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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers are seeing their lead in the American League West slip away.
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Texas lead in the division slipped to two games over Oakland, which beat Baltimore 5-2. It's as close as anyone has been to the Rangers since April 13 when the Rangers also led the division by two games.
The Rangers will play their final 17 games against AL West teams, including six against the Angels and seven against the A's.
Texas trailed 6-0 early before tying the game in the sixth inning.
"We fell behind early, and we fought and got back in it," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "But we just couldn't stop them."
Smoak had three hits, two runs and three RBI, helping Seattle build a 6-0 lead in the first three innings while sending Texas starter Scott Feldman to the bench after just 2 2/3 innings. Feldman, who had lost his last five starts going into the game, threw 71 pitches.
Dustin Ackley homered to lead off the third and Michael Saunders had a two-run triple. Saunders also had a RBI single in the first. Smoak scored Saunders with a single and Eric Thames plated Smoak to make it 6-0.
"They did hit some good pitches," Feldman said. "There were some pitches I threw where I wanted to and they hit them and others that got a little too much plate.
Martin Perez kept the Rangers in the game in relief of Feldman. He retired 13 of the 15 batters he faced, only allowing a walk and hitting a batter. He struck out five and became the first Texas reliever with over 4 1/3 innings pitched to allow no hits and no runs since Mark Brandenburg did the same in 4 2/3 innings against Seattle on July 6, 1996.
"I thought he was great," Washington said. "The kid came in and kept the ball down in the zone and had a good change up and was aggressive. He threw the ball extremely well."
Texas got on the board in the third after Seattle starter Jason Vargas walked the bases loaded. Nelson Cruz's sacrifice fly scored a run for the Rangers to make it 6-1, but Vargas struck out Michael Young to end the inning.
In the sixth, catcher Mike Napoli, in his first start after a stint on the 15-day disabled list because of a left quadriceps strain, hit a three-run home run to bring the Rangers within two, 6-4.
Napoli made his last rehab start at DH on Friday night for Double A Frisco by going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. Going into Saturday's game against the Mariners, Napoli joked that he told his Rangers teammates that he got those out of the way and `'left the strikeouts down there."
Cruz had an RBI single in the sixth and David Murphy a run-scoring ground out to tie it.
"This team never quits," Feldman said. "We kind of take it for granted sometimes what a competitive team we have and what a good team we have. They fought their way back and almost pulled it off in the end."
With the game tied 6-6 in the eighth, Tanner Scheppers relieved Perez and Smoak led off the inning with his 15th homer. He then had an RBI single in the ninth that scored John Jaso. Sheppers (1-1) took the loss, and after the game, Washington said he pulled Perez because he, "just felt like [Perez] was finished."
|Justin Smoak collects three hits, two runs and three RBI to lead the Mariners past the Rangers. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Dustin Ackley, 2B||4||1||1||1||1||1||0||.231|
|Franklin Gutierrez, CF||5||1||1||0||0||2||2||.265|
|Kyle Seager, 3B||5||1||1||0||0||1||0||.258|
|John Jaso, DH||2||1||1||0||2||0||0||.274|
|Munenori Kawasaki, PR-DH||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.190|
|Michael Saunders, LF||4||1||2||3||1||1||1||.252|
|Justin Smoak, 1B||4||2||3||3||1||0||2||.196|
|Miguel Olivo, C||5||0||0||0||0||1||3||.211|
|Eric Thames, RF||5||0||1||1||0||4||2||.236|
|Brendan Ryan, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.194|
|3B - Michael Saunders (3, Feldman)|
|HR - Dustin Ackley (12, Feldman), Justin Smoak (15, Scheppers)|
|RBI - Dustin Ackley (50), Michael Saunders 3 (49), Justin Smoak 3 (44), Eric Thames (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - Michael Saunders (13), Eric Thames (10)|
|SB - Brendan Ryan (11, 2nd base off Scheppers/Napoli)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|E - Justin Smoak (3, Throwing)|
|Shawn Kelley (H,6)||0.2||2||2||2||2||0||0||3.43|
|Lucas Luetge (BS,1; W,2-1)||0.2||0||0||0||1||0||0||3.29|
|Josh Kinney (H,8)||0.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.81|
|Charlie Furbush (H,6)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.42|
|Tom Wilhelmsen (S,27)||1.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.45|
|IBB - Young by Shawn Kelley, Napoli by Lucas Luetge|
|HBP - Napoli (by Jason Vargas)|
|WP - Shawn Kelley (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Vargas 104-58, Shawn Kelley 21-9, Lucas Luetge 9-4, Josh Kinney 10-6, Charlie Furbush 4-3, Tom Wilhelmsen 19-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Vargas 4-9, Shawn Kelley 1-1, Lucas Luetge 2-0, Tom Wilhelmsen 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Jason Vargas 27, Shawn Kelley 6, Lucas Luetge 3, Josh Kinney 2, Charlie Furbush 1, Tom Wilhelmsen 6|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||4||1||0||0||1||1||1||.265|
|Elvis Andrus, DH||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||.296|
|Josh Hamilton, CF||3||1||1||0||2||1||1||.286|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||4||1||1||0||1||0||2||.318|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||4||1||3||2||0||0||0||.258|
|Michael Young, 1B||4||1||1||0||1||1||3||.270|
|David Murphy, LF||5||0||1||1||0||0||3||.313|
|Mike Napoli, C||3||1||2||3||1||0||2||.227|
|Jurickson Profar, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||6||.231|
|a- Mitch Moreland, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.279|
|a-struck out for Profar in the 9th|
|2B - Josh Hamilton (26, Vargas), Nelson Cruz (37, Vargas), Michael Young (23, Vargas)|
|HR - Mike Napoli (18, Vargas)|
|SF - Nelson Cruz (2)|
|RBI - Nelson Cruz 2 (84), David Murphy (55), Mike Napoli 3 (43)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|Tanner Scheppers (L,1-1)||1||2||1||1||1||2||1||4.20|
|IBB - Ackley by Tanner Scheppers|
|HBP - Jaso (by Martin Perez)|
|WP - Scott Feldman (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 71-46, Martin Perez 56-29, Tanner Scheppers 23-14, Alexi Ogando 28-20|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 5-1, Martin Perez 4-4|
|Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 17, Martin Perez 15, Tanner Scheppers 6, Alexi Ogando 6|
|Attendance - 47267|
|Game Time - 3:27|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Tim Welke|