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September 17, 2013

Rangers 7, Rays 1 (F)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus each homered and had three RBIs on Tuesday night, and spot starter Alexi Ogando allowed one run in five innings as the Rangers beat Tampa Bay 7-1 to snap a seven-game losing streak.

The win pushed the Rangers back into a tie for the top wild-card spot in the American League. The Rangers also led for the first time since Sept. 8 and also hit the first homer since Sept. 8, ending the longest homerless drought since 1990.

Kinsler wasted no time against Jeremy Hellickson, lining the game's first pitch out to left field. He then drove in the Rangers next two runs, in the third, with a single to center after Mitch Moreland walked and Leonys Martin doubled to start the inning.

Andrus followed with a two-run shot to left, his third homer of the season, for a 5-0 lead.

The Rays broke through in their half of the third against Ogando, who retired the first seven hitters before Joe Lobaton connected for a solo homer. The next two Rays reached in a 24-pitch inning for Ogando, who hadn't pitched more than two innings since logging 6 1/3 on Aug. 13.

He went on the disabled list for the third time this season a week later. If he is able to get through his lastest start, he could go again Sunday at Kansas City.

Ogando (7-4) finished with two scoreless frames, the second one coming after Andrus had drive home Martin on a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Martin capped his big night with a solo homer in the ninth.

Joakim Soria, Neal Cotts and Tanner Scheppers followed with a scoreless inning apiece, and closer Joe Nathan got some badly needed work in the ninth. He hadn't pitched since Sept. 8.

-- Jeff Wilson

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