ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers reliever Mike Adams picked up the save Thursday, but don't think for a second that he'll keep that role.
Manager Ron Washington gave closer Joe Nathan the day off after pitching two straight games, including a blown save Wednesday in a 4-3 loss to Seattle. He and Adams both know the ninth still belongs to Nathan.
"I was just filling in today. There won't be any movement in here," Adams said after the game. "Joe's our closer. I don't think there's any question about it."
Adams pitched the ninth inning of Thursday's 5-3 win over the Mariners. He gave up two hits and a run but continued to have excellent control.
This season, 53 of Adams' 69 pitches have been for strikes.
"I can't pinpoint anything I'm doing differently," Adams said. "Just make sure I'm attacking the zone. Even the ones today that are a little off the plate and are balls, you get it in the back of their head that you're throwing strikes."
Adams is getting ahead of batters quickly this season, something he said coaches stressed during spring training. He's thrown first-pitch strikes to 15 of the first 20 batters he has faced this season.
"It's probably the most important pitch of the at-bat," Adams said. "If you're ahead, then you're in control of the at-bat. It's something we focus on every day."
He gave up an RBI double to Miguel Olivo with two outs, but Adams said that pitch was exactly where he wanted it.
"He just did his job and put the bat on it," Adams said.
The Rangers get a night off before heading to Minnesota for a three-game series. The Twins have been one of the worst hitting teams in baseball before exploding for 20 hits in a 10-9 win over the Angels on Thursday.