SEATTLE -- Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer, and Matt Harrison outpitched Felix Hernandez by striking out nine and taking a shutout into the seventh inning as the Rangers turned back Seattle with a 3-0 victory.
The shutout was the Rangers' 19th of the season, and the victory allowed them to maintain their 4 1/2-game lead over second-place Los Angeles in the American League West. Their magic number to clinch a second straight division title is six heading into an off day. The Angels play Monday at Toronto.
Beltre’s homer was his 27th of the year and the first of his career off Hernandez. Beltre jawed toward Hernandez as he approached home, and ran to the dugout with a big grin on his face as the former Seattle teammates continued their good-natured ribbing of each other that started last season.
The Rangers got another run in the sixth on Elvis Andrus' double that scored Ian Kinsler, who had started the inning with a single. Hernandez kept Seattle within striking distance by pitching out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the seventh.
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The first two Mariners reached in the first, but Harrison got a double play and a strikeout to snuff out the threat. He pitched around two-out hits in the second and fourth, and a two-out walk in the third.
Harrison had his best inning in the fifth, when he struck out two in a seven-pitch inning. But his best pitching came in the sixth, after Luis Rodriguez led off with a double.
Rodriguez never advanced. Harrison (13-9) won a nine-pitch battle with Dustin Ackley by striking out the Mariners’ rookie, then got Miguel Olivo on a grounder and Mike Carp on a flyball.
Seattle caught up to him in the seventh as Wily Mo Pena led off with a single and Alex Liddi walked with one out. Harrison struck out Michael Saunders for a third time for the second out, and was allowed to face Ichiro Suzuki in a lefty-lefty matchup that Suzuki won with an infield hit.
Koji Uehara entered for Rodriguez, who had been 2 for 2 with a walk. Uehara got away with a high changeup, which was lined just foul, then got Rodriguez swinging at the next pitch to end the Mariners' best threat of the game.
Josh Hamilton preserved the shutout in the eighth, when he jumped at the left-field wall to take a solo homer away from Mike Carp. Neftali Feliz tossed a perfect ninth for the save, leaving the Mariners 0 for 45 all-time against him.
-- Jeff Wilson