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Pierzynski's HR breaks game open, Rangers top Mariners

12:55 AM, Aug 27, 2013   |    comments
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Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - A.J. Pierzynski broke the game open with a three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Texas Rangers defeated the Seattle Mariners, 8-3, in Monday's opener of a three-game set at Safeco Field.

Alex Rios had two hits with two RBI, Mitch Moreland knocked a solo homer and Elvis Andrus ended 3-for-5 with a run-scoring single for the Rangers, who bounced back from their first two-game losing streak in over month.

Travis Blackley (2-1) went six full innings, yielding three runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Neal Cotts, Joakim Soria and Tanner Scheppers each tossed a hitless inning of relief.

Joe Saunders (10-13) was tagged for seven runs on nine hits and three walks over seven frames for Seattle, which had won five of its last seven meetings with Texas.

Kyle Seager hit his 20th home run of the season and Brad Miller knocked in a pair in Seattle's fourth straight defeat.

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