Texas Rangers Drop the Oakland A’s 3-2, Magic Number Falls to 3
Ian Kinsler hit a tying home run leading off the eighth and Josh Hamilton followed with another homer two batters later, lifting Texas to a 3-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night and reducing the Rangers magic number to clinch the AL West to three.
Michael Young, Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli added two hits apiece for Texas, which won its 90th game to match its win total of 2010.
C.J. Wilson pitched six solid innings for the Rangers giving up two runs on five hits while striking out eight, but took a no decision in the victory. Oakland starter Brandon McCarthy took a no decision also giving up a run through seven innings.
The Rangers maintained their five-game leading over the Angels in the West with seven to go. They can clinch their second straight division title as early as Friday in Arlington when they host Seattle in the beginning of a three-game series.