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Seager's Blast Lifts Mariners in Extras

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ARLINGTON -- Felix Hernandez held the Rangers in check for seven innings Wednesday and Kyle Seager put the Mariners over the top with a two-run homer in the 10th inning as Seattle won its second straight over Texas, 4-2.

Seager's winning shot came against Rangers reliever Robbie Ross, a 371-foot poke to right field after Michael Saunders had drawn a two-out walk.

The Mariners had struck out 14 times and were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position until Seager launched his 12th homer of the year. The win improved Seattle to 37-47 on the season and 5-7 against the Rangers.

Tom Wilhelmsen, back in the closer's role, picked up his first save since June 10, setting down the Rangers in order in the 10th. Charlie Furbush picked up the win after retiring five straight in the eighth and ninth.

Hernandez wound up with a no-decision after departing with the game tied at 2 going into the eighth. He remains 12-18 in 37 career starts against Texas and 5-8 in Rangers Ballpark and hasn't won in Arlington since Sept. 28, 2010.

Making his last start before the All-Star teams are announced Saturday, Hernandez saw his record stay at 8-4 with a 2.69 ERA as he allowed two runs on seven hits, two walks and seven strikeouts while throwing 107 pitches.

The only damage the Rangers managed against Hernandez came in the fifth with a pair of solo home runs by David Murphy and Ian Kinsler.

Murphy led off the inning with a 402-foot shot to right on a 2-0 sinker that tied the game at 1, with Kinsler following one out later with an 11-pitch battle that ended when Hernandez left a fastball up that the second baseman drove into the left-field seats.

Seattle played its own long ball early when Jason Bay, batting leadoff with Endy Chavez not in the lineup, opened the game with a home run to left field off Derek Holland.

It was Bay's 11th home run of the year and all have been solo shots. Bay was batting leadoff for just the 11th time in his career -- all those coming this season -- and he's now hit two leadoff home runs.

The Mariners as a team have hit seven leadoff homers this year, breaking their old club record of five. Franklin Gutierrez has three of those, with Michael Saunders the other two.

It was only the second career leadoff home run allowed by Holland in 107 starts and just the seventh long ball he's allowed this year in 17 games.

The Mariners tied the game at 2 in the sixth when Mike Zunino hit a bases-loaded single on a hard grounder that Adrian Beltre couldn't quite come up with at third. Brad Miller then laced a shot just foul down the first-base line before striking out to end that threat.

Holland is 8-2 in his career against Seattle, but wound up with a no-decision after departing following six innings with the game tied. Holland gave up seven hits and two runs with 10 strikeouts. Of his five career double-digit strikeout games, three have come against the Mariners.

The Mariners put runners on first and third with one out in the eighth against reliever Tanner Scheppers, but Dustin Ackley grounded into a double play to leave the game deadlocked at 2.

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