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The Mariners' wild-card hopes take a hit, as the Rangers' Martin Perez and relievers hold down the offense

MARTIN PEREZThe Seattle Mariners probably have to win most of their games remaining — and hope for help — to make the American League playoffs.

So, losing a 3-1 game to Texas in the first game of the team's final homestand wasn't an ideal result. It was the fourth loss in a row.

Martin Perez allowed four hits and one run in 6 1/3 innings, and four relievers held the Mariners scoreless.

Joey Gallo drove in a run with a second-inning groundout, but Seattle tied it 1-1 on Ben Gamel's RBI double in the fifth inning.

With Nick Vincent pitching, the Rangers scored twice in the eighth inning. Carlos Gomez doubled, and pinch-runner Will Middlebrooks scored on Shin-Soo Choo's sacrifice fly. Elvis Andrus drove in an insurance run with a single, scoring Delino DeShields, who had singled.

Seattle went out 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Mike Leake provided another strong start, allowing six hits and one run while striking out five and walking none in 6 2/3 innings.

Seattle (74-77) and Texas (74-76) play again at 7 p.m. Wednesday, with Felix Hernandez (5-4, 4.19) pitching opposite Andrew Cashner (9-10, 3.40).

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