dl rangers3 King Felix solid as Mariners down Rangers Felix Hernandez pitched eight stellar innings to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 3-1 win over the Texas Rangers in the middle installment of a three-game series at Rangers Ballpark.

Scott Feldman suffered the loss in a brief outing. Feldman (7-11) allowed three runs on five hits over 4 1/3 innings of work for the AL West-champion Rangers, who are waiting to see how things shake out in terms of their potential playoff opponent.

Both New York and Tampa Bay clinched playoff berths earlier Tuesday, which completes the four spots in the American League along with Minnesota.

Both teams stranded six baserunners…It was Smoak’s 12th home run of the season…Hernandez threw 111 pitches (71 strikes)…The scheduled pitching matchup for Wednesday’s matinee finale is set to feature Texas right-hander Rich Harden against southpaw Jason Vargas…Hernandez lowered his 2010 ERA to 2.27 and has now pitched into the seventh inning in a club-record 25 consecutive starts. He improved to 10-12 lifetime against Texas (28 starts).

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