Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Kyle Seager broke out of a slump with a two-
run homer in the eighth inning, proving to be the difference as the Seattle
Mariners edged the Texas Rangers, 3-1, in the opener of a three-game series.
Seager's homer and Justin Smoak's solo shot in the ninth were the only extra-
base hits in a game mostly controlled by the starting pitchers.
Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma (11-6) gave up one run on four hits while walking
three and striking out eight in seven innings of work, while Derek Holland was
denied a win despite allowing just two hits and three walks in seven scoreless
innings for Texas.
The Mariners improved to 2-2 on their nine-game road trip and handed the
Rangers just their third loss in their last 17 games.
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