The Texas Rangers regrouped with an offensive surge in the series opener, but that could prove difficult to continue facing one of the best pitchers in the AL.
Holland will try to lead the Rangers to their 11th win in 13 road games Tuesday night when he opposes Hisashi Iwakuma in an intriguing pitching matchup at Safeco Field.
A.J. Pierzynski and Mitch Moreland homered, Elvis Andrus had three hits and Texas defeated the Mariners 8-3 on Monday. The Rangers (76-55) remained 2 1/2 games up on Oakland in the AL West following the Athletics' win in Detroit.
Andrus notched his third straight multihit game, and Alex Rios had two RBIs for the second time in three contests after a 10-game stretch in which he had one.
Texas went 4 for 10 with runners in scoring position after going 1 for 14 in those situations over the weekend in consecutive losses to the White Sox.
The Rangers, however, may find things a bit more difficult against Iwakuma (12-6, 2.98 ERA), who has held opponents to a .183 average with runners in scoring position. He also ranks in the AL's top 10 in wins, ERA, opponent batting average (.223) and innings (178).
Iwakuma has won his last two starts, giving up four runs and 11 hits over 14 innings.
The first of those victories came in Texas on Aug. 16, when he allowed one run and four hits while striking out eight over seven innings in a 3-1 win. He's 2-1 with a 2.60 ERA in four starts against the Rangers this season, limiting them to a .179 average.
"They have a very good lineup and I was just keeping the ball down, trying to miss down and not up if I did miss," Iwakuma told the team's official website through an interpreter. "I was making good pitches when I needed and was able to get out of some jams."
Holland (9-6, 2.95) actually outpitched Iwakuma in that game, giving up two hits in seven scoreless innings. He has a 1.67 ERA in his last four starts but only one win in that span.
The left-hander has been tough on the Mariners, going 2-0 with an 0.66 ERA in his last four outings against them. Holland has not allowed an earned run over 23 1-3 innings in three career starts at Safeco and won them all.
"The weather is nice and the roof is closed, but you still have to keep the ball down," Holland said. "Even though it's a pitcher's park, the ball can still go out of here."
Seattle (59-71) has lost four straight at home and has totaled seven runs in its last six games there.
Former Mariner Adrian Beltre is batting .419 over an 11-game hitting streak against his old club and has hit .415 in his last 26 games overall. He's also had Iwakuma's number, going 5 for 11 with two home runs.
Seattle's Kyle Seager hit his 20th home run Monday and is batting .424 with five home runs and 12 RBIs in his last 14 games versus the Rangers.
|August 25, 2013||Leonys Martin||Day-to-Day||Sprained right ankle|
|August 20, 2013||Matt West||60-Day DL||Recovery from right elbow surgery|
|August 16, 2013||Alexi Ogando||Day-to-Day||Right shoulder inflammation|
|August 14, 2013||Alexi Ogando||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|August 03, 2013||Nelson Cruz||Day-to-Day||Lower body|
|July 12, 2013||Justin Grimm||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right forearm|
|July 26, 2013||Mike Zunino||15-Day DL||Fractured left hamate bone|
|July 11, 2013||Nick Franklin||Day-to-Day||Left game - knee soreness|
|July 11, 2013||Endy Chavez||Day-to-Day||Left game - groin tightness|
|June 29, 2013||Dustin Ackley||Day-to-Day||Left game - thumb|
|June 24, 2013||Franklin Gutierrez||15-Day DL||Right hamstring strain|
|June 24, 2013||Franklin Gutierrez||15-Day DL||Right hamstring strain|
SEATTLE (AP) -- Ian Kinsler did everything he could to lead the Texas Rangers to another win. At the biggest moment of the game, all he had to do was stroll home.
Kinsler scored the go-ahead run on Danny Farquar's balk in the 10th inning, handing Texas a 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
"Anytime you win a hard-fought game it adds to the confidence of your club and adds to the toughness of your club," Kinsler said.
Kinsler started the winning rally with one-out single against Farquar (0-2) for his fourth hit. He advanced on Adrian Beltre 's single, and then swiped third. After A.J. Pierzynski fouled out, home plate umpire CB Bucknor called a balk on Farquar with Alex Rios at the plate, allowing Kinsler to come home.
"It was a balk. Very minor, but it was a balk," Farquar said. "I had to go back and look at the video to see it, because at the time I had no idea. It was the slightest flinch."
Texas manager Ron Washington gave Kinsler credit for noticing Farquar was using a high leg kick and then stealing third to be in position to score on the balk - a violation which Washington didn't notice.
"I just saw CB yelling balk, and started smiling," Washington said.
Tanner Scheppers (6-2) wiggled out of a jam in the ninth to get the win and Joe Nathan finished for his 38th save in 40 chances as the AL West-leading Rangers won for the sixth time in eight games.
"Scheppers was dynamic tonight," Washington said. "He just overpowered them, and we certainly needed that right there."
A day after coming off the disabled list, Franklin Gutierrez homered for the first time since June 22 for Seattle, which has lost five straight.
All the runs prior to the odd 10th inning came when both starters ran into trouble early before setting down, turning a tie game over to the bullpens after six innings.
Texas starter Derek Holland allowed three runs and six hits, walked four and struck out five. The left-hander is unbeaten in his last six starts, with five no-decisions in that stretch.
Holland walked two of his first three batters, setting up Kendrys Morales ' run-scoring double and Justin Smoak 's sacrifice fly.
Holland credited Kinsler for coming over in the dugout after the first inning and helping get him back on track.
"Saying a few things to me to get me back in my groove and calm me down," Holland said. "I got a little frustrated, let my emotions eat me up a little bit but after that I felt like I settled down and got stronger as the game went on."
Mariners starter Hishashi Iwakuma struck out the side in the first but ran into trouble of his own in the second, allowing three runs on four hits, including RBI singles by Mitch Moreland , David Murphy and Elvis Andrus .
Iwakuma needed 55 pitches to get through those first two innings but cruised through his last four, only allowing a pair of singles after the second. The Japanese right-hander yielded seven hits, struck out seven and walked one.
Gutierrez tied it at 3 with a leadoff drive to center in the third. Gutierrez, who missed much of the season with hamstring issues, has six home runs in 69 at bats.
The Mariners looked ready to close out the game in the ninth, but were unable to score after a promising start to the inning.
Michael Saunders led off with a single, and Dustin Ackley followed with a bunt. The ball popped off his bat to the pitcher's mound, but reliever Neal Cotts had rushed in and the ball went over his head, giving Ackley a single.
Scheppers then came in and escaped the threat. Humberto Quintero also popped up his bunt, which was caught this time by first baseman Moreland. Pinch hitter Nick Franklin and second baseman Brad Miller struck out to send the game to extra innings.
"My job is just to go out there and minimize the damage," Scheppers said. "You've just got to go out there and do the job."
NOTES: Seattle C Mike Zunino , who has been on the disabled list since July 26 with a broken bone in his left wrist, started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma. "He'll be down there the rest of the week and we'll see where we're at," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. ... The Mariners closed the clubhouse before the game for a team meeting. "I just wanted to talk to them," Wedge said. "What I'm seeing is not what we're about. Not that they're playing bad baseball, they haven't, but we just haven't scored any runs." ... Beltre's 10th inning single extended his 12-game hitting streak against the Mariners. ... Holland has not lost in his last 11 road starts, the third-longest streak in team history.