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SEATTLE (AP) – Coming back to Safeco Field was a mistake for Alex Rodriguez. Two of them.

Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez watches a called third strike delivered by Jamie Moyer in the fourth inning.
The $252 million shortstop made two errors and went 1-for-3 at the plate as his Texas Rangers lost to Seattle Mariners for the second straight day, 6-4, Tuesday night.

"We didn't execute," a frustrated Rodriguez said. "We had our opportunities. All I'm looking for is wins and execution. I wasn't happy with the way we played and I wasn't happy with the way I played."

John Olerud and Carlos Guillen hit two-run homers for the Mariners, 4-1 against Texas this season and 11-3 overall, the best start in their history.

Ichiro Suzuki, a seven-time batting champion in Japan, went 4-for-4 with a triple and an RBI, raising his batting average to .377. The right fielder robbed Rafael Palmeiro of a possible home run in the second, catching a drive at the top of the fence.

While the crowd of 34,536 lustily booed Rodriguez for the second straight game, it chanted "Ichiro! Ichiro!" before his triple. Fans then gave him a standing ovation after it.

Suzuki said through a translator that he understood fans' reaction to Rodriguez.

"It is very tough for a ballplayer to get proud and to keep his dignity," Suzuki said. "There is not much difference between love and hate."

Rodriguez, a four-time All-Star, threw low to first on Edgar Martinez's first-inning grounder and misplayed Mike Cameron's grounder in the seventh. Rodriguez has three errors in 15 games; last year, he had 10 in 148.

Rodriguez is 2-for-8 during his first series in Seattle with Texas and 6-for-19 (.316) with no homers and two RBI in the five games against the Mariners. In 10 other games this season, he's 13-for-36 (.361) with four homers and 13 RBI.

There were more signs deriding Rodriguez and one fan stood up in the fourth holding a throw rug-sized poster designed to look like a dollar bill.

There also were real dollar bills with "A Wad" written on them that floated down from the upper decks.

"We have to rebound and come up with a crisp performance tomorrow night, like we played in Oakland," said Rodriguez, whose Rangers swept a series against the Athletics before coming to Seattle. "Tomorrow night will be a big game for us."

A subdued Rodriguez sat slumped in a chair in front of his cubicle about 45 minutes after the game.

"I want to beat the heck out of you guys, that's all I want to do," he told the Seattle media. "I'm a Texas Ranger now. I'm very proud to be one. Maybe we can start a new rivalry. Who knows?"

Olerud left the New York Mets as a free agent after the 1999 season to return to Seattle, his native city.

"It's too bad it has to be like this," Olerud said of the fans' treatment of Rodriguez. "I think they're just frustrated because he's such a great player and they hated to see him leave. But it's been pretty rough. I feel bad for him."

Olerud gave the Mariners a 2-0 lead in the first when he homered for the first time this season following Rodriguez's first error.

Guillen hit his first homer of the season in the second after Al Martin, off to a 1-for-24 start, singled and stole second.

Jamie Moyer (2-0) allowed four runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings to beat Texas for the first time in seven starts since July 10, 1999. He gave up a two-run homer to Ken Caminiti in the fifth after inning Ivan Rodriguez's single.

Rick Helling (0-3) gave up six runs -- four earned -- and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings, his first loss in 12 starts to Seattle since May 21, 1995. He allowed a double to Mark McLemore and Suzuki's RBI single for Seattle's fifth run in the fifth.

Trailing 5-2, the Rangers chased Moyer on Ruben Mateo's RBI double with two out in the seventh. Rusty Greer followed with an RBI single off Arthur Rhodes.

Kazuhiro Sasaki pitched the ninth inning for his major league-leading seventh save in eight opportunities.

Rodriguez's second error allowed Suzuki to score from third.

Game notes
Texas manager Johnny Oates was ejected for the first time this season. Plate umpire Dan Morrison threw him out when Oates came out to take Helling out in the seventh after Suzuki's triple. Oates apparently was arguing balls and strikes. He would not talk about the reason for his ejection after the game. ... Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 12 games to tie the franchise's record for a rookie. Ricky Nelson (1983) and Danny Tartabull (1986) also did it. ... The Mariners' homers were their first of the season at Safeco Field.

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