Series: Game 3 of 3

Texas won 3-0

Game 1: Monday, August 26
Game 2: Tuesday, August 27
in 10
Game 3: Wednesday, August 28

Rangers 12

(78-55, 40-28 away)

Mariners 4

(59-73, 31-38 home)

    Coverage:  ROOT

    3:40 PM ET, August 28, 2013

    Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington 

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    W: M. Perez (8-3)

    L: F. Hernandez (12-8)

    Rangers-Mariners Preview


    While it might seem they face a difficult challenge against Felix Hernandez, the Texas Rangers have been one of the few teams to give the Seattle Mariners ace a tough time.

    The Rangers will try to beat Hernandez for the fourth time this season Wednesday night when they look to sweep this three-game series at Safeco Field.

    Ian Kinsler had a season-high four hits and scored the go-ahead run on Danny Farquhar's balk in the 10th inning as the Rangers escaped with a 4-3 victory Tuesday for their 11th win in 13 road games.

    "Anytime you win a hard-fought game it adds to the confidence of your club and adds to the toughness of your club," said Kinsler, 9 for 22 at Safeco this year.

    Texas (77-55), 2 1/2 games up on Oakland for the AL West lead, is looking to saddle the Mariners (59-72) with a winless six-game homestand.

    Hernandez (12-7, 2.63 ERA) already lost once on the homestand despite a strong outing, striking out 10 while allowing two runs and three hits over six innings in Friday's 2-0 defeat to the Angels. That was one of four home losses this season for the right-hander, and two of them came to the Rangers.

    The All-Star is 0-3 in four meetings with Texas this season with a 5.55 ERA which is his highest against any opponent he's faced at least twice. The Rangers are batting .327 against him in 2013 with four home runs.

    "I can't put a finger on it, because there's games when he's really dominated us," Texas manager Ron Washington said.

    That comment came after Hernandez allowed a season-high five walks and five runs over five innings in a 15-3 loss at Arlington on Aug. 17. He's 4-10 with a 4.26 ERA in his last 15 starts against the Rangers.

    "They battle a lot and they have a good approach against me," said Hernandez, among the top three in the majors in strikeouts (192) and innings (184 2-3).

    David Murphy is 5 for 10 with a homer and two doubles off Hernandez this year while Adrian Beltre has gone 6 for 12. Beltre is batting .404 over a 12-game hitting streak versus Seattle.

    Martin Perez (7-3, 3.62) will oppose Hernandez again after allowing three runs in seven-plus innings to win last week's matchup. He's 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA in two starts against the Mariners this season.

    The left-hander looks to win his career-best fifth straight start after allowing four runs -- three in the second inning -- over seven frames in an 11-5 win over the White Sox on Friday. He has a 2.70 ERA in his last five outings -- all Texas victories.

    "(Perez) showed some presence out there," Washington said. "That's a veteran move, the way he gathered himself and got himself through seven innings."

    Seattle's Dustin Ackley is 2 for 3 against Perez this season and 15 for 30 over a nine-game hitting streak at Safeco.

    The Mariners, however, have totaled eight runs while going 4 for 23 with runners in scoring position during their home skid.

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    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakL1L1
    Last 108-24-6

    Pitching Matchup

    M. Perez
    10-6, 3.62 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/30 vs TB
    5.1 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = Loss
    F. Hernandez
    12-10, 3.04 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 vs OAK
    6.0 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    1. L. Martin, RF B. Miller, 3B
    2. E. Andrus, SS N. Franklin, 2B
    3. I. Kinsler, 2B K. Seager, 3B
    4. A. Beltre, DH K. Morales, DH
    5. A. Rios, RF R. Ibanez, LF
    6. M. Moreland, 1B J. Smoak, 1B
    7. G. Soto, C M. Saunders, RF
    8. D. Murphy, LF D. Ackley, CF
    9. J. Profar, 3B H. Blanco, C

    Research Notes

    Martin Perez is the first rookie in Rangers franchise history to win 5 straight starts.
    Felix Hernandez is the 8th Mariners SP to allow 8+ ER in 3 or fewer IP AT HOME in franchise history (1st since Miguel Batista on July 19, 2008 vs Indians; allowed 8 ER in 2 IP).

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