SEATTLE -- Matt Harrison allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings and Mitch Moreland launched an early three-run homer as the Rangers sank the Mariners 3-1 to complete a four-game sweep and extend their winning streak to 11 games.
Harrison walked the first Seattle hitter of the game, Ichiro Suzuki, but induced a double-play grounder to clean the slate. The Mariners didn’t have another base runner until Justin Smoak lined a one-out single up the middle in the fifth.
Blake Beavan, the Rangers’ first pick in the 2007 draft, pitched well after the second inning. The Rangers just missed against him in the first, loading the bases with two outs before Nelson Cruz struck out.
But David Murphy singled to start the second, and Mike Napoli with a walk. Moreland followed, and crushed a hanging curveball deep into the right-field seats.
It was his first homer since a solo shot June 28 at Houston and only his first RBIs after a 10-game drought. The gopher ball was the last mistake Beavan (2-1) made until he plunked Ian Kinsler in the helmet with two outs in the seventh inning.
Kinsler was fine after a few moments, and Beavan was out of the game. The Irving High product allowed three runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Seattle scored its run in the eighth off Harrison after a leadoff double and one-out single by Jack Wilson. Mark Lowe got the final out of the eighth, and Neftali Feliz pitched a perfect ninth for the save.
-- Jeff Wilson
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