ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Seattle Mariners are done on the road after matching the slugging AL West champion Texas Rangers.
Even though the Mariners hit four home runs Sunday, the same as Texas, that again wasn't nearly enough in a 12-5 loss before going home to finish the regular season.
``We're not in that game yet,' manager Eric Wedge said. ``They've got a tremendous lineup.'
Seattle got solo homers from Chris Gimenez, Mike Carp and Kyle Seager and a two-run shot from Alex Liddi.
Yorvit Torrealba homered in consecutive innings for Texas, a solo shot in the sixth and a grand slam in the seventh that stretched the lead to 11-4. Adrian Beltre and Ian Kinsler both hit long homers for Texas off rookie left-hander Charlie Furbush (4-10).
``They're one of the better teams in baseball. They got me with the long ball,' Furbush said. ``I tried to run one away from Beltre, and he got it. The first pitch to Kinsler, I tried to go in, but his swing got that one, too. Pitch selection most of the time isn't what gets you. It's location.'
Kinsler's two-run shot to left-center in the third snapped a 1-1 tie and put Texas ahead to stay before Mike Napoli added an RBI single later in the inning. It was the 31st homer for Kinsler, equaling a career high for the Rangers' leadoff hitter.
Beltre led off the second with his 30th homer, hitting the ninth pitch he got onto the hill in straightaway center. It was his 10th homer in his past 13 games.
``On those two home runs, he missed his spot with the fastball,' Wedge said. ``Beltre had a great at-bat against him.'
Seattle, which finishes the season at home with a three-game series against Oakland, was 4-15 against the Rangers this season.
``This is not a team you want to go into a long-ball contest with. This team, in this park, they don't miss,' said Gimenez, the Mariners' catcher.
``(Furbush) was coming inside with his heater pretty well. The one time he missed, it was a home run (by Kinsler). Those guys don't miss those.'
The Mariners ended with a 28-50 record on the road, having played three fewer games away from home than any other team in the majors.
A scheduling conflict for Florida in June because of a U2 concert forced the Marlins to play their three-game ``home' series at Safeco Field.
With the three-game weekend sweep, Texas matched a franchise record with its 52nd win at home, and stayed a game ahead of Detroit for the second-best record in the American League and home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Texas has won 11 of its past 13 games.
Derek Holland (16-5) pitched his scheduled five innings and matched C.J. Wilson with his team-high 16th victory. The left-hander gave up three runs on a pair of homers while striking out seven and walking one.
``It was pretty good. He got a first-pitch fastball up to Gimenez and today the ball was flying, then he made a mistake to Liddi. Other than that, I thought he did extremely well,' manager Ron Washington said. ``He's growing leaps and bounds, getting better each time he takes the ball.'
Holland has won five consecutive decisions over his past six starts and is 10-1 with a 2.77 ERA over his past 15 starts.
Two days after Craig Gentry's inside-the-park home run for Texas, Esteban German sprinted around the bases and scored for a 6-3 lead while the fireworks were shot off like they are for homers at Rangers Ballpark. But German was officially scored with a sacrifice fly and Trayvon Robinson a rare four-base error.
``That's a ball he has to catch,' Wedge said. ``It looked like he picked his head up to throw home or to third base.'
Gimenez hit a solo homer in the third, an inning before Liddi's two-run shot to get the Mariners within 4-3. And it stayed that way until Robinson's error.
Carp led off the sixth with a shot in the second deck of seats in right field to greet reliever Darren O'Day.
Notes: The Mariners and Rangers combined for eight homers, the 10th game at Rangers Ballpark with at least eight homers. The previous was Aug. 13, 2010, when Texas and Boston combined for nine homers. ... Seattle left-hander Jason Vargas is going for his career-high 10th victory Monday at home against Oakland. ... C.J. Wilson (16-7), who will be the Texas starter for the opening game of the playoffs, makes his last scheduled start of the regular season Monday night against the Angels. Manager Ron Washington said Wilson will throw ``maybe three innings.'
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