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American League Game Summary - Seattle at Texas



(Friday, August 16th)

Final Score: Seattle 3, Texas 1

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Kyle Seager broke out of a slump with a two- run homer in the eighth inning, proving to be the difference as the Seattle Mariners edged the Texas Rangers, 3-1, in the opener of a three-game series.

Seager's homer and Justin Smoak's solo shot in the ninth were the only extra- base hits in a game mostly controlled by the starting pitchers.

Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma (11-6) gave up one run on four hits while walking three and striking out eight in seven innings of work, while Derek Holland was denied a win despite allowing just two hits and three walks in seven scoreless innings for Texas.

"I did a good job mixing speeds and keeping guys off balance tonight," Holland said. "Unfortunately we couldn't come out on top."

The Mariners improved to 2-2 on their nine-game road trip and handed the Rangers just their third loss in their last 17 games.

A.J. Pierzynski had driven in the contest's only run when he knocked in Ian Kinsler with a base hit to left field in the fourth inning.

Neal Cotts (4-2) couldn't hold the Rangers' slim lead, however. The left- handed reliever walked Nick Franklin with one out in the eighth, then caught too much of the plate on an 0-2 fastball to Seager, who lined the mistake just over the wall in right center for his 18th home run of the season.

"I think (Cotts) caught a little more of the plate than he wanted to," said Seager, who had been in a career-long 0-for-21 slump prior to the blast.

Yoervis Medina entered with two on and no one out in the bottom half after Oliver Perez walked and hit the first two batters of the frame. After a sacrifice bunt, Medina struck out Kinsler on a payoff pitch and intentionally walked Adrian Beltre to load the bases.

Charlie Furbush left the bags full by retiring Pierzynski on a pop out to third, and Smoak took Tanner Scheppers deep to right for an insurance run in the away ninth.

Danny Farquhar retired the side in order in the home turn to post his sixth save.

The Rangers nearly pushed a run across in the first inning, but Elvis Andrus was thrown out trying to score from first on a routine single to right. Franklin made the replay throw and Humberto Quintero applied a swipe tag that both Andrus and Rangers manager Ron Washington argued was never applied.

Game Notes

Smoak and Beltre each had two of their respective club's four hits ... With two home runs, the Mariners tied the Blue Jays for the second most home runs in the majors (146) ... The Rangers still lead the season series, 8-6.

08/17 01:34:28 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
CHI 103
NYK 97
Final
HOU 90
NOP 99
4th
SAC 83
MIL 85
 
Half
GSW 65
OKC 63
 
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
Final
UAB 70
LSU 79
Final
EVAN 81
OHIO 69
 
Final
CSFU 72
CSDH 50
 
2nd
ORST 87
DEP 54
 
2nd
PAC 55
NEV 53
 
Final
USF 77
PORST 40
 
2nd
IDAHO 75
WALLA 31
 
2nd
UTST 44
CALST 33
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
Final
MON 1
ANA 2
2nd
SJS 2
EDM 3
 
2nd
LOS 2
STL 3
 
Final
JAC 21
TEN 13