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SEA@CLE: Noesi fires 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball

The Mariners matched their season-best win streak of four games with a win Monday over the Rangers, whom they are looking up to in the American League West.

Seattle, which swept the Rockies over the weekend and then took the first of a three-game set with Texas, has been propelled by strong pitching. The Mariners have allowed just eight runs over their recent run of success, including a shutout, which started things off.

Hector Noesi, coming off his third quality start of the season, will look to guide the Mariners to a season-high fifth straight win when he gets the ball Tuesday.

Noesi, 2-4 with a 5.61 ERA, and the Mariners, are just happy to be home at Safeco Field after playing 28 of their first 43 on the road, which was tops in the Major Leagues.

"It's great to be home," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "I mean, we haven't been home a great deal this year, so these guys are excited to be home, I'm excited to be home and ready to play some more baseball."

They will be up against Matt Harrison, who has scuffled of late after starting hot, but has pitched well against the Mariners over his career. He's 6-1 with a 2.67 ERA all-time against Seattle, which is the left-hander's best ERA against any team he has started at least two games against in his career.

Harrison, who went 3-0 with a 1.66 ERA in his first three starts, is 1-3 with a 8.10 ERA over his last four, but is using the ending of his last outing as a source of motivation.

"I just want to build off the last few innings of my last game," said Harrison, who blanked Oakland over 4 1/3 innings after allowing three runs in the first. "I felt I gained some confidence at the end of the game after battling through the first few innings. I need to pitch a few games in a row to get back to where I was at the beginning of the year."

Seattle's win Monday moved the club 6 1/2 games behind Texas, which has lost five of its past eight.

The Rangers went 15-4 vs. the Mariners in 2011 -- their most wins against an opponent in a single season.

Rangers: Hamilton in homer drought
Slugger Josh Hamilton is in the midst of his longest stretch without a home run this season.

After failing to connect in Monday's loss to Seattle, Hamilton, who leads the Majors with 18 home runs, has gone nine consecutive games without hitting one.

Hamilton has gone 9-for-31 over the nine games with one extra-base hit and lowered his average from .402 to .379 in the process.

• Starter Neftali Feliz, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a sprained ligament in his right elbow, could be out until the All-Star break, if not longer.

Texas is undecided on how it will replace Feliz's electric arm in the rotation, but general manager Jon Daniels said that all options will be considered.

Feliz was Texas' closer the past two seasons, and Daniels was asked if the switch from the bullpen could have contributed to the arm trouble.

"That's something we have to talk about," Daniels said. "We don't know the answer. He is as strong and as well-conditioned as he's ever been. There weren't any warning signs. But everything is on the table for discussion."

Feliz is 3-1 with a 3.16 ERA over seven starts.

Mariners: Ichiro stays hot against Texas
After collecting a pair of hits in Monday's win over the Rangers, Ichiro Suzuki increased his career total against Texas to 290.

Hall of Famer George Brett is the only player with more career hits (291) vs. the Rangers since the team moved to Texas in 1972.

Ichiro has two games left in this series to surpass Brett for the all-time mark.

The right-fielder is hitting .285/.321/.385 with one homer and 16 RBIs this season.

Worth noting
• The Rangers have homered in 15 straight games after Mitch Moreland went deep in the eighth inning on Monday. It's the longest streak in the Majors this season.

• Seattle's series-opening win over Texas improved its record at Safeco Field to 8-8. All four teams in the AL West are playing .500 baseball or better at home, the only such division in the Majors to do that. Comments