Hunter six-hits M's as Rangers win opener of DH

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tommy Hunter threw a six-hitter for his first complete game and the Texas Rangers hit three homers to beat the Seattle Mariners 7-2 in the rain-delayed opener of a doubleheader Sunday.

Chris Davis, David Murphy and Nelson Cruz connected for the Rangers, who began the day three games behind Boston for the AL wild card. The Red Sox swept a doubleheader from slumping Tampa Bay at Fenway Park.

Ichiro Suzuki doubled in four at-bats, leaving him one hit shy of setting a major league record with his ninth straight 200-hit season. Suzuki and "Wee" Willie Keeler (1894-1901) are tied.

Rain that pelted the area for the past four days caused the game to begin 4 hours, 31 minutes after the originally scheduled start time of 12:35 p.m. It was a makeup of Friday night's rainout.

Texas, which has won eight of 11, was playing its third doubleheader this month.

Suzuki knocked in Seattle's first run with a third-inning double off Hunter (8-3) that pulled the Mariners to 2-1.

Hunter, a rookie, struck out two and walked two in his 15th big league start. Esteban German had two doubles and reached base three times for Texas.

Seattle rookie Doug Fister (2-2) gave up five runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. It was his seventh major league start.

Marlon Byrd's RBI groundout in the first and Davis' solo homer in the second gave Texas a 2-0 lead.

In the fourth, German's run-scoring double and Julio Borbon's RBI single pushed the advantage to 4-1. Murphy's solo drive in the fifth, Elvis Andrus' sacrifice fly in the sixth and Cruz's solo homer in the seventh made it 7-1.

The Rangers are still missing two All-Stars: outfielder Josh Hamilton and third baseman Michael Young. Hamilton has missed the last eight games with a pinched nerve in his back and Young has sat out the past nine with a strained left hamstring.

Both could return for this weekend's series against the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels.

Seattle has lost six of seven.

Game notes
The Rangers are 10-5 against the Mariners this season and 25-14 against the AL West. ... With a first-inning infield single, Andrus extended his hitting streak to 14 games, longest by an AL rookie this season. ... Struggling Rangers RHP Kevin Millwood had a pregame bullpen session in an attempt to sort out some mechanical issues following another disappointing start Saturday night. Texas manager Ron Washington said Millwood is still set to take his regular turn in the rotation Friday night against the Angels. Millwood pitched only 3 2/3 innings Friday in an 8-3 loss to Seattle, his shortest outing this season. He has lasted less than six innings in five of his past six starts.