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July 4, 2013

Mariners hold off Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas — Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, and the Seattle Mariners won consecutive games in Texas for the first time in more than a year with a 4-2 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday night.

Michael Saunders walked on a full-count pitch with two out before Seager connected against Robbie Ross (4-2) for his third hit of the game. Seager’s 12th homer landed in the first row of seats in right field.

Charlie Furbush (2-4) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the win, and Tom Wilhelmsen was perfect in the 10th for his 17th save.

The Mariners last won two straight in Texas on May 29-30, 2012, when they took the last two of a three-game series. They’ll go for a sweep Thursday night.

The Rangers dropped to 30-14 at home against Seattle since the start of 2009.

David Murphy and Ian Kinsler homered in the fifth inning against Felix Hernandez, giving Texas a 2-1 lead. The leadoff shot by Murphy ended a four-game streak without a homer for the Rangers, their longest in more than two years.

It also was the first homer for Murphy since June 9, and his first RBI since June 11.

Kinsler, who spent nearly a month on the disabled list with a rib fracture, sent the 11th pitch of the at-bat from Hernandez a few rows deep in left field for his first homer since May 8.

The Mariners pulled even with a run in the sixth, ending Derek Holland’s night with a 37-pitch inning that included three straight full counts.

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