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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
CAR 3
CLB 4
 
8:30pm Tonight
CAR
PIT
Final
NYY 5
TOR 2
Final
MIA 1
WAS 2
9th
BAL 2
BOS 3
 
Final
PIT 1
MIL 0
9th
ATL 2
NYM 7
 
8th
TAM 3
CWS 10
 
7th
MIN 2
CLE 7
 
6th
KAN 4
DET 2
 
7th
HOU 4
SEA 3
 
6th
CHC 4
LOS 5
 
4th
ANA 0
TEX 0
 
1st
OAK 2
PHI 1
 
2nd
COL 0
ARI 0
 
2nd
SDP 0
SFG 0
 
8:05pm Tonight
STL
CIN
Final
CAR 3
CLB 4
 
5:00pm Tonight
WAS
BUF
 
6:30pm Tonight
CLB
STL
 
8:00pm Tonight
EDM
CAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
CAL
EDM
 
Final
CLE 21
BAL 23
 
Final
STL 31
DAL 34
 
Final
DET 19
GBP 7
 
Final
NYG 30
HOU 17
 
Final
JAC 17
IND 44
Final
NOS 20
MIN 9
 
Final
NEP 16
OAK 9
 
Final
BUF 10
SDC 22
 
Final
CIN 33
TEN 7
 
4th
PHI 37
WAS 34
 
1st
ARI 3
SFX 7
 
1st
SEA 0
DEN 0
 
1st
MIA 0
KAN 0
 
8:30pm Tonight
CAR
PIT