Tex 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3
Sea 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Date of game: 9/23/2012

Recap: Seattle vs. Texas

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Mike Napoli and Geovany Soto both homered in the fourth inning, leading the Texas Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.

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."

Game Notes

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.

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