Mariners beat short-handed Rangers 6-3

Associated Press Modified: September 22, 2012 at 1:31 am •  Published: September 22, 2012

SEATTLE (AP) — The Texas Rangers missed two key players along with the opportunity to gain a game in the tight AL West race.

Carlos Triunfel drove in the tiebreaking run in the fourth inning and Miguel Olivo hit a two-run homer in the eighth to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 6-3 victory over the Rangers on Friday night.

Hisashi Iwakuma (7-5) held the Rangers to three runs and eight hits in seven innings, and Justin Smoak had three hits and scored two runs for the Mariners.

Tom Wilhelmsen worked the ninth to pick up his 28th save in 32 opportunities.

The Rangers were without third baseman Adrian Beltre (stomach) and outfielder Josh Hamilton (sinus/blurred vision). Beltre should be available Saturday, while Hamilton is out for the weekend series while undergoing tests back in Dallas.

"We're not making it easy on ourselves when two guys like that aren't in the lineup but we have plenty of depth," said David Murphy, who had three hits and all three RBI. "We're still going to battle offensively and do whatever we can to scratch runs across.

"Those are our horses. Between them they have 70-something home runs and 200-plus RBI. It hurts but we're not at the point in the year when we can sit back and dwell on that. We have to keep playing good baseball and keep nailing down wins."

Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez, who had a triple and scored a run, said without Hamilton and Beltre "those guys look a lot different. Those guys make a lot of difference on that team."

Texas remains four games ahead of Oakland in the division with 12 games remaining. The A's lost 2-1 in 10 innings against the New York Yankees.

"We want to win every day. Just the fact they lose doesn't mean it's a must-win situation," Murphy said. "It would have been nice to shave another game off that (magic number) but bottom line is we're just playing for wins. We're not worried about what they're doing."

Texas starter Martin Perez (1-2) gave up three runs and six hits in four innings. He struck out three, walked two and threw two wild pitches.

It was even more frustrating for the Rangers because they gave a little help to the Mariners, who scored one run on an error by Michael Young and another on one of Perez's wild pitches.

The Rangers tied the score at 2 in the fourth. With one out, Young singled to right and advanced to third on Nelson Cruz's doubled to left, and both scored on Murphy's single to center.

The Mariners regained the lead in the bottom of the inning. Triunfel's double down the left-field line scored Casper Wells all the way from first to put Seattle ahead 3-2.

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