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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Kyle Seager broke out of his 0-for-21 slump in a big way, powering his Seattle Mariners to a 3-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night at Rangers Ballpark.

Seager sent an 0-2 pitch in the eighth inning just over the wall in right-center field for a two-run homer. Justin Smoak added a solo homer in the ninth for the Mariners.

With the victory in the opener of the three-game series, the Mariners (56-65) halted a two-game losing streak and improved to 2-3 on their nine-game road trip.

Texas (70-52) lost for just the second time in its last 12 games and saw its lead in the American League West fall to a game, pending the outcome of Oakland's game against Cleveland.

The Rangers had an opportunity to rally in the eighth, putting two runners in scoring position with one out. But Ian Kinsler struck out and, after an intentional walk to Adrian Beltre, A.J. Pierzynski popped out to third to end the threat.

Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma picked up his first win in five starts to improve to 11-6 and his third win against the Rangers this year. Iwakuma pitched through seven innings, striking out eight and giving up one earned run.

His counterpart, Texas starter Derek Holland, left with a no-decision despite allowing just two hits -- both in the fifth -- without a run crossing the plate.

Appearing to be heading to his 10th win of the season, Holland left a 1-0 lead to his bullpen as Neal Cotts took the mound in the eighth.

Cotts gave up the home run to Seager. It was just his second homer allowed by Cotts this season with both coming against the Mariners.

Danny Farquhar worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save of the season.

Close plays and calls brought Rangers manager Ron Washington out of the dugout four times in the first four innings.

After Elvis Andrus was called out at the plate attempting to score from first on a single by Adrian Beltre in the first inning, Washington came out to argue. He returned in the second to speak with home plate umpire Doug Eddings on a strikeout call in which the Rangers insisted was a foul ball in the dirt.

Texas broke a scoreless tie in the fourth when Pierzynski's line drive found the gap in left-center field to bring home Kinsler from third.

But there was more controversy when Pierzynski was called out at second. Umpire Angel Hernandez ruled that Pierzynski had come off the bag, bringing Washington out to argue again.

Washington was not ejected despite the multiple protests.

NOTES: The Rangers announced that RHP Alexi Ogando would likely miss his scheduled Monday start because of shoulder soreness. Ogando underwent a CT scan on Wednesday. ... Lance Berkman remained on the disabled list despite being eligible to return on Friday. Berkman said that he is speaking with the Rangers about a return possibly in September. ... Seattle announced that manager Eric Wedge could return to the team during its next homestand. Wedge has been away from the team since July 22 after a stroke.
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