ARLINGTON – Matt Harrison continued his trend of pitching well against the Seattle Mariners, Adrian Beltre belted his 14th homer in his past 26 games and the Texas Rangers held on for a 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon.
Rain delayed first pitch by two hours, 12 minutes, but it had no effect on Harrison or the Rangers. Texas extended its lead back to three games in the American League West over Oakland, which lost to Baltimore.
Harrison went 8 2/3 innings, allowing one run on six hits with one walk and five strikeouts. He gave up a leadoff single to Dustin Ackley to start the game, but retired eight of the next nine batters.
Harrison helped himself with a few nice defensive plays, too. He started a 1-6-3 double play in the fourth inning, and then turned another 1-6-3 double play on Michael Saunders' slow chopper back to the mound to end the seventh inning.
Seattle scored its only run against Harrison in the eighth, as Justin Smoak led off with a solo shot. That, however, as all the Mariners would get.
Harrison issued a one-out walk to Franklin Gutierrez in the ninth, and then a two-out single to Jesus Montero. He was pulled after that, and Koji Uehara got the final out of the game by striking out Michael Saunders.
Harrison improved to 10-1 with a 2.14 ERA in 17 games, including 13 starts, in his career against Seattle. Uehara, meanwhile, earned his first save since Oct. 2, 2010.
Former Rangers prospect Blake Beavan had a strong start for the Mariners by allowing two runs over seven innings, but it wasn’t enough. Beltre scored the game’s first run with a one-out blast in the fourth inning, and the Rangers scored their second run on an RBI double by Mitch Moreland in the fifth.
-- Drew Davison