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Seager's homer in 10th inning lifts Mariners over Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Kyle Seager loves playing at Texas. Not so much for the rest of the Seattle Mariners.

This time, everyone is having a nice time in the Lone Star State.

Seager hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, and the Mariners won consecutive games at Rangers Ballpark for the first time in more than a year with a 4-2 victory on Wednesday night.

Seager was mired in a 1-for-19 skid coming into the series, but he has five hits in the first two games against the Rangers, who dropped to 30-14 at home against Seattle since 2009. The third baseman is a .361 hitter with four homers and 11 RBIs in 20 career games at Texas.

Michael Saunders walked on a full-count pitch with two out before Seager connected against Robbie Ross (4-2) for his third hit of the game. Seager's 12th homer landed in the first row of seats in right field.

"I knew I hit it pretty good, but it didn't really get too high for me," Seager said. "I was hoping. Let's put it that way."

Charlie Furbush (2-4) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the win, and Tom Wilhelmsen was perfect in the 10th for his 17th save in 22 chances.

The Mariners last won two straight in Texas on May 29-30, 2012, when they took the last two of a three-game series. Seattle will go for its first sweep in Texas since 2002 on Thursday night.

"It's always good to win within your division," manager Eric Wedge said. "It's always better to do that on the road within your division. The guys have done a nice job the last couple of nights."

David Murphy and Ian Kinsler homered in the fifth inning against Felix Hernandez, giving Texas a 2-1 lead. The leadoff shot by Murphy ended a four-game streak without a homer for the Rangers, their longest in more than two years.

It also was the first homer for Murphy since June 9, and his first RBI since June 11.

Kinsler, who spent nearly a month on the disabled list with a rib fracture, sent the 11th pitch of his at-bat against Hernandez a few rows deep in left field for his first homer since May 8.

"They're pretty tough," Hernandez said. "Those two homers, I just fell behind against Murphy ... and Kinsler put in a great at-bat. I just missed my location and he hit it out of the ballpark."

The Mariners pulled even with a run in the sixth, ending Derek Holland's night with a 37-pitch inning that included three straight full counts.

The last of the three full counts came against Mike Zunino, who battled back from an 0-2 count for a tying infield single on a hopper that Adrian Beltre couldn't handle behind the bag at third.

Raul Ibanez and Kendrys Morales opened the inning with singles, and Justin Smoak walked with one out, also after falling behind 0-2. Dustin Ackley struck out on a full count before Zunino's hit brought home Ibanez.

"It was frustrating on my part," Holland said. "I was 0-2 and I let that get away from me. That's upsetting to me. I had him put away and I let him get away."

Texas center fielder Leonys Martin went 0 for 4 to end the longest active hitting streak in the majors at 15 games.

The Rangers fell to 0-3 in extra innings at home and were held to two runs for the second straight game a few hours after announcing they had agreed to a minor league deal with 41-year-old slugger Manny Ramirez, acknowledging their need for a right-handed power bat.

"I think my offense last night got shut down by (Joe) Saunders," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I think today it was pitching again. There's nothing wrong with my offense. We'll just continue to battle and see where it goes."

Holland, making his first outing since a two-hit shutout in a 2-0 win at Yankee Stadium, gave up a leadoff home run to Jason Bay on the fourth pitch of the game.

The Mariners had runners at first and third with no outs in the second after singles by Seager and Smoak, but Holland got a shallow fly ball from Dustin Ackley that forced Seager to hold up after going a third of the way down the line. Holland then struck out Zunino and got Brad Miller on a fly ball to center.

Holland struck out 10 and had seven hits and two walks on his line.

Hernandez gave up four extra-base hits, matching the Texas total from its previous four games combined. Besides the homers from Murphy and Kinsler, Nelson Cruz doubled with two outs in the first and Beltre had a leadoff double that was followed by three straight outs in the sixth.

Elvis Andrus grounded into an inning-ending double play with two on in the seventh to wrap up the night for Hernandez, who gave up seven hits and struck out seven in his third straight no-decision.

"It was not bad," Hernandez said. "I think last year I didn't pitch here, but today I was just trying to make good pitches. In this ballpark when the ball flies, I just try to keep the ball down and make good pitches."

Notes

  • Rangers RHP Alexi Ogando came through a bullpen session Wednesday with no setbacks and will make a rehab start Saturday at Round Rock. He likely will make at least two rehab starts.
  • Hernandez hasn't won at Rangers Ballpark since Sept. 28, 2010. His last loss this season came against Texas on May 25.
  • Martin stole a base for the sixth straight game, matching a Texas record set by John Lowenstein in 1978.
  • Rangers DH Lance Berkman returned after missing four games with a sore right knee and went 1 for 4.
 
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Kyle Seager rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the 10th inning, giving the Mariners a win. (USATSI)
Kyle Seager rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the 10th inning, giving the Mariners a win. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Texas

D. Murphy
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Seattle

K. Seager
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jason Bay, RF5111030 .220
Nick Franklin, 2B5000010 .287
Raul Ibanez, LF5110030 .246
Kendrys Morales, DH3010100 .282
Kyle Seager, 3B5132002 .276
Justin Smoak, 1B4030111 .255
Dustin Ackley, CF4000117 .198
Mike Zunino, C4011024 .226
Brad Miller, SS4000035 .158
Totals394104414  
Batting
HR - Jason Bay (11, Holland), Kyle Seager (12, Ross)
RBI - Jason Bay (20), Kyle Seager 2 (38), Mike Zunino (4)
2-OUT RBI - Kyle Seager 2 (15), Mike Zunino (2)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Seager-Smoak
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felix Hernandez 7722272 2.69
Yoervis Medina 0.1100010 2.70
Charlie Furbush (W,2-4) 1.2000000 3.69
Tom Wilhelmsen (S,17) 1000000 3.68
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 107-71, Yoervis Medina 12-8, Charlie Furbush 20-12, Tom Wilhelmsen 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 5-8, Charlie Furbush 1-4, Tom Wilhelmsen 2-1
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 29, Yoervis Medina 2, Charlie Furbush 5, Tom Wilhelmsen 3
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B4111110 .282
Elvis Andrus, SS5000011 .242
Nelson Cruz, RF5010030 .273
Adrian Beltre, 3B4020011 .298
A.J. Pierzynski, C4010002 .280
Lance Berkman, DH4010013 .263
Mitch Moreland, 1B4000013 .264
David Murphy, LF3121100 .224
Leonys Martin, CF4000003 .291
Totals3728228  
Batting
2B - Nelson Cruz (16, Hernandez), Adrian Beltre (20, Hernandez)
HR - Ian Kinsler (8, Hernandez), David Murphy (9, Hernandez)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (30), David Murphy (28)
SB - Leonys Martin (18, 2nd base off Hernandez/Zunino)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Andrus-Kinsler-Moreland
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Derek Holland 67222101 3.13
Neal Cotts 1000020 0.38
Tanner Scheppers 1100100 1.51
Joe Nathan 1000020 1.47
Robbie Ross (L,4-2) 1222101 2.27
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Holland 104-69, Neal Cotts 12-9, Tanner Scheppers 15-8, Joe Nathan 12-9, Robbie Ross 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Holland 1-7, Tanner Scheppers 2-0, Robbie Ross 1-2
Batters Faced - Derek Holland 27, Neal Cotts 3, Tanner Scheppers 4, Joe Nathan 3, Robbie Ross 6
Game Information
Attendance - 39468
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Chad Fairchild