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August 28, 2013

Rangers 4, Mariners 3 (F, 10)

SEATTLE — Ian Kinsler scored the go-ahead run with two outs in the 10th inning Tuesday night on a balk against Danny Farquhar, and the Rangers eked out a 4-3 victory over Seattle.

The win allowed the Rangers to maintain their 2 ½-game lead in the American League West over Oakland, which won a rain-shortened game at Detroit.

The Rangers improved to 3-7 in extra innings, but needed some help from plate ump C.B. Bucknor after they thought he initially had cost them to start the 10th.

Elvis Andrus appeared to have reached to open the inning as the throw to first by Farquhar hit him as he legged out an infield hit. But Bucknor ruled that Andrus interfered with the throw even though replays showed his foot to be on the base line.

Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre followed with singles, and Kinsler stole third easily as Farquhar didn’t hold him closely. Farquhar, though, got A.J. Pierzynski to pop out and appeared to be headed toward an escape when Bucknor hit him with a balk with Alex Rios batting.

Kinsler walked home with the go-ahead run, and Joe Nathan pitched around a one-out single by Kyle Seager and a two-out walk to Justin Smoak for his 38th save.

Derek Holland struggled from the outset, walking two of the first three batters before issuing an RBI double to Kendrys Morales. Smoak followed with a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead and the first two earned runs against Holland in his career at Safeco Field.

The Rangers, though, responded a three-run second against Hisashi Iwakuma. Four straight batters reached with one out, a stretch that started with a double by Alex Rios off the wall in left-center field.

He came around as the next batter, Mitch Moreland, singled to left. Jurickson Profar then walked, and Moreland scored on a single to right by David Murphy.

After Leonys Martin, playing for the first time since Saturday, flied out, Andrus blooped a single to right to score Profar for a 3-2 lead.

Holland worked a wobbly but scoreless second inning, but Franklin Gutierrez started the third with a homer to center field.

Holland yielded a leadoff single in the fourth, but retired eight straight before back-to-back two-out singles in the sixth. Humberto Quintero, though, struck out to end the threat.

The Rangers managed only a pair of singles the next five innings, both off Iwakuma, and quickly saw their eighth inning fizzle after Ian Kinsler opened with an infield hit and Beltre was hit by a Yoervis Medina pitch.

A.J. Pierzynski popped out on the next pitch, and Rios bounced into an inning-ending double play.

The Mariners blew a chance to win it in the ninth. Michael Saunders started the inning with a single off Neal Cotts, and Dustin Ackley followed by popping up a bunt on the next pitch.

But Cotts charged initially and saw the ball sail over his head for a hit that left Mariners at first and second with no outs.

Tanner Scheppers entered, and got Humberto Quintero to pop up another bunt. Mitch Moreland caught this one for the first out, and Scheppers struck out pinch hitter Nick Franklin and rookie Brad Miller.

-- Jeff Wilson

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