Matt Harrison pitched seven strong innings, as the Rangers defeated the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night, winning 3-1.
Harrison improved to 5-3 on the season, allowing seven hits while walking two, striking out six and allowing just one earned run. Harrison allowed the run in the first inning, as former Texas Rangers farmhand Justin Smoak singled, scoring Alex Liddi.
Elvis Andrus went 1-for-4 on the night, driving in two runs, which ultimately decided the contest. Andrus hit a triple in the third inning off of Hector Noesi, which scored both Nelson Cruz and Mitch Moreland. Andrus would come around to score on a Josh Hamilton ground-rule double, giving the Rangers a 3-1 lead -- a margin that they'd win by.
Mike Adams came on in relief of Harrison, striking out two in his lone inning of work, picking up his eighth hold of the season. Joe Nathan struck out two without allowing a base runner in the ninth to pick up his 10th save of the season.
The rubber match between the Mariners and Rangers will come on Wednesday afternoon. Former Ranger Kevin Millwood will take on Scott Feldman, who is filling in for the injured Neftali Feliz.