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Texas Rangers Retake AL West Lead with 5-1 Victory over Oakland

The Texas Rangers used seven strong innings from Martin Perez on the mound and home runs from Mitch Moreland and Alex Rios to defeat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 Tuesday night.

The Rangers (80-58) retook the AL West Division lead over Oakland by a game with the game with the victory before the rubber game of the three-game midweek series.

Five Ranger batters had multi-hit games in the victory for Texas while the Athletics mustered only a single run on eleven hits.

Perez scattered eight hits in his seven innings while striking out five batters for his ninth victory of the season. Bartolo Colon was on the losing side giving four runs, but only one of them earned in five innings of work with his record dropping to 14-6.

Texas and Oakland face off Wednesday afternoon at 2:35 CST with Yu Darvish taking the hill for Texas opposite Oakland starter Jerrod Parker.

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