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ARLINGTON, Texas - Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 622nd career home run and Felix Hernandez pitched seven solid innings to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 7-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

Griffey's three-run shot in the first came off Rangers starter Tommy Hunter, the 400th different pitcher he has homered off in his career.

Hernandez (12-4) bounced back from his worst effort of the season to win for the fourth time in five starts. The right-hander gave up two runs and six hits as Seattle won for the third time in nine games.

Hunter (3-2) came into the game having gone 3-0 with a 1.11 in his last four outings. The rookie allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings to lose for the first time since June 28.

Seattle's Jose Lopez had three hits and two RBIs, including a solo homer in the eighth.

Nelson Cruz hit his 25th homer in the fourth inning and had three hits for the Rangers, who lost for only the third time in 13 games.

Texas is four games behind the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West and trails Boston by 2 1/2 games in the Wild Card chase.

Ichiro Suzuki reached on an error leading off the game and Lopez walked to set the stage for Griffey.

He lined a 3-2 pitch from Hunter into the grassy area beyond the center field fence. It was Griffey's 11th homer and his first since July 1.

Griffey, who had three hits, doubled leading off the third and scored on Jack Hannahan's RBI single. The Mariners extended their lead to 5-0 on Ryan Langerhans' triple to right.

Cruz hit a 458-foot solo home run to left, the fourth-longest ever hit at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. He also added an RBI single in the sixth.

Hernandez, who allowed a season-high seven runs in 5 2-3 innings Monday against Toronto, received some defensive help in protecting the lead.

In the bottom of the first, Suzuki threw out Omar Vizquel trying to score on Marlon Byrd's fly ball. Catcher Rob Johnson stretched high to grab Suzuki's throw from right and quickly dropped to the ground to tag Vizquel.

Langerhans jumped at the left field wall to take an extra-base hit from David Murphy in the third.

NOTES: The Rangers inducted former players Ruben Sierra and Toby Harrah into the club's Hall of Fame in a pregame ceremony. ... The Mariners activated newly acquired Luke French on Saturday and will start the left-hander on Wednesday night at Kansas City. To make room for French, the team designated infielder Chris Shelton for assignment.

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