Vladimir Guerrero homered and drove in four runs as the Rangers moved ever closer to a coveted AL West crown with a thorough 10-3 win over second-place Oakland at the Coliseum.
Jeff Francoeur had three hits, including his first home run for the Rangers, drove in two and scored twice. Julio Borbon added a pair of hits with two driven in for Texas, which bounced back from a loss in the opener of this four-game set to cut its magic number to two over the Athletics.
Tommy Hunter (13-4) went only 5 1/3 innings, but limited the A’s to one run and six hits to win for the first time in four starts.
Texas is searching for its first playoff berth in 11 years since claiming a division title back in 1999. The Rangers will send Derek Holland to the mound Saturday to oppose Oakland left-hander Gio Gonzalez with a chance to clinch.
“They’re going to stay in the game all the way through, it’s going to be tough but we want to [clinch] as soon as possible,” Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler said of the series with Oakland. “They’re young, they like to play the game and they have good pitchers.”
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