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Hamels, Moreland help Rangers top Mariners 6-4

Mitch Moreland breaks down his weekend, Sunday for Rangers

First baseman Mitch Moreland had a big weekend at Seattle, including a two-run homer and key diving stop Sunday (video by Jeff Wilson).
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First baseman Mitch Moreland had a big weekend at Seattle, including a two-run homer and key diving stop Sunday (video by Jeff Wilson).

Cole Hamels allowed one run in seven innings Sunday, and Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer and made a key defensive play as the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 6-4 to clinch the three-game series.

Elvis Andrus had three hits and two RBIs, and Ian Desmond had a two-run single as the Rangers improved their American League-leading record to 39-24 and upped their lead in the AL West to five games over the Mariners. 

The game ended as Nomar Mazara threw out Robinson Cano at second base as he tried to stretch an RBI single into a double.

Hitting: A three-hit game for Elvis Andrus included an RBI double in the fourth for the game’s first run and an RBI singl in the sixth. ... Andrus scored after RBI, including on Mitch Moreland’s two-run homer to cap a three-run fourth. Andrus also scored on Ian Desmond’s two-out two-run single to cap a three-run sixth. ... Nomar Mazara went 0 for 5 and had his 10-game hitting streak snapped.

Pitching: Cole Hamels allows four hits and one run in seven innings to improve to 6-1 and lower his ERA to 3.14. ... He walked two, hit one and struck out five. A strikeout of Leonys Martin in the second left Hamels as the 77th pitcher in MLB history to record 2,000 strikeouts. ... The only run came on a Martin homer in the fifth. Hamels has allowed a homer in seven straight starts. ... Tony Barnette entered in the eighth and allowed three straight one-out singles to load the bases after Moreland made a diving stop to rob Ketel Marte of a double to open the inning. ... Jake Diekman entered with the bases loaded and one out. He struck out Dae-Ho Lee but hit Kyle Seager on an 0-2 pitch for one run and walked Chris Iannetta on four pitches for another before getting Martin to ground out. ... Marte doubled with one out in the ninth against Sam Dyson and scored with two outs on a single by Cano, but the game ended there as Mazara threw Cano out at second trying for a double.

Nomar Mazara's game-ending throw from right field to get Robinson Cano at second base ended the game Sunday and sealed the Rangers' 6-4 win (video by Jeff Wilson).

First baseman Mitch Moreland hit three homers and made two stellar defensive plays as the Rangers won 2 of 3 games over the weekend (video by Jeff Wilson).

Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels pitched put of trouble twice Sunday, saying that his focus increased (video by Jeff Wilson).

Prince Fielder and Colby Lewis drew high praise from their manager after a 2-1 win Saturday (video by Jeff Wilson).

Rangers manager Jeff Banister talks about the quality of play by Seattle and Texas on Saturday (video by Jeff Wilson).