Texas slips past SeattleSep 24, 2012 - 1:31 AM
Despite going 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, the Rangers avoided a three-game sweep and lowered their magic number to clinching a third consecutive AL West title to seven.
Napoli belted a solo home run off Jason Vargas (14-11), while Soto's blast followed a walk by David Murphy.
"I felt like I threw the ball well. I wish we could've taken that third game from them though," Vargas said.
Ryan Dempster (7-2) didn't allow a run until Eric Thames launched a leadoff homer in the seventh. Brendan Ryan then crushed a two-out homer, ending Dempster's outing.
Robbie Ross retired the only batter he faced before giving way to Mike Adams, who pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth to preserve the one-run lead.
Joe Nathan worked the ninth and stranded a runner at second base to record his 35th save of the season.
"I felt really good, I felt like I had good command of the fastball," said Dempster. "Hats off to the bullpen, what a job they did to come in and preserve the one-run lead, so good win for us."
Texas' Michael Young extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the fifth ... The Mariners were aiming to sweep the Rangers for the first time since Sept. 28-30, 2007 ...Dempster scattered six hits, walked one and struck out eight ... Vargas gave up eight hits in six innings.
- TEXAS: 3
Sep 23 7:20 PM
- Brendan Ryan two-out, solo Home Run (3) to left. Michael Saunders due up.
Rangers 3, Mariners 2 Bot 7, 2 OutsSep 23 6:18 PM
- Eric Thames lead-off Home Run (9) to right. Luis Jimenez due up.
Rangers 3, Mariners 1 Bot 7, 0 OutsSep 23 6:14 PM
- Geovany Soto one-out, two-run Home Run (5) to left scored David Murphy. Craig Gentry due up.
Rangers 3, Mariners 0 Top 4, 1 OutSep 23 5:14 PM
- Mike Napoli one-out, solo Home Run (20) to left center. David Murphy due up.
Rangers 1, Mariners 0 Top 4, 1 OutSep 23 5:09 PM
- TEXAS: 0
Top 1, 1 Out
Sep 23 4:12 PM
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