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September 16, 2012

Wrapping up Rangers 2-1 victory over Mariners

Matt Harrison delivered a gem on his 27th birthday, allowing one run on six hits with one walk and five strikeouts over 8 2/3 innings on Sunday afternoon.

Harrison wanted to go for the complete game, of course, but was pulled after he gave up a single to Jesus Montero. That put runners on the corners for the Seattle Mariners, but Rangers reliever Koji Uehara got the final out of the game to preserve a 2-1 victory.

Texas extended its lead to three games in the American League West over Oakland, which lost to Baltimore. Here are a few postgame notes.

* Harrison extended his career-high to 17 wins on the season, and that matches the most wins by a pitcher since Scott Feldman had 17 in 2009. Harrison has dominated the Mariners his entire career, and has won nine consecutive starts against them.

* Adrian Beltre produced the game's first run with a solo shot in the fourth. He has homered in five of his last 11, and eight of his last 15.

* Michael Young had a three-hit game, his second in the last four games. He is on a six-game hitting streak.

* Koji Uehara earned his first save since Oct. 2, 2010. He struck out Michael Saunders for the final out of the game, and his emotion afterwards told the story. Uehara is the fifth Rangers reliever to record a save this season.

* Rangers Ballpark was sold out for the 34th time this season, extending the franchise record. That's notable, too, as there was a 2-hour, 12-minute rain delay before first pitch.

-- Drew Davison

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