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Associated Press

Posted on July 4, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 4 at 8:33 PM

MARINERS-RANGERS

Seager HR in 10th lifts Mariners over Rangers 4-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, and the Seattle Mariners won consecutive games in Texas for the first time in more than a year with a 4-2 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday night.

Michael Saunders walked on a full-count pitch with two out before Seager connected against Robbie Ross (4-2) for his third hit of the game. Seager's 12th homer landed in the first row of seats in right field.

Charlie Furbush (2-4) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the win, and Tom Wilhelmsen was perfect in the 10th for his 17th save.

UNITED-SOUNDERS

Martins leads Sounders past D.C. United 2-0

SEATTLE (AP) — Obafemi Martins scored his team-leading fifth and sixth goals of the season, and Michael Gspurning earned the shutout as the Seattle Sounders beat struggling D.C. United 2-0 on Wednesday night.

Martins' first goal came at the end of the 19th minute. Eddie Johnson connected with Brad Evans on a give-and-go down the middle of the field, and Evans sent a long through ball toward the top of the penalty area restraining arc. Martins got behind United defender Ethan White, caught up with the ball, and sent a shot past goalkeeper Joe Willis to the back left corner.

His second came midway through second-half stoppage time, a 10-yarder from straight in front of the net.

Gspurning's shutout was his sixth of the season for the Sounders (7-5-3).

United (2-13-3) remained winless in eight road games this season (0-6-2), and was blanked for the 11th time.

MONARCAS-TIMBERS

Timbers beat Mexico's Monarcas Morelia 1-0

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Futty Danso scored the lone goal on a penalty kick and the Portland Timbers defeated Monarcas Morelia 1-0 in an international friendly on Wednesday night.

Danso's penalty kick came in the 40th minute. A short time later, Morelia midfielder Aldo Leao Ramirez was sent off for arguing a call with an official, leaving the team down a player. Goalkeeper Federico Vilar, the Monarcas captain, also tried to appeal to the official and was yellow carded.

Monarcas Morelia had one of its best chances to equalize on forward Santigo Trellez's breakaway in the 74th minute, but the shot sailed just wide.

Morelia, which plays in Mexico's first-division Liga MX, is a two-time runner up for the CONCACAF Champions Cup, and played twice in the SuperLiga competition between MLS and Mexican teams.

They won it in 2010, the event's final season.

COYOTES' FUTURE

Coyotes on solid ground after vote

(Stations: Note Seattle interest.)

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Phoenix Coyotes' bid to find stability dragged on for four years and stretched for four more tense hours as the Glendale City Council debated on a lease agreement with a group trying to buy the team.

Finally, as the clock ticked toward midnight, the council voted 4-3 in favor of the deal, all but ensuring the Coyotes will stay in Arizona.

Renaissance Sports and Entertainment still must complete the lease deal and its purchase of the team from the NHL by Aug, 5, but it appears their fight to find an owner has ended.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, who attended Tuesday's meeting, said last week that if the lease deal failed, the team probably would not play in Arizona anymore — and the speculation was that the team would quickly be relocated to Seattle.

Now, after four years of being run by the league, the Coyotes will be able to compete for players who had been financially out of their reach and retain more of the players already on the team.

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