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August 16, 2013

Mariners 3, Rangers 1

ARLINGTON --Kyle Seager had two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning off Neal Cotts and Justin Smoak hit another the next inning to send Seattle to a 3-1 victory over the Rangers on Friday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Seager's blast, which scored Nick Franklin, spoiled a good outing by Derek Holland, who pitched seven scoreless innings.

Holland, who didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning, struck out six and walked three among his 105 pitches. The Rangers' lefty lowered his ERA to 2.95 on the season and 1.29 in three starts in August.

Hisashi Iwakuma matched Holland in earning his 11th victory against six losses on the season. Iwakuma allowed only one run on four hits and struck out eight in seven innings.

Danny Farquhar retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth, including strikeouts of Mitch Moreland and Jurickson Profar, to record his sixth save for Seattle.

Cotts fell to 4-2.

A.J. Pierzynski drove in the Rangers' only run, in the fourth inning, scoring Ian Kinsler from third.

Pierzynski had another chance in the eighth with the bases loaded and two outs, but he popped out softly to Seager at third.

Adrian Beltre was 2-for-2 with two walks, including one intentional, for the Rangers, who lost for the second time in three games.

The Ranngers' eighth inning opened with a leadoff walk to Craig Gentry and was fueled when Leonys Martin, the next batter, was hit by a pitch on an 0-2 count by Seattle reliever Yoervis Medina.

Elvis Andrus advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt. Kinsler struck out and Beltre was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Smoak, who had two hits in three official at-bats and a walk, hit his 17th home run of the season off reliever Tanner Scheppers.

-- John Henry


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