It must have been Dave.

Just a few hours after the Mariners unveiled a statue of the beloved broadcaster Dave Niehaus in right-center field on Friday afternoon, Seattle scored three unearned runs in an odd third inning that helped propel the Mariners to a 4-0 win over division-leading Texas in front of 17,607.

With that support, rookie starter Blake Beavan went to work against his childhood team. The Texas native, who was drafted by the Rangers in 2007 and traded to the Mariners in 2010, went eight innings and scattered just four singles in the 22-year-old's most impressive outing this season. The rookie, who struck out three and didn't walk a batter, improved to 5-5 and has tossed 10 quality starts since his July 3 debut.

Brandon League struck out the side in the ninth to complete the shutout.

The third inning began after Ian Kinsler threw wide of first baseman Mitch Moreland on a Dustin Ackley ground ball. Had he made the routine play, it would have been the third out.

Instead, Casper Wells raced around from second base to give Seattle the early 1-0 lead. The oddities didn't stop there, as Rangers starter C.J. Wilson fired a wild pitch past catcher Yorvit Torrealba to allow Brendan Ryan to score from third.

With Seattle up, 2-0, things got even weirder. After Wilson gave up a Miguel Olivo single, Mike Carp came up and knocked a routine grounder up the middle that shortstop Elvis Andrus was closing on.

But the ball took a perfect -- or imperfect, for Texas -- bounce off second base, making a play at first impossible. Ackley, who reached on the Kinsler error, scored from third.

Wells added insurance in the seventh inning with a 389-foot shot to left for his first home run since Aug. 21.

Wilson gave up just one earned run, on the Wells homer, but had his three-game winning streak snapped and fell to 16-7. The Texas ace, who threw 116 pitches in 6 1/3 innings, had received five runs of support in each of his last two wins, but Beavan shut down the Rangers this time.

{mariners.com}