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05/05/09 6:18 PM ET
Rainfall briefly halts play at Safeco
Roof closed during fifth inning of Mariners-Rangers game
By Jim Street / MLB.com
SEATTLE -- A stadium built to prevent rain delays was nearly the scene of one Tuesday afternoon. With one out in the bottom of the fifth inning and the Mariners looking for the first hit off Rangers right-hander Vicente Padilla, heavy rain began falling into Safeco Field, and before the retractable roof could be closed, home-plate umpire Paul Emmel temporarily stopped the game. Emmel conferred with Rangers manager Ron Washington for about a minute and then resumed the game. Padilla then struck out Adrian Beltre, but lost his no-hit bid on a single into left-center field by Wladimir Balentien. Safeco Field opened midway through the 1999 season.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.