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Rapid Reaction: Rangers 9, M's 2

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers starter Matt Harrison became the fifth Texas starter to reach double-digit wins and the fourth currently with 10 wins, his first 10-win season. The composed lefty allowed two runs on three hits in the third inning and just a pair of hits otherwise over seven innings for his 16th quality start of the season. Harrison induced two more double-play grounders, increasing his major league high to 28 in the category. He struck out six and walked none.

The Rangers have never had all five starters with at least 10 wins.

On the other side, the Seattle Mariners' hurlers were a mess. Through seven innings, three pitchers combined to allow nine runs on 14 hits. They issued seven free passes and threw in two wild pitches. The 9-2 deficit could have been worse. Texas stranded 10 runners.

* With the Los Angeles Angels getting the night off before starting a six-game road trip through The Bronx and Toronto, the Rangers increased their division lead to 1.5 games.

* Nelson Cruz snapped an 0-for-15 skid in his first at-bat, punishing Charlie Furbush's 1-1 slider into the left-field bleachers. It was his team-leading 25th homer as he closes in on his career-high of 33 in 2009. Cruz added an RBI double off the center-field wall in the sixth, giving him 74 RBIs, four shy of the career high set last season.

* Needing a triple for the cycle, Cruz grounded out to shortstop in the eighth. He singled in the second and also walked in the fifth as he reached base in his first four trips to the plate.

* After reaching base three times Sunday night, Mike Napoli reached his first four at-bats Monday night. He needed an error on third baseman Adam Kennedy in the second inning, then walked and had consecutive singles, the second one driving in a run to give the Rangers a 9-2 lead in the sixth inning.

* Elvis Andrus extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a first-inning single.

* Mitch Moreland singled three times and walked. His first two hits came off lefty starter Charlie Furbush. Moreland narrowly missed a four-hit night and a home run in the eighth with deep drive to the warning track in left.

* One night after collecting two infield hits to reach 2,000 career hits, Michael Young went 1-for-3 with a run scored. He provided the first hit of the fifth inning, following Josh Hamilton's walk, when the Rangers sent nine batters to the plate.

* Texas sent 15 batters to the plate in the the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, they scored two runs on two fielder's choices and in the fifth, four walks and three singles led to three runs while stranding the bases loaded. Napoli and Yorvit Torrealba delivered RBI singles with the bases loaded in the fifth. David Murphy had the hardest shot of the two innings, but his liner was caught by first baseman Mike Carp, who doubled off a helpless Moreland diving back to first.

* The Rangers sent another seven batters to the plate in the sixth inning.

* The Rangers had the odd two-base hit inning, yet had no baserunners to show for it and sent the minimum three batters to plate. Hamilton led off the third with a stroke to left field that he tried to stretch into a double, but Trayvon Robinson's throw was on the money and Hamilton was out. Two batters later, Cruz singled to right near the foul line and he decided to test Ichiro Suzuki's arm. Cruz slid in safely head first, but his momentum carried him off the bag and shortstop Jack Wilson applied the tag for the third out.

* Seattle committed two fielding errors in the first two innings (leading to a run in the second inning), but two plays in the fourth that don't go down as errors really hurt. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Murphy sent a grounder to first baseman Carp. Instead of coming home for the easy force out, he threw to second for the only out. Next up, Ian Kinsler grounded to shortstop Wilson for what should have been a routine double play. But Wilson bobbled the pickup and could only get the force at second. The Rangers scored two runs on balls that didn't leave the infield.

* Mark Lowe pitched a pitched a perfect eighth inning, needing just nine pitches to retire the side. He has not allowed an earned run in his last nine games and eight innings.

* Darren O'Day got the call for mop-up duty in the ninth inning. O'Day, who was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday to take the place of Alexi Ogando (paternity leave), had not pitched in a big-league game since July 6. He gave up a two-out double, and then got the final out on a squibber to second.