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August 03, 2012

Rangers 5, Royals 3 (F)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Matt Harrison returned to his All-Star form after two subpar outings, Mitch Moreland belted his first home run since being activated from the disabled list and the Texas Rangers went on to a 5-3 victory over the Royals on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The Rangers maintain at least a 4 1/2-game lead over the Athletics and a five-game lead over the Angels in the American League West.

Harrison won his 13th game of the season, allowing two runs on eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. The Rangers' bullpen finished off the final 2 1/3 innings with Mike Adams giving up a single run in the eighth and Alexi Ogando earning the save with a scoreless ninth.

With a 2-1 lead going to the seventh, the Rangers pulled away for good. With one out and runners on first and second, Moreland swatted an 0-2 slider from Jose Mijares into the fountains in right field, as the blast extended the Rangers' lead to 5-1.

That was a big enough lead for Harrison and the relievers.

-- Drew Davison

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