One-run wins rare these days for Rangers

September, 18, 2011
9/18/11
1:55
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SEATTLE -- Winning close games typically is a must come playoff time, so the 7-6 come-from-behind victory for the Rangers over the Mariners Saturday was important in more ways than just another win.

It was the first time in a month the Rangers had won a one-run game. The last time was Aug. 17 in a 4-3 victory over the Angels in Anaheim.

Texas had lost four consecutive one-run games -- 2-1 at Anaheim, 3-2 at Chicago, 5-4 at Tampa Bay and 8-7 against Oakland at home -- before defeating Seattle Saturday.

The Rangers haven’t fared well this season in one-run decisions, going 17-23 overall, including 6-19 on the road. But the team is 11-4 in one-run games at Arlington.

Texas relievers Darren Oliver, Michael Gonzalez, Mike Adams and Neftali Feliz combined to pitch 3 1/3 shutout innings Saturday night to preserve the one-run win.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
10 3.06 182 144
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .325
HRA. Beltre 17
RBIA. Beltre 67
RA. Beltre 66
OPSA. Beltre .876
ERAY. Darvish 3.06
SOY. Darvish 182