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Rangers outslug Mariners to extend AL West lead

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SEATTLE -- The Texas Rangers haven't found themselves in many close games lately with only two this month being decided by less than four runs.

Texas manager Ron Washington expects that to change as the season winds down and the Rangers try to keep a hold on the AL West and earn a spot in the postseason.

The Rangers got their first taste of a tight victory on Saturday night with a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over the Seattle Mariners.

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"Every game as we move forward is going to be an adrenaline-type situation so it was nice," Washington said.

Texas had lost the two other close games by one run to both Tampa Bay and Oakland.

Josh Hamilton had four hits, including a homer, and drove in three runs to help Rangers outslug Mariners and extend their division lead to 4½ games over Los Angeles in the AL West. The Angels lost 6-2 to the Orioles.

The Rangers offense picked up a struggling Colby Lewis (13-10) and hit three solo home runs off Mariners' starter Anthony Vasquez in the third inning. Lewis allowed six runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings while striking out seven. It was the fifth time this year Lewis had given up six or more runs in a game. He'd taken the loss in each of those outings.

"I felt really good but overall I think I just had a couple brain farts really more than anything," Lewis said. "I'm glad we won. I'm glad everything worked out the way it did. The Angels lost and we inch closer."

Elvis Andrus homered into the Mariners bullpen in left field, Hamilton hit a line drive just over the wall down the right field line and Adrian Beltre crushed a first pitch from Vasquez (1-4) off the facade of the upper deck in left field to knot the game at 4-4.

"That was awesome," catcher Mike Napoli said. "It put us right back in the game. We fell down and the next inning we came up and put three runs up which was huge. Colby held it down for us and gave us a chance to come back and do what we did. It was a good team win tonight."

A leadoff walk to Gentry chased Vasquez from the game in the top of the fourth inning. After a walk by Ian Kinsler, Andrus singled to load the bases and Hamilton drove in two with a single to right field. Young brought home Andrus with a sacrifice fly as Texas took a 7-4 lead.

"It was nice to get back on track," manager Ron Washington said. "Last night [Blake] Beavan shut our bats down a little bit so it's nice once they jumped out front to show what we're all about and come back and swing the bats and we did that."

Mike Carp hit a two-run home run off Lewis into the right field seats in the fifth inning to pull Seattle within one.

Neftali Feliz pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his 27th save in 33 chances.

Ichiro Suzuki went 2 for 4 to pass Mickey Mantle and pull even with Pie Traynor for 110th on the all-time hits list with 2,416.

Napoli had three hits on the night including a leadoff double down the left field line in the second inning. Chris Gentry followed with a two-out single to left to score Napoli and give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.

The Mariners jumped on Lewis in the bottom half of the inning. Adam Kennedy and Brendan Ryan each singled and a walk to Trayvon Robinson loaded the bases. Suzuki came through with a bouncing single through the middle of the infield that scored Kennedy and Ryan to give Seattle the lead.

Kyle Seager followed with a double past a diving Michael Young to score two as Suzuki slid in ahead of the throw to the plate to give the Mariners a 4-1 cushion.

"I think there were a lot of guys that swung at the first pitch," Lewis said. "Maybe they were just trying to get ahead knowing that I was going to get ahead. I don't know. I felt really good but overall I think I just had a couple brain farts really more than anything."

Notes

  • Mariners SS Brendan Ryan left the game in the third inning with neck spasms and is listed as day to day. Ryan has been fighting the issue for much of the last week.
  • RHP Dan Cortes has a non-displaced fracture in his right hand that occurred in an off-field incident Thursday. The injury will take approximately three weeks to heal and the team's plan for Cortes to play winter ball should be unaffected.
  • 1B Justin Smoak is still day to day with a groin strain.
  • RHP Felix Hernandez (14-12, 3.30 ERA) takes on LHP Matt Harrison (12-9, 3.56 ERA) in the series finale on Sunday.
 
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Adrian Beltre crushes it to the upper deck in left field off Anthony Vasquez in the third inning as Texas makes its move. (Getty Images)
Adrian Beltre crushes it to the upper deck in left field off Anthony Vasquez in the third inning as Texas makes its move. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Texas

J. Hamilton
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
Seattle

I. Suzuki
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B4100113 .247
Elvis Andrus, SS5221000 .279
Josh Hamilton, LF5143010 .299
Michael Young, 1B2011200 .333
Adrian Beltre, 3B5111016 .287
Mike Napoli, C5130010 .317
Nelson Cruz, DH5010023 .269
    Esteban German, PR-DH0000000 .500
David Murphy, RF4110103 .272
Craig Gentry, CF3011001 .273
   a- Endy Chavez, PH-CF1000001 .298
Totals39714746  
a-grounded out for Gentry in the 7th
Batting
2B - Josh Hamilton (29, Wright), Mike Napoli 2 (24, Vasquez, Ruffin)
HR - Elvis Andrus (5, Vasquez), Josh Hamilton (23, Vasquez), Adrian Beltre (26, Vasquez)
SF - Michael Young (9)
RBI - Elvis Andrus (59), Josh Hamilton 3 (91), Michael Young (102), Adrian Beltre (92), Craig Gentry (11)
2-OUT RBI - Craig Gentry (4)
Team LOB - 10
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Colby Lewis (W,13-10) 5.2866171 4.45
Darren Oliver (H,15) 1.1000030 2.16
Mike Gonzalez (H,8) 0.1000010 4.38
Mike Adams (H,28) 0.2000000 1.46
Neftali Feliz (S,27) 1000020 2.98
Pitches-Strikes - Colby Lewis 94-66, Darren Oliver 19-14, Mike Gonzalez 5-3, Mike Adams 6-4, Neftali Feliz 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Colby Lewis 3-7, Darren Oliver 1-0, Mike Adams 1-1, Neftali Feliz 1-0
Batters Faced - Colby Lewis 26, Darren Oliver 4, Mike Gonzalez 1, Mike Adams 2, Neftali Feliz 3
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4122020 .273
Kyle Seager, 3B4122011 .258
Dustin Ackley, 2B4000023 .281
Mike Carp, 1B4112011 .278
Adam Kennedy, DH3110000 .234
   a- Wily Mo Pena, PH-DH1000000 .206
Josh Bard, C3000011 .210
   b- Miguel Olivo, PH-C1000000 .224
Brendan Ryan, SS1110000 .248
    Luis Rodriguez, SS3000030 .192
Trayvon Robinson, LF4010010 .236
Michael Saunders, CF2100111 .155
   c- Alex Liddi, PH1000010 .111
Totals35686113  
a-grounded out for Kennedy in the 8th
b-popped out for Bard in the 8th
c-struck out for Saunders in the 9th
Batting
2B - Kyle Seager (10, Lewis), Trayvon Robinson (12, Lewis)
HR - Mike Carp (10, Lewis)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 2 (43), Kyle Seager 2 (9), Mike Carp 2 (38)
2-OUT RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 2 (15), Kyle Seager 2 (5), Mike Carp 2 (15)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Ackley-Rodriguez-Carp
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Anthony Vasquez (L,1-4) 3755133 8.25
Jeff Gray 2.1422100 4.60
Cesar Jimenez 0.2000110 7.36
Chance Ruffin 1100010 3.46
Jamey Wright 2200110 3.26
IBB - Young by Jamey Wright
Pitches-Strikes - Anthony Vasquez 63-40, Jeff Gray 39-27, Cesar Jimenez 17-9, Chance Ruffin 23-13, Jamey Wright 29-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anthony Vasquez 1-5, Jeff Gray 4-3, Chance Ruffin 1-1, Jamey Wright 3-1
Batters Faced - Anthony Vasquez 17, Jeff Gray 12, Cesar Jimenez 3, Chance Ruffin 4, Jamey Wright 8
Game Information
Attendance - 22159
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Larry Vanover