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Rangers Vs. Mariners: Mike Napoli's 3-Run Homer Lifts Texas To Win

After scoring 34 runs over the past three games, the Rangers showed they can still win the low-scoring ones, downing the Mariners by a 4-2 score in Arlington on Monday night.

Matt Harrison allowed two runs on seven hits over eight innings to pick up the win. The first of those runs came in the first inning on an RBI-single by Jesus Montero. Texas answered in the second on a solo home run from Nelson Cruz. Still tied in the sixth, Mike Napoli hit a three-run homer to give the Rangers a 4-1 lead. Seattle got one run back on a triple from Brendan Ryan, who failed to stretch it into an inside-the-park home run, but it was not enough.

Cruz went 2-for-4 as the only Ranger to record multiple hits. Elvis Andrus went 1-for-4 with a double. Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for the save. The Rangers have now won four in a row since failing to win back-to-back games from May 14-25.

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