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Mark Lowe

Rangers' unusual strategy pays off in 11-3 defeat of Mariners

SEATTLE It was an unusual strategy, but ultimately effective. With two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning and Seth Smith standing on second base representing the winning run in a 3-3 game, Rangers' manager Jeff Bannister decided he wanted no part of Nelson Cruz or Robinson Cano, who had beaten his team the night before with home runs. He preferred to take his chances with Jesus Montero. So Bannister had closer Shawn Tolleson walk both hitters, moving the potential winning run to third base and load the bases something that defies traditional baseball thinking. But the move was successful. Tolleson struck out Montero looking to end the inning. The Mariners' failure would cost...