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CLE@TEX: Harrison fans six over 5 2/3 strong innings

The last time the Rangers led by as few as two games in the American League West, they had just finished taking three of four games from the Mariners in April.

The Rangers erased a six-run lead before falling to the Mariners, 8-6, on Saturday night, while the A's beat the Orioles to trim Texas' division lead to just two games. A rubber match against the Mariners is set for Sunday afternoon, when the Rangers will send All-Star left-hander Matt Harrison to the mound.

Harrison picked up his 16th victory of the season in his previous start, when he gave up two runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings in a 6-4 win over the Indians on Tuesday -- his second-shortest outing while earning a win this year. Harrison, who was pitching on six days' rest in that game, has been trying to shake off some tightness in his right bicep.

"The extra rest did help," Harrison said after the victory over the Indians. "I was able to get my legs back under me. It was a positive note, and hopefully, I can build on this."

The Mariners will send former Rangers pitcher Blake Beavan to the mound. The Rangers' first-round pick in 2007, Beavan has started against his former team twice this year. He held the Rangers to one run on six hits over 6 1/3 innings of a 1-0 loss on April 10, but earned a win when he gave up five runs on eight hits over six innings of a 21-8 victory on May 30.

Beavan will be starting on 10 days' rest after being skipped in the rotation to give rookie right-hander Erasmo Ramirez a chance to start. Ramirez, a September callup, recorded his first big league victory with a 4-3 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Beavan is 6-3 with a 4.12 ERA in 10 starts since being called up from Triple-A Tacoma.

"I don't think it's a bad thing," Beavan said of the extended break. "I want to keep on my routine, but [with] it being late in the season and trying to give other guys opportunities to get some games underneath them before the season is over, you just work with what you're dealt that time around."

Mariners: Millwood could be done for year
Kevin Millwood, who left his most recent start, against the Blue Jays on Wednesday, with soreness in his shoulder, could miss the rest of the season. At the very least, the right-hander will miss his next start, which would have come on Monday. Hector Noesi, who has thrown four scoreless innings out of the bullpen since being called up from Tacoma on Sept. 4, will take Millwood's place in the rotation.

"I'm still standing," Millwood said, "but I haven't really thrown yet. ... We're just waiting to see what happens over the next couple of days, and then we'll make a plan from there."

• Casper Wells, who is 1-for-9 since being called up from Tacoma on Sept. 4, was scratched from the lineup on Saturday with a sore neck, an issue that arose in the batting cage before the game. Eric Thames took Casper's spot in the lineup, batting eighth and starting in right field.

Rangers: Napoli, Ross come off disabled list
Mike Napoli and Robbie Ross were activated on Saturday, with Napoli in the starting lineup after missing 33 games with a strained left hamstring. Napoli had two hits in three at-bats in the 8-6 loss, one of them a three-run homer off Jason Vargas in the sixth inning, his 18th of the year.

Napoli was hitless in his last 14 at-bats before being placed on the DL on Aug. 11, while Ross posted a 1.80 ERA in 13 August appearances before going on the shelf on Aug. 29. In 10 at-bats during his rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco, Napoli got just one hit, and he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts for Frisco on Friday.

"I told the guys, 'I left the strikeouts down there," Napoli said. "It's been one of the toughest years. It's part of baseball. A lot of guys who get banged up go out there and get it done. It's part of the game."

• Jurickson Profar made his third career start on Saturday and his second at shortstop, batting ninth. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Profar has three hits, including a home run, in 11 at-bats.

Worth noting
• The Rangers, who have won 10 of their last 12 series, are 86-59 this year, tying the team record for the best 135-game start despite losing to the Mariners on Saturday.

• The Frisco RoughRiders, the Rangers' Double-A affiliate, took a season-ending loss to Springfield, 2-1, on Saturday. Frisco fell to the Cardinals, 3-1, in the Texas League Championship Series.

• The Mariners improved to 16-8 on Saturdays this season, scoring more than five runs in a game for the first time this month. Comments