Smoak's three-run homer lifts Mariners over Rangers

clee post1 Smoak's three run homer lifts Mariners over Rangers

Justin Smoak belted a three-run homer in his return to the Lone Star State, and the Seattle Mariners held on to beat the Rangers, 7-5, on an evening Texas celebrated its first division title in 11 years.

Texas’ first-round pick in 2008, Smoak was dealt to the Mariners in the trade involving pitcher Cliff Lee.

Nelson Cruz launched a three-run homer and Vladimir Guerrero added a solo shot for the Rangers, who returned home from a 5-5 road trip during which they clinched their first playoff spot and AL West crown since 1999.

Texas raised the division championship flag and unfurled a banner prior to the opener of this three-game set.

The September woes continued for Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson (14-8) after he was tagged for six runs on eight hits over five full frames. The left-hander is winless (0-3) in five outings this month. Get more Rangers news on

  • chris

    For the all the hype surrounding Lee the rangers actually made the playoffs in spite of what he’s done….here’s to hoping he turns it around and they can go on to win a World series, otherwise i have no doubt ranger fans and management will be regreting this trade for years to come

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