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September 28, 2010

Seattle's Smoak, Hernandez top Rangers

ARLINGTON – The Seattle Mariners (61-96) took a second straight game from Texas (87-69) at Rangers Ballpark, with Justin Smoak delivering the decisive blow again and Cy Young candidate Felix Hernandez pitching eight innings for a 3-1 win Tuesday night.

 Smoak, who was traded from Texas to Seattle in July, hit a 413-foot, two-run shot (13) to center field in the top of the fourth to give the Mariners their 3-1 lead. He had a three-run homer in Seattle’s 7-5 win Monday.

 Hernandez (13-12) gave up one earned run on five hits in eight innings while striking out five Rangers. He also lowered his ERA to 2.27 in the game. Seattle's Brandon League closed the game in the ninth, picking up his sixth save of the season.

 Texas’ only run came in the bottom of the third inning when Julio Borbon scored from second base on a single from David Murphy. That tied the game 1-1, but the Rangers never took a lead.

 Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki had scored the game’s first run in the first inning after singling. Franklin Gutierrez knocked in Suzuki with a sacrifice fly ball.

 Texas started Scott Feldman lost and dropped to 7-11 this season after giving up three earned runs on five hits in four and 1/3 innings.

 Rangers’ infielder Andres Blanco left the game with a mild sprain of his left index finger.

 Texas will play Seattle for the final time this season at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday at Rangers Ballpark.

-- Brent Shirley

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