ARLINGTON -- The Rangers used four infield hits in the first two innings to help push across four runs on their way to a 7-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
The victory moved the Rangers 9 1/2 games ahead of Oakland in the American League West and dropped their magic number to 26.
Tommy Hunter (11-2) was the beneficiary of the offensive support, although he didn't need much. He carried a shutout into the sixth inning, and allowed three runs on seven hits in his 7 2/3 innings.
Vladimir Guerrero's infield single in the first scored Josh Hamilton from second, and two batters later David Murphy hit a two-run double off Brett Anderson (3-5). Elvis Andrus made it 4-1 with an infield single in the second.
Texas broke the game open in the fourth, when Michael Young's two-run double was followed up by an RBI single from Hamilton. Texas finished with 15 hits, with Hamilton collecting three of them. He now owns the club record with 24 games with three or more hits this year.
Julio Borbon and Andres Blanco also hat three-hit games, with Blanco scoring twice and Borbon once.
Not everything went right for the Rangers. Right-hander Frank Francisco, who got a cortisone shot Monday night in his right arm pit, left the game after walking Jeff Larish to open the ninth.
- Anthony Andro