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

BA LEADER
Leonys Martin
BA HR RBI R
.322 1 9 4
OTHER LEADERS
HRP. Fielder 2
RBIA. Rios 10
RE. Andrus 12
OPSS. Choo .891
WM. Perez 3
ERAY. Darvish 0.82
SOY. Darvish 23