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July 03, 2013

Mariners 4, Rangers 2

By John Henry

ARLINGTON – Kyle Seager's two-run home run off Texas pitcher Robbie Ross in the 10th sent the Seattle Mariners to a 4-2 victory and a second consecutive triumph over the Rangers on Wednesday night.

Seager, who went 3 for 5 with two singles, launched 1-1 pitch into the Rangers' bullpen in right-center field.

His blast made a winner out of lefty Charlie Furbush (2-4). Tom Wilhelmsen retired the Rangers in order in the 10th for the save.

Ross took the loss. He fell to 4-2.

David Murphy had two hits for the Rangers, including a home run, and Adrian Beltre had a double and single for Texas in a game that pit Seattle ace Felix Hernandez against Texas lefty Derek Holland.

Hernandez gave up two runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts over seven innings.

Holland pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and striking out 10.

The Mariners tied the game at 2-2 on Mike Zunino's run-scoring single, scoring Raul Ibanez, in the sixth. Seattle appeared poised for more with bases loaded, but Holland struck out Dustin Ackley and Brad Miller.

Seattle put runners on the corners with one out in the seventh against Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers, but Ackley hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Solo home runs by Murphy and Ian Kinsler in the fifth inning staked the Rangers to a 2-1 lead.

Murphy led off the inning with a drive into the Rangers' bullpen in right-center. With one out, Kinsler drove a 3-2 pitch into the left-field seats for his eighth homer of the season.

Holland gave up a home run to Jason Bay to start the game.

The Rangers threatened in the second inning when they put two runners on at the corners with two outs, but Leonys Martin's unassisted out to first ended the threat.

Justin Smoak went 2 for 3 with a walk for Seattle.

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