Cruz and Seager lead Mariners past Rangers

The Mariners won 10-4

Seattle Mariners' Nelson Cruz follows through on an RBI single as Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos watch during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Nelson Cruz went 4 for 4 with a home run and Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Texas Rangers 10-4 on Thursday night.

The Mariners remained 3 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card.

Texas entered the game one-half game behind Seattle in the wild card race and fielded a surprise lineup looking for a spark from two injured veterans.

One night after making an unexpected appearance as a pinch hitter Adrian Beltre was batting fourth as the designated hitter. This was just two weeks after suffering a Grade 2 strain in his hamstring and he was expected to miss at least four weeks, likely the remainder of the season.

Beltre went 1 for 3 with a single and was replaced by a pinch runner in the seventh inning.