Texas skipper expects tight games in Seattle

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers manager Ron Washington expects close, low-scoring games in Seattle, where Texas opens a three-game series at 9:10 p.m. Friday.

“We never blow those guys out in Seattle,’’ Washington said. “We’ve always played close games and I don’t expect it to be any different this time.’’

The Rangers begin a six-game road trip, which includes a stop for three in Oakland, with a 3 1/2-game lead over the Angels. Los Angeles opens a three-game series at Baltimore on Friday. Texas has 12 games remaining, including the final three games of the regular season in Anaheim.

Texas owns a 5-2 lead over the Mariners in Seattle, but neither team has scored more than five runs in a game.

The Rangers lost two of three in a visit in early May by scores of 4-3 and 3-1. The Rangers’ win was by a score of 5-2.

Texas swept four from Seattle in a mid-July trip, winning 5-0, 4-0, 5-1 and 3-1.

“Seattle has had trouble scoring runs, but they can pitch,’’ Washington said. “Safeco is a big ballpark and we’ve seen some well-hit balls to the alley not carry. But we’ve seen a few carry, too.’’