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Rangers complete four-game sweep over slumping M's

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Texas has stayed in the American League
West race with its solid play against division foes.

The Seattle Mariners may have fallen out of postseason
contention because of their inability to win against their rivals.

Michael Young hit a tiebreaking two-run triple, Gary Matthews
Jr. drove in three runs and the Rangers beat the slumping Mariners
10-6 Sunday night to complete a four-game sweep.

Carlos Lee also drove in three runs for Texas, which won its
fifth straight game and remain five games behind division-leading
Oakland in the AL West. The Rangers have scored 51 runs during
their winning streak.

Texas improved to 19-14 within its division -- including an 8-2
mark against Seattle.

"We're playing a good brand of baseball right now," Texas
manager Buck Showalter said. "We're hoping to have some fun in
September. We still have half the month of August before we can
make a run at this thing."

Seattle has lost 13 straight games against the AL West and is
10-25 in the division. The Mariners were last swept Sept. 15-18,
2005, against the Rangers. That was also Texas' last four-game
sweep.

The Mariners fell a season-high nine games out of first place.

"We've got a lot of baseball still to play," Seattle manager
Mike Hargrove said. "We're not done. We've got a long uphill
battle ahead of us."

Young's triple off Felix Hernandez gave the Rangers a 5-3 lead
in the fifth inning and put Kevin Millwood (11-8) in the winner's
circle.

Millwood gave up three runs in six innings. He allowed eight
hits and struck out four to win at home for the first time since
June 16.

"It will go down as a quality start," Millwood said. "But for
me, there's a lot of things I could have done better. I was not
putting the ball where I wanted it."

Millwood was the beneficiary of some great defense from
Matthews, who made a leaping catch near the wall in left-center in
the fifth to rob Adrian Beltre of extra bases.

Matthews, who has made several highlight-reel catches in center
this season, also had a three-run double in the second.

"It was pretty close to going out," Matthews said. "Maybe it
would have been off the top of the wall. I thought I had a good
shot at it and then I lost it for a minute. You just have to time
your leap to get the ball at its highest point."

Kenji Johjima and Ben Broussard homered for the Mariners.

Hernandez (10-10) allowed seven runs in 5 2-3 innings. The
right-hander yielded six hits, struck out eight and walked four in
a career-high 117-pitch outing

After giving up three runs in the second, Hernandez retired the
next six before Ian Kinsler led off the fifth with a single.
Matthews then walked to set the stage for Young, who lined an 0-1
pitch to deep center for a triple.

Young came home on Lee's single, and the Rangers added a run in
the sixth when Matt Stairs scored on a wild pitch.

In the seventh, Lee doubled, stole third and came home on an
error to put Texas on top 8-3. He hit a two-run single in the
eighth.

"I'm encouraged by the way we're playing," Matthews said. "We
seem to be rolling on all cylinders."

Hernandez seemed to be cruising as he struck out four of the
first seven hitters he faced.

Broussard's homer and Ichiro Suzuki's RBI single gave Seattle a
2-0 lead in the second. Broussard added a sacrifice fly in the
third.

Game notes
Showalter said after the game that RHP Kip Wells will have
his scheduled start Thursday pushed back until at least Saturday.
Wells, who twisted his left foot Friday night, will see a foot
specialist Monday to further determine his status. Edinson Volquez
will start Thursday for Texas. ... Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki, who was
1-of-14 in the first three games of the series, had two hits. ...
Texas' Mark Teixeira saw his 36-game streak of reaching base come
to end. He was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. ... Former
heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield threw out the ceremonial
first pitch.