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Andrus lets blazing bat atone for early errors

Rangers SS hits 3 doubles, homers in win over Seattle
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SEATTLE -- Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland turned 31 on Tuesday and got a nice present from shortstop Elvis Andrus.

"I'm glad Elvis had such a big game for me," Moreland said after the Rangers' 10-7 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday night.

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SEATTLE -- Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland turned 31 on Tuesday and got a nice present from shortstop Elvis Andrus.

"I'm glad Elvis had such a big game for me," Moreland said after the Rangers' 10-7 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday night.

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The present delivered was pretty memorable. Andrus had three doubles and an upper-deck home run, marking the first time he has ever had four extra-base hits in a game.

Video: TEX@SEA: Andrus drills an RBI double to right

Not bad for a guy who started the night by striking out with the bases loaded in the first and committing two errors in the first three innings that led to two unearned runs. He also flied out with the bases loaded in the ninth.

But in between, he was pretty special.

"Yeah, I feel really good, man," Andrus said. "Especially after my first at-bat when I struck out with the bases loaded, I was mad at myself a little bit and was like, 'OK, let's go. I need to be more aggressive.' That was my gameplan after that."

Andrus typified the Rangers' night as a whole. There were plenty of heroics all around -- big hits, clutch pitching, defensive gems -- to hold off the Mariners, even though at times they made it hard on themselves.

The game took 3 hours, 44 minutes before closer Sam Dyson put the Mariners away in the ninth inning for his 32nd save. Andrus finished it himself by combining with second baseman Rougned Odor to turn an inning-ending double play and finish the longest nine-inning game at Safeco Field this season.

Video: TEX@SEA: Dyson nails down Rangers' 10-7 win

"It seemed like it took a while to get going and a lot of pitches thrown," Moreland said. "Definitely one of those grind-out games. We continued to fight and put up runs and in the end it was a good win for us."

The Rangers finished with 15 hits, drew six walks and made the Mariners pitchers throw 213 pitches, their most in a nine-inning game this season.

"It just felt like it was a night where we needed those hitters to continue to battle and try to put runs on the board as much as we could," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "A huge night for Elvis, coming on a night where defensively, a couple of mistakes. He just continues to come up with huge hits for us in different situations."

Video: TEX@SEA: Andrus goes yard to the upper deck

Andrus' three doubles tied a club record held by many, including himself. The home run in the seventh inning was more memorable, landing in the upper deck beyond the left field wall with Statcast™ projecting the distance at 405 feet.

"I hit it pretty good," Andrus said. "I don't do it too often, but today I was feeling good. I was looking for a pitch up and I was going to let it go and see what happened. I was glad that happened."

It was a nice birthday present for a teammate.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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