Justin Smoak homered and had three hits, David Pauley pitched six effective innings, and the Seattle Mariners edged the AL West champion Texas Rangers 7-5 on Monday night.
Pauley (4-8) allowed two runs and eight hits, struck out three
and walked two.
Entering Monday night's start, the Mariners had scored only 18
runs this season in Pauley's first 13 starts. This time, his
teammates provided him with six runs.
Pauley is winless in six home decisions, but is 4-2 on the road.
Brandon League pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save in 11
Smoak, traded to the Mariners by the Rangers on July 9 in the
deal that sent left-hander Cliff Lee to Texas, hit a towering
three-run shot to left in the fifth off C.J. Wilson (14-8) that
extended Seattle's lead to 6-1.