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Mariners 6, Rangers 5

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SEATTLE -- Less than a week ago, nothing was going right for Kyle Seager and the Mariners. Since then Seager just keeps hitting home runs and Seattle has started to see some wins.

Seager hit a pair of homers Sunday, including a three-run shot in the eighth, to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 6-5 comeback win against the Texas Rangers. Seager has five homers in his last four games, a power surge that started with a two-homer game against the Astros on Wednesday. Before that game, Seager was hitting .156 with no home runs and two RBI, a slump that matched the team's performance -- Seattle lost its eighth straight game Tuesday.

In the four games since, he's gone 8 for 15, added five homers and 11 RBI and raised his season average to .228 while the Mariners have won three of the four. He's also had at least two hits in all four games, tying a career-best streak.

''It's been a good run. I think if you continue to stay with the program and not panic, hopefully it'll come around sooner or later,'' Seager said. ''It's been feeling good for a little while. The results obviously weren't what I was hoping for, but it was starting to come around.''

The Mariners fell behind 5-0 to Texas early before Seager led the late rally. Seager led off the seventh inning with his first home run and then gave Seattle the lead with his two-out shot down the right field line in the eighth off Alexi Ogando (1-2).

''There's nothing like positive results,'' Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. ''When you start to get some positive results you feel better about what you're doing and how you're doing it.''

The comeback victory also gave the Mariners their first home series win against Texas since September 2012.

The homers more than made up for an earlier missed opportunity, when Seager struck out with the bases loaded to end the fourth inning.

''I thought we had him for a minute,'' Texas manager Ron Washington said. ''I thought he was slumping. But I guess he's not.''

Danny Farquhar (1-0) pitched the eighth to earn the win and Fernando Rodney closed out the ninth for his fifth save.

Rangers starter Matt Harrison made his first appearance in more than a year, giving up two runs on three hits in six innings.

Harrison was activated from the disabled list before the game to make his first appearance since April 6, 2013. Harrison was the Rangers' opening day starter last season but only pitched two games before going on the disabled list with an inflamed nerve in his lower back. He had two back surgeries in a nine-day span a year ago, and another surgery on his right side in September. He battled stiffness in his back and neck during spring training, starting the season on the disabled list.

''Glad to be back,'' Harrison said. ''It's been a long road.''

Harrison had no problems in the first three innings, retiring the first nine batters he faced. But a lengthy top of the fourth -- the Rangers had eight batters and scored three runs to take the 5-0 lead - seemed to affect Harrison as he came out for the bottom of the inning.

Harrison walked Michael Saunders to lead off the fourth, and Robinson Cano got the Mariners' first hit with a one-out, run-scoring double. Harrison gave up another single and a walk to load the bases with two outs before Seager's strikeout.

Harrison gave up another run in the sixth when Cano singled and later scored on Harrison's wild pitch to cut the Rangers' lead to 5-2.

Seattle starter Brandon Maurer was knocked out in the fourth inning after giving up five runs on seven hits, but the Mariners' bullpen - Seattle used six pitchers on the day -- gave up just one hit the rest of the way.

''They saved us,'' McClendon said. ''It's hard to win games when your bullpen is giving you four, five innings. It's hard to win, and they shut it down. They threw up zeros.''

Notes

McClendon gave his usual Nos. 1 and 2 hitters - OF Abraham Almonte and SS Brad Miller - the day off. Both players have been struggling offensively, with Almonte hitting .204 and Miller .174. ''We'll give them both some time off and hopefully they'll bounce back,'' McClendon said. ... Texas optioned IF Luis Sardinas to Double-A Frisco before the game. There had been speculation the Rangers would place OF Shin-Soo Choo, who hasn't played since his hurting his left ankle at Oakland on Monday, on the DL to make room for Harrison. Washington said the Rangers are waiting to see if Choo will be able to play soon.

 
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Players of the Game
Texas

A. Rios
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Seattle

K. Seager
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
 
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Choice, LF4011100 .217
Elvis Andrus, SS4000111 .253
Prince Fielder, 1B3000112 .209
Adrian Beltre, 3B4110002 .293
Alex Rios, RF4220000 .330
Mitch Moreland, DH4121020 .279
Robinson Chirinos, C4010013 .220
Leonys Martin, CF4112012 .309
Josh Wilson, 2B4000032 .277
Matt Harrison, P0000000 .000
   Shawn Tolleson, P0000000 .000
   Alexi Ogando, P0000000 .000
Totals3558439  
Batting
2B - Michael Choice (1, Maurer), Adrian Beltre (5, Maurer), Mitch Moreland (5, Maurer)
RBI - Michael Choice (8), Mitch Moreland (9), Leonys Martin 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Choice (2)
SB - Leonys Martin (7, 2nd base off Maurer/Buck)
Team LOB - 6
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Harrison 6322240 3.00
Shawn Tolleson (H,1) 1111111 3.60
Alexi Ogando (L,1-2; BS,1) 1333131 6.39
WP - Matt Harrison (1)
HBP - Hart (by Matt Harrison)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Harrison 95-54, Shawn Tolleson 24-13, Alexi Ogando 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Harrison 8-6
Batters Faced - Matt Harrison 24, Shawn Tolleson 5, Alexi Ogando 7
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Saunders, CF2000210 .179
Stefen Romero, RF4100002 .242
Robinson Cano, 2B4121020 .301
Corey Hart, DH2000110 .239
Justin Smoak, 1B4110013 .241
Cole Gillespie, LF3010001 .167
   a-Dustin Ackley, PH-LF1110000 .237
Kyle Seager, 3B4224013 .228
John Buck, C3000100 .188
Willie Bloomquist, SS4000021 .217
Brandon Maurer, P0000000 .000
   Lucas Luetge, P0000000 .000
   Charlie Furbush, P0000000 .000
   Tom Wilhelmsen, P0000000 .000
   Danny Farquhar, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Rodney, P0000000 .000
Totals3167548  
a-singled for Gillespie in the 8th
Batting
2B - Robinson Cano (5, Harrison), Justin Smoak (6, Ogando)
HR - Kyle Seager 2 (5, Tolleson)
RBI - Robinson Cano (11), Kyle Seager 4 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Kyle Seager 3 (4)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Stefen Romero (1, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Maurer 3.2755130 6.75
Lucas Luetge 1.1000110 7.71
Charlie Furbush 1000020 5.63
Tom Wilhelmsen 1000100 3.97
Danny Farquhar (W,1-0) 1100010 1.50
Fernando Rodney (S,5) 1000020 3.24
WP - Lucas Luetge (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Maurer 77-49, Lucas Luetge 24-15, Charlie Furbush 13-9, Tom Wilhelmsen 17-11, Danny Farquhar 20-13, Fernando Rodney 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Maurer 4-4, Lucas Luetge 2-1, Tom Wilhelmsen 1-2, Danny Farquhar 2-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Maurer 19, Lucas Luetge 5, Charlie Furbush 3, Tom Wilhelmsen 4, Danny Farquhar 4, Fernando Rodney 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26300
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 52
Umpires - Home - Gabe Morales, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Mike Estabrook