There will be many more nights when we'll score more than two runs." Millwood seemed to out-pitch Mariners starter Erik Bedard, who struggled with his command for five innings and racked up a serious pitch total. The Rangers just couldn't finish the job against him. Bedard, who threw 77 pitches in three innings and 106 pitches over five, allowed three hits and walked four. But the only run he allowed was Young's first-inning home run. Bedard staved off further damage by holding the Rangers to 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position against him. That kept the Rangers from taking full advantage of Millwood's outing. "Millwood did great," Young said. "That's why I love playing behind him. He goes out there and competes and goes right after hitters. Unfortunately, we just couldn't help. He did a great job, we just let it slip away in the end." That's been a frustrating, recurring theme for Millwood and the Rangers on Opening Day.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less