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Mariners keep dominating Rangers for a year

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The Seattle Mariners have won 32 of their last 45 games and are above .500 in 9 games, a season high.

The Mariners are looking to continue their upward trajectory, as well as their recent dominance over the Texas Rangers, on Friday as they begin their nine-game road trip with the opener of the three-game series in Arlington, Texas.

Seattle won the series over the New York Yankees, earning American his second wild card qualification in his league.

Sam Haggerty hit his solo shot in his sixth inning of his 4-3 victory over the Yankees, recording the Mariners' first hit of the day. Haggerty has hit . 350 with 4 home runs and he has 11 RBIs since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on June 29.

It doesn't have to be anything special," Seattle manager Scott Serves said. "I didn't ask Sam Haggerty to suddenly be Mickey Mantle. He wasn't trying to do too much, and it worked out that way."

Sure. And while Haggerty won't be confused with a Hall of Famer anytime soon, the 28-year-old has had impressive stats against Texas this season. He's 11-20 in his eight games with one homer, two RBIs, and seven runs scored.

Overall, the Mariners have won eight straight against Texas, and he has won 11 of 13 matches this season. That dominance dates back to last season, when Seattle has won 16 of its last 18 games against divisional rivals.

Seattle rookie right-hander George Kirby (3-3, 3.40 ERA) is expected to add to those totals when he takes the mound on Friday.

Kirby, 24, visited Los Angeles on Saturday. . Since being given an option to Tacoma on July 9 as a means of limiting his workload, he has allowed only three runs on 11 hits in 15 innings of three starts. 37} "He looked great," said Servais. "After we stopped him and let him breathe a bit, he came back and threw a very good pitch. Bello was still there, the secondary was there, and he looked strong. That's what we need from him going forward.”

Kirby has a 1.64 ERA and Texas is capped at . It records two no-decisions.

The Rangers lost to the Houston Astros 7-3 on Thursday afternoon, his seventh loss in 10 games.

Texas looks to be rebounding behind Josh Sborz (0-0, 5.87) making his first start of the season after 13 relief appearances.

His Sborz, 28, was recalled from his locks in the Triple-A round after Matt Bush was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers at his deadline. The big league right-hander has pitched four scoreless innings since he joined the club.

Leody Taveras also may have played a role in turning things around for the Rangers after scoring consecutive multi-hitting his games to close out his series in Houston.

"I'm proud of (Taveras)," said Texas manager Chris Woodward. "He has come a long way in a short time. He has proven to us that I cannot beat him."

– Field Level Media