Rangers keep pace in wild card, Astros lose 108th

Rangers keep pace in wild card, Astros lose 108th
September 25, 2013, 10:58 pm
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Texas Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez (33) delivers to the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Leonys Martin hit a three-run double, Ian Kinsler homered and the Texas Rangers kept pace in the AL wild-card chase, beating Houston 7-3 Wednesday night and handing the Astros their team-record 108th loss of the season.

The Astros lost their 12th in a row. Texas completed a three-game sweep and finished 17-2 with 11 straight wins against their instate rival.

The Rangers remained a game behind Cleveland for the AL's second wild-card spot - Tampa Bay is a game ahead of the Indians. Texas has four games left in the regular season, with the series opener at home against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.

Rookie left-hander Martin Perez (10-5) struck out eight over seven innings.

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