ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Kyle Seager had three hits, including a home run, to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
Seager hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to tie the score 2-2, and singled and scored in the Mariners’ two-run eighth against Neal Cotts (2-9). Seager is hitting .362 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 69 at-bats against the Rangers this season.
Danny Farquhar (2-1) worked two scoreless innings to earn the victory, and Fernando Rodney got the last three outs for his American League-leading 43rd save.
Seattle shortstop Brad Miller, who came in with a .205 batting average, had a career-high four hits to help the Mariners move 1 1/2 games ahead of Detroit for the league’s second wild card.
Texas lost its eighth straight.
The game started following a rain delay of 3 hours, 13 minutes.
Ryan Rua had an RBI double and scored on Michael Choice’s sacrifice fly to put the Rangers up 2-0 in the fourth inning.
It was the second game for Texas interim manager Tim Bogar, who took over after Ron Washington resiged Friday afternoon.
Texas went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position, including 0 for 9 during the first three innings.
Mariners: LF Dustin Ackley left the game in the seventh inning with a jammed left ankle and is day-to-day.
Rangers: Texas plans to send INF Jurickson Profar, sidelined since March with a muscle tear in his right shoulder, to the Arizona Fall League.
LHP Derek Holland (0-0) will make his first home start of the season Sunday and his second overall following knee surgery in January. Holland will face LHP James Paxton (5-1), who has the second-best ERA through his first 12 career starts (1.77).