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LHP Martin Perez became the first Texas rookie to win five games in a single month when he earned one in Wednesday's 12-4 victory at Seattle. Perez gave up two solo home runs but very little else over six innings of work. The 22-year-old Perez likely closed the book on his August with a 5-0 record and 3.06 ERA in five starts.

CF Leonys Martin hit his first home run since July 30 and had a career-high four RBIs -- all before the end of the fourth inning Wednesday. Martin went 2-for-5 for the game after getting just one hit in 13 at-bats over the first five games of the road trip.

RHP Yu Darvish has yet to face the Twins this season, but he'll likely get his first shot at them Friday. Darvish is scheduled to start against Minnesota, a team he has faced only once in his career. In April 2012, during his second start as a major leaguer, Darvish scattered nine hits over 5 2/3 innings while allowing just one earned run in a 5-2 win. He has thrown 348 innings over 52 starts since then, but strangely none of them have come against the Twins.

2B Ian Kinsler arrived in Seattle earlier this week with a .271 batting average, and by Wednesday afternoon it was up to .279. Kinsler went 7-for-13 in the series, and during one stretch over Tuesday and Wednesday he had six hits in eight at-bats. Over his past 14 games, Kinsler is hitting .370 (20-for-54).

3B Adrian Beltre drew first blood in his ongoing rivalry with friend Felix Hernandez. Beltre singled off the Seattle starter in the first inning of Wednesday's game, giving him 10 hits in 28 career at-bats against Hernandez (.357). Hernandez got a measure of revenge with a third-inning strikeout, and that was the last of the rivalry because Seattle summonsed reliever Brandon Maurer to replace Hernandez in the fourth. Beltre welcomed Maurer to the game by taking him deep for a two-run homer on the second pitch he saw. By the end of the game, Beltre had gone 3-for-5 to raise his season batting average to .329.

C Geovany Soto got the Wednesday start to give veteran A.J. Pierzynski a day off, and he made the most of the opportunity with a pair of early hits. Soto singled in the second and third innings, the latter of which drove in a pair of runs while giving Texas a 5-0 lead. Soto went 2-for-4 Wednesday for his first multi-hit game since July 30.