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Rapid Reaction: Rangers 5, Seattle 1

SEATTLE -- The Rangers ended two streaks, but extended the one that matters most -- now a 10-game win streak. Texas' 5-1 victory wasn't a shutout, like the past three games, but it was good enough to increase the AL West lead to three games over the Angels, who split a doubleheader with the A's. A quick look at the game (more to come from the clubhouse):

* The scoreless inning streak came to an end at 33 for the Rangers when Ichiro Suzuki (who else?) hit a two-out RBI single off C.J. Wilson in the fifth. The streak ties the second-longest in club history. Ichiro's hit also ended the Mariners' streak of 30 innings without a run, a club record.

* The three-game lead is the club's largest in the AL West since April 12, after a 9-2 start (and Josh Hamilton's injury). The 10 straight wins are the most since the club won 11 consecutive last June.

* Ian Kinsler started the game with a home run to left field off a 1-1 fastball. It was the fifth time Kinsler led off a game with a homer in 2011 and the 18th time in his career, a club record. The five leadoff homers are the most in the majors (Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks has four). It was a great way to start a game where you assume runs are at a premium with Felix Hernandez on the mound.

* Kinsler hit another one off Hernandez in the eighth to left field. It was his second multi-HR game of the season and the ninth of his career. Before the game, Kinsler was batting just 8-for-49 (.163) off Hernandez. Now he's 10-for-53 with three homers. Kinsler has 15 homers on the season. He had nine all of last year (but 31 in 2009). He's just the third player to hit two homers off Hernandez in one game. The others: Brian Anderson, White Sox (Aug. 26, 2005 at Safeco) and Jack Hannahan, Oakland (Aug. 24, 2008 at Safeco).

* The Rangers scored in the first inning for the third straight time in the series. Early runs with a confident pitching staff are huge.

* Right after the Mariners tied the score, the Rangers re-took the lead. Endy Chavez singled to lead things off in the sixth. Kinsler moved him over on a hit-and-run ground ball and then Elvis Andrus scored him with a single. The Rangers executed a double steal (with Andrus and Josh Hamilton) but couldn't score any more runs.

* Andrus had a great highlight in the eighth, stealing a run on the bases. After a single, he went to second on a balk and third on a wild pitch. He then scored when Hernandez lobbed a ball to first base to Hamilton on a chopper to the mound. As soon as Hernandez lobbed it, Andrus took off and slid in under the tag.

* The aggressive baserunning continued in the eighth as Adrian Beltre motored all the way around from first to score on Michael Young's double down the line to make it 5-1.

* Wilson did not have his best stuff Saturday, but he managed to pitch out of a few jams and gave his team seven innings and yet another quality start. Rangers starters have thrown at least seven innings in nine of the last 11 games and have gone six in all 11. They have nine quality starts in that span. Very impressive. Wilson now has 10 wins and dropped his ERA to 3.11.

* Before the hit by Andrus in the sixth, he hit a foul ball down the right-field line. Ichiro came over to the stands to try to catch it, but a fan got in his way. The crowd, fired up after honoring the 2001 AL West champion 116-win team in a ceremony, booed the fan. And then did it again when Andrus got a hit.

* Wilson made an errant throw on an infield single by Adam Kennedy in the second. Wilson should not have even attempted a throw to first, but did and threw it well over the bag, allowing Kennedy to go to second. Wilson got out of the inning without letting his error cost him.

* Hamilton showed off his arm in the fifth inning. With Franklin Gutierrez at first, Kyle Seager hit a fly ball to left. Gutierrez tagged up and started to go to second, but Hamilton spun around and fired a bullet on the fly to second baseman Michael Young. Gutierrez wisely turned around and got back to first once he saw Hamilton firing. Hamilton was at it again in the sixth when he cut off Dustin Ackley's hit in the gap. Hamilton quickly made a long throw to second and just missed getting Ackley.

* Andrus made a nice defensive play in the sixth, after a hop off the mound went straight to him, he stuck with it, stepped on second and threw to first to complete the double play and end a Mariners threat.

* It was another solid showing for Mark Lowe, who hit 99 mph on the gun and got out of the eighth inning. He gave up a leadoff single before striking out three in a row. Neftali Feliz, after throwing just two pitches on Friday, came in to finish things off in the ninth.