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Murphy helps Rangers down M's

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - David Murphy drove in three runs to help the Texas Rangers take a 5-2 win over the Seattle Mariners in the second of a three-game set.

Nelson Cruz hit a solo home run while Jurickson Profar went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Rangers, who have won three straight and five of seven. Derek Holland (4-2) gave up two unearned runs on four hits with 10 strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings to win his third straight decision.

Kendrys Morales drove in both runs for the Mariners, who have dropped eight straight games. Felix Hernandez (5-4) dropped his second straight start as he gave up all five runs on 11 hits in just 5 2/3 innings.

Texas jumped on top in the second inning. Singles from Mitch Moreland and A.J. Pierzynski to begin the frame were followed by a base hit from Profar for the first run of the inning. Two batters later, Elvis Andrus hit a grounder to short that saw Pierzynski thrown out at home, but Murphy followed with a two- run double for a 3-0 lead.

In the third, the Mariners got two back. Jason Bay walked with one out and later stole second. Michael Morse then hit a grounder to short that Andrus misplayed and Morales followed that with a double to center that scored both runners to make it a 3-2 game.

Cruz's two-out solo shot over the wall in right in the fifth, his 12th of the year, gave the Rangers a 4-2 lead.

The Rangers plated another run in the sixth on Murphy's RBI single that scored Leonys Martin for a 5-2 lead.

Holland left the game with two outs in the seventh after walking Bay, but Robbie Ross got Kyle Seager to pop out and end the frame.

Craig Gentry pitched around a two-out single in the eighth inning, while Joe Nathan threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his 16th save of the season.

Game Notes

Texas has won seven of nine from Seattle this season ... Holland improved to 8-2 in his career against the Mariners, and is now 3-0 at Safeco Field ... Hernandez has faced Texas more than any other team during his career, but is now just 12-18 in 36 starts against the team.

05/26 01:57:19 ET