Rangers continue to dominate M's

Texas Rangers catcher Matt Treanor (15) applies the tag to Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki, right, of Japan, who struck out in the seventh inning Thursday in Arlington, Texas. Suzuki went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and was 1 for 15 in the four-game series. The Rangers won 12-3.<br><i>AP photo by Tony Gutierrez</i>

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Texas Rangers were picked by some before the season to contend with the Seattle Mariners in the tight AL West.

So far, the matchup has been a Rangers runaway.

Josh Hamilton homered for the fourth time in seven games, Michael Young went 3 for 4 with a homer, and the Rangers won their third straight over the Mariners, 12-3 on Thursday night.

Texas improved to 8-2 against Seattle this season, outscoring the Mariners 31-6 in the final three games of the four-game series.

"Everyone is pulling their weight," Rangers manager Ron Washington said of his offense. "I hope we can continue it. (The Mariners) got some pitches up in the zone and we haven't missed 'em."

Hamilton got the Rangers' offense rolling with a two-run homer in a three-run first.

Hamilton had three RBIs, giving him 13 during a seven-game homestand. Hamilton has driven in at least one run in seven straight games, the longest streak by a Ranger this season.

Julio Borbon added three hits for Texas. Vladimir Guerrero, Justin Smoak and David Murphy all had two hits and two RBIs for the Rangers.

"One guy hits, and it takes off from there," Borbon said.

The Rangers, who had 17 hits, increased their lead in the AL West to 1½ games over the Los Angeles Angels.

Seattle has lost six of seven to fall 10 games behind Texas in the division, but Washington said the Mariners aren't out of the race quite yet.

"Before 162 games are over, I'm quite sure you'll hear from Seattle," Washington said.

Texas' Tommy Hunter (2-0) allowed three runs - two earned - and five hits in six innings of his second major league start this season.

Hunter threw a five-hitter in a 6-1 victory over Tampa Bay on Saturday in his season debut.

This time, his run support was far better.

"It's fun to pitch like that," Hunter said. "When your team gets 17 hits, it makes it a lot easier to pitch."

Michael Saunders and Chone Figgins had two hits each for the Mariners.

Two Seattle errors led to eight unearned runs in the kind of sloppy performance that has hurt the Mariners all season.

"They had eight unearned runs on ground balls, on plays that should have been made," Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu said. "We're embarrassed. There are no excuses."

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