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Iwakuma pitches Mariners to win over Rangers

Published On: Apr 13 2013 12:14:32 AM CDT

SEATTLE -- Kyle Seager had a two-run double, Hisashi Iwakuma made it stand with 6 2/3 strong innings, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 on Friday night to end a three-game losing streak.

Iwakuma (2-0) got the better of his countryman and Texas starter Yu Darvish in the seventh all-time pitching matchup between the pair, both in Japan and the majors. Darvish (2-1) holds a 4-3 advantage when the pair match up on the mound.

Iwakuma held the Rangers bats silent until the fourth inning when Ian Kinsler led off with a homer. That proved to be the extent of the Rangers' offense as Iwakuma and three relievers combined to shut down Texas.

Tom Wilhelmsen pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

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