Rapid Reaction: Rangers 3, M's 1

SEATTLE -- The Rangers swept the Mariners and won their 11th consecutive game to take a four-game lead in the AL West (Oakland finished off winning three of four at home against the Angels). Matt Harrison continued the solid starting pitching for Texas and Mitch Moreland took care off all the offense. Texas is now 55-41 on the season. Some quick thoughts (more to come shortly from the clubhouse):

* The 11-game winning streak ties the 2010 team for the second longest in club history. That one was June 12-24 (against Milwaukee, Florida, Houston and Pittsburgh). This one now features Baltimore, Oakland and Seattle. Will the Rangers add the Angels to that list? They head to Anaheim for a three-game set on Tuesday. And no matter what happens, they'll come back home to Texas next weekend in first place. The club record is 14 wins in a row.

* The four-game lead in the AL West matches the Rangers' largest of the season. The Rangers were four up after a 9-1 start on April 11.

* After watching the Mariners struggle to do much of anything on offense for three games, Harrison didn't try to do anything fancy. He threw strikes, got ahead of hitters and made the Mariners find holes. They couldn't do it often. Harrison gave up just five hits and one run in 7 2/3 innings. It ended a tremendous series for the Rangers pitchers, who allowed two runs to a Mariners team that was hitting just .222 coming into Sunday's game.

* That's the eighth time in the last nine games that a Rangers starter has pitched at least seven innings.

* Texas pitchers have given up two runs in the last five games. Two. That's easily a club record for a five-game span. The previous best was four runs allowed in five games early in the 1981 season when the Rangers had a club-record four straight shutouts.

* Harrison's biggest out came in the eighth, when he struck out Ichiro Suzuki. The Mariners had scored a run and had a runner on first in a two-run game. Harrison threw a nasty breaking ball to get Ichiro and then Mark Lowe came in to get the final out of the inning.

* Moreland, moved down to No. 9 in the lineup after manager Ron Washington said he wanted to get him to relax, blasted a three-run homer to end an 0-for-14 stretch. The crushing blow came in the second and it gave Harrison a quick lead.

* Mike Napoli was behind the plate for the first time in the series and continued calling a solid game. He came in with a 2.59 catchers ERA and helped Harrison pitch well. The Rangers are 17-7 when Napoli is behind the plate. Napoli has caught eight of Harrison's starts and the left-handed pitcher has a 1.34 ERA and a 6-2 mark in those outings.

* Napoli's walk in the second was critical. With one on base, Napoli had a nine-pitch walk, fouling off some 3-2 pitches. Moreland then followed with the homer.

* Give Washington some credit for the lineup. He moved Moreland down to ninth and inserted David Murphy seventh and both helped produce the three-run inning.

* There were two scary moments in the game from a Rangers perspective. Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz nearly ran into each other in shallow right field in the third. Kinsler made a nice play to just avoid it. Then in the seventh, Kinsler was hit in the ear hole of his batting helmet by a Blake Beavan fastball. It made a loud noise and Kinsler went down immediately. He got up and walked to first base. Beavan was taken out of the game and gave Kinsler a wave with his glove and Kinsler nodded. (Beavan looked worried and clearly didn't mean to do it.)

* Beavan, the Irving native and former Rangers first-round draft pick (2007), had a solid outing. Outside of that wobbly second inning, he got through 6 2/3 innings and gave up the three runs, another quality start. In three big league outings, he has a 2.70 ERA and has three quality starts.

* Elvis Andrus' defense has really improved of late (along with the rest of the team's). In the fourth inning, he got to all three ground balls and made confident, accurate throws. He's shown better focus on the routine plays. Andrus charged a ball off the bat of Franklin Gutierrez and made an off-balance throw to first to end the eighth. It kept the go-ahead run from batting.

* Neftali Feliz earned the save, pitching for the third consecutive game. The Mariners still don't have a hit off him in his career, now 0-for-33 with two walks and 13 strikeouts.

* Josh Hamilton had a double in the first for just his second daytime hit since his return from the disabled list. He was 1-for-36 prior to that. He ended up 1-for-4. He talked before the game about seeing the ball better.