Lead short-lived as M's stop Rangers, 2-1
The Rangers failed to reduce their magic number below 6 on Sunday, losing at Seattle, 2-1.
Meanwhile, the Oakland A's beat the Minnesota Twins, 6-2, to keep their slim hopes of catching the Rangers in the AL West from becoming even slimmer. The A's trail by nine games.
The game ended with the tying run at third base, when David Murphy grounded out to shortstop to strand Chris Davis.
The only offense for the Rangers came on a sixth-inning solo home run by Nelson Cruz. It came on the heels of Vladimir Guerrero getting thrown out at second after hitting a ball off the left-field wall.
The Mariners bounced back with the tying run in the bottom of the sixth and the go-ahead run in the seventh.
The Mariners won the series, 2-1, but the Rangers have dominated Seattle this season, 11-5. The AL West rivals play one more time this season, a three-game series in Arlington on Sept. 27-29.
The Rangers only scored one run despite rapping out 10 hits.
Rangers starter Tommy Hunter (12-4) allowed two runs on six hits in six-plus innings but was unable to pick up his 13th win of the season.
Right-handed reliever Clay Rapada pitched a scoreless inning in relief and has now gone five innings without allowing a hit or a run since the Rangers called him up earlier this month.
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