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Texas Rangers Reduce Their Magic Number to 4 After Win over the Oakland A’s

Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer in the first that held up for 15-game winner Derek Holland, and the AL West-leading Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 7-2 last night.

“We’re trying to win every game and keep the Angels from being able to do something crazy when we get to L.A.,” said third baseman Adrian Beltre to “We hope to clinch it before then, but if not, we’ll do it there.”

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Michael Young hit an RBI single in the third that gave him 200 hits for the sixth season and drove in another run in the eighth, Mike Napoli also singled in a run and Texas won for the seventh time in eight games and eighth in 10.

The first-place Rangers maintained their five-game division lead over Los Angeles after the Angels won 10-6 at Toronto. Reigning AL champion Texas is 12-5 in September.  The Rangers Magic Number is now 4 after the win.

Rookie Michael Taylor hit his first major league home run in the fifth — his 18th career at-bat — for Oakland’s lone run against Holland (15-5), who won his fourth straight decision.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report

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