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July 04, 2013

Rangers 5, Mariners 4

ARLINGTON – Adrian Beltre had two home runs, including one that kicked off a decisive four-run seventh inning in a 5-4 Rangers victory against Seattle on Thursday night that snapped a two-game losing skid.

The Rangers sent eight men to the plate in the seventh. Mitch Moreland, Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler also had RBIs in the inning, which marked the end of the night for Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma.

Josh Lindblom, who recorded the last two outs of the jam in the seventh, earned his first victory of the season.

Raul Ibanez went 4 for 5 with two RBIs, including two-run home run in the seventh that broke a 1-1 tie and a run-scoring single in the eighth that made it a one-run game.

Tanner Scheppers gave up an unearned run in the eighth and Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his 28th save and 12th in his last 12 attempts.

A.J. Pierzynski, who singled to follow Beltre's home run to open the bottom half of the seventh, scored the tying run on a single by Moreland.

Andrus, hitting eighth for the first time since April of 2010 while mired in prolonged slump, drove in Engel Beltre – pinch running for Lance Berkman, who walked – with the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly to left.

Kinsler's single to center provided the Rangers with insurance by driving in Moreland.

Rangers starter Martin Perez worked 5 1/3 innings, giving up one run on eight hits. He had four strikeouts.

Iwakuma gave up four runs on five hits in six innings in falling to 7-4.

With his 15th and 16th homers of the season, both solo shots, Beltre passed Joe DiMaggio for 75th on the all-time home run list with 362.

It was also Beltre's 24th career multi-homer game, including one with three, Aug. 22 against Baltimore.

John Henry


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