ARLINGTON -- The Rangers assured themselves of their sixth straight series win with a 5-2 victory over the Mariners at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Tuesday night.
The Rangers have won the first two games of this three-game series and 13 of their last 18. They are one game under .500 and four games out of first place in the American League West.
Texas, with the game tied at 2, scored the go-ahead run in the sixth after Gerald Laird, leading off the inning, singled to left and went to second when left fielder Raul Ibanez bobbled the ball for an error. Chris Shelton bunted him to third, and Ramon Vazquez brought him home with a sacrifice fly.
Rangers starter Kason Gabbard gave up two runs in 5 1/3 innings, and Josh Rupe picked up the win in relief. Rupe has been the winning pitcher in each of his last two outings, both in relief of Gabbard.
Laird singled home the Rangers' first run in the second inning, and he scored the second run after leading off the fourth with a walk against Mariners starter Felix Hernandez.