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AL roundup: Rangers steal game from Sox

Texas' Derek Holland stopped the Red Sox as the Rangers closed the wild-card gap.
Texas' Derek Holland stopped the Red Sox as the Rangers closed the wild-card gap.
Lm Otero, AP

Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas — Julio Borbon had four hits and four of Texas' eight stolen bases, Derek Holland pitched into the seventh and the Rangers cut Boston's AL wild-card lead to a half-game with a 7-2 victory over the Red Sox on Saturday night.

The eight stolen bases matched the most in the majors this season. Boston also allowed eight against Tampa Bay on May 3.

Elvis Andrus swiped three bags and Ian Kinsler added another to break the team record. The Rangers also stole six bases against the Red Sox on July 22.

Jason Bay and Victor Martinez hit solo home runs for Boston, 2-6 against Texas this season. Red Sox starter Brad Penny (7-7) dropped his fourth straight decision on the road, allowing four runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings.

Texas' Ian Kinsler stayed in the game after he was hit in the helmet on a pitch from Fernando Cabrera in the eighth. Kinsler bounced up off the ground quickly and exchanged words with catcher Jason Varitek on his way to first base.

The Rangers bounced back after giving up six runs in the ninth Friday. They blew a 4-2 lead and a chance to take the lead in the Wild Card chase.

Neftali Feliz struck out three in two scoreless innings to pick up his first career save.

Kinsler, who was batting sixth instead of his customary leadoff spot, got the Rangers off to a good start in his first plate appearance since coming off the disabled list Friday.

INDIANS 7, TWINS 3: At Minneapolis, Shin-Soo Choo and Grady Sizemore hit early homers Saturday to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 7-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

About 17 hours after Scott Baker pitched a two-hitter in an 11-0 win, the Twins watched rookie Anthony Swarzak (3-6) get roughed up for the third straight start.

WHITE SOX 8, ATHLETICS 1: At Oakland, Calif., Jayson Nix homered and drove in three runs, Gavin Floyd pitched seven strong innings and the White Sox handed the A's their third loss in four games.

Jim Thome hit his 563rd homer while Gordon Beckham added a two-run single in the sixth, when Chicago scored three runs to break the game open.

Floyd (10-7) gave the White Sox bullpen a rest after it pitched 5 2-3 scoreless innings on Friday.

ANGELS 5, ORIOLES 1: At Baltimore, John Lackey allowed one run in seven innings, and the Angels spoiled the Camden Yards debut of rookie left-hander Brian Matusz.

Chone Figgins had three hits, a walk and a stolen base for the Angels, who are 20-8 since the All-Star break. They improved to 6-2 against Baltimore and clinched the season series.

YANKEES 5, MARINERS 2: At Seattle, Nick Swisher and Derek Jeter both homered to lift the AL East-leading Yankees to a big road win over the Mariners.

RAYS 8, BLUE JAYS 3: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Carl Crawford hit a two-run double during a four-run third, and Scott Kazmir pitched well enough to help the Rays end a five-game skid.

Jason Bartlett hit an RBI single, Crawford drove in two with his double and Evan Longoria had a run-scoring double off Brian Tallet (5-7) as Tampa Bay took a 4-2 lead in the third.

TIGERS 10, ROYALS 3: At Detroit, Carlos Guillen homered and drove in four runs, and Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run shot and finished with four hits to lead the Tigers to their third straight win.

Ramon Santiago and Alex Avila also homered for Detroit, which finished with 16 hits. Edwin Jackson (9-5) allowed three runs and nine hits in six innings.

Billy Butler connected for a two-run shot in the first and Brayan Pena added a solo shot in the sixth for the Royals. Luke Hochevar (6-6) pitched four-plus innings, giving up six runs and 12 hits.