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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."
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.
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."
|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|
|Jason Bay, RF||5||1||1||1||0||3||0||.220|
|Nick Franklin, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||1||0||.287|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||5||1||1||0||0||3||0||.246|
|Kendrys Morales, DH||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.282|
|Kyle Seager, 3B||5||1||3||2||0||0||2||.276|
|Justin Smoak, 1B||4||0||3||0||1||1||1||.255|
|Dustin Ackley, CF||4||0||0||0||1||1||7||.198|
|Mike Zunino, C||4||0||1||1||0||2||4||.226|
|Brad Miller, SS||4||0||0||0||0||3||5||.158|
|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|
|DP - Seager-Smoak|
|Charlie Furbush (W,2-4)||1.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.69|
|Tom Wilhelmsen (S,17)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||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|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||4||1||1||1||1||1||0||.282|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||5||0||0||0||0||1||1||.242|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||5||0||1||0||0||3||0||.273|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.298|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.280|
|Lance Berkman, DH||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.263|
|Mitch Moreland, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.264|
|David Murphy, LF||3||1||2||1||1||0||0||.224|
|Leonys Martin, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.291|
|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|
|DP - Andrus-Kinsler-Moreland|
|Robbie Ross (L,4-2)||1||2||2||2||1||0||1||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|
|Attendance - 39468|
|Game Time - 3:07|
|Temperature - 89|
|Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Chad Fairchild|