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Saturday, May 25th (All times Eastern)

Texas Rangers (31-17) at Seattle Mariners (20-28), 10:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Derek Holland (3-2, 3.30) Seattle - Felix Hernandez (5-3, 2.07)

(Sports Network) - The Texas Rangers attempt to keep pace as the American League's top team on Saturday night as they continue their three-game road series with the Seattle Mariners.

Seattle grabbed hold of an early lead on Friday night following a Kendrys Morales' RBI single in the bottom of the first, but the Rangers responded with a two-run homer from Jeff Baker in second inning and a three-run shot from Lance Berkman in the third on their way to a 9-5 victory.

All 10 Rangers to step to the plate on the night recorded at least one hit.

The run support was more than enough for Justin Grimm (4-3), who, despite allowing 10 hits, gave up just three earned runs over 6 1/3 innings of work.

Joe Nathan extinguished a fire in the ninth inning, recording one out for his 15th save.

For the Mariners, who have lost seven in a row, Joe Saunders (3-5) found himself on the wrong end of the decision after allowing eight hits and six earned runs in five innings. He was previously 9-0 in his career at Safeco Field.

Kyle Seager finished 3-for-5 in the losing effort, while Morales, Raul Ibanez, Justin Smoak and Brendan Ryan all chipped in two hits apiece.

Derek Holland gets the nod for visitors on Saturday, and the Rangers have won four straight games in which he has started. Holland is 3-2 with a 3.30 ERA on the year, although he has allowed four earned runs in each of his past two outings.

The left-hander surrendered eight hits and three walks against the Tigers on May 19, failing to make it out of the fifth inning.

Holland is 7-2 career against the Mariners and has been especially strong at Safeco Field (2-0, 0.92 ERA).

Seattle will counter with its ace Felix Hernandez. The 2010 Cy Young Award winner and three-time All Star is up to his same old tricks this season, as he sits with a 5-3 record and a 2.07 ERA while striking out 72 batters in 69 2/3 innings.

Despite his outstanding campaign, Hernandez is fresh off his roughest outing of the year, allowing eight hits and six runs (5 earned) in a May 19 loss to Cleveland.

"It was one of those days for Felix," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "You're going to have games like that."

Hernandez has faced Texas more than any other team during his career, but his 35 starts have yielded a sub-.500 record (12-17).

The Rangers have won six of eight versus the Mariners this year.

05/25 10:33:15 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 3
DUR 5
 
Final
PIT 0
CAR 10
 
5:05pm Tonight
NOR
DUR
 
7:35pm Tonight
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CIN 7
CHC 2
Final
DET 3
NYY 2
Final
SFG 4
COL 1
Final
BAL 5
TAM 4
Final
NYM 1
ATL 6
Final
CWS 2
CLE 3
Final
KAN 5
MIN 11
Final
HOU 4
TEX 2
9th
ANA 3
OAK 3
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
 
7:05pm Tonight
BAL
MIN
 
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
BOS
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
PHI
 
7:35pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
8:10pm Tonight
KAN
CLE
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
DET
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
TEX
 
8:15pm Tonight
STL
CHC
 
9:40pm Tonight
ARI
COL
 
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
LOS
 
10:10pm Tonight
SEA
WAS
 
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
MIL
 
Final
SCAR 28
TEXAM 52
Final
LAMON 17
WAKE 10
Final
MISS 35
BSU 13
Final
TULSA 38
TULA 31
 
4th
WASU 38
RUTG 34
 
3rd
ARST 45
WEBER 7
 
3rd
VANDY 7
TEMPL 24
 
7:00pm Tonight
UCONN
BYU
7:30pm Tonight
WKENT
BGU
7:30pm Tonight
MSU
JVST
9:00pm Tonight
COL
COLST
9:00pm Tonight
HOU
TXSANANTO
10:30pm Tonight
ARZ
UNLV
Final
JAC 14
ATL 24
 
Final
BUF 0
DET 23
 
Final
CIN 35
IND 7
 
Final
GBP 34
KAN 14
 
Final
PHI 37
NYJ 7
 
Final
MIA 14
STL 13
 
Final
PIT 0
CAR 10
 
Final
NYG 16
NEP 13
 
Final
TAM 10
WAS 24
 
Final
NOS 13
BAL 22
 
Final
CLE 33
CHI 13
 
Final
DAL 3
DEN 27
 
Final
TEN 3
MIN 19
 
Final
HOU 13
SFX 40
 
Final
SDC 12
ARI 9
 
4th
OAK 38
SEA 31
 
Final
NOR 3
DUR 5
 
5:05pm Tonight
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DUR
 
7:35pm Tonight
NOR
DUR