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Rangers hammer Rays to stop seven-game slide
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Texas Rangers' Leonys Martin, right, scores before a tag by Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jose Lobaton on a fifth-inning sacrifice fly by teammate Elvis Andrus off Rays pitcher Brandon Gomes during an MLB American League baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
September 17, 2013, 10:15 pm

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus homered and drove in three runs each and the Texas Rangers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.

The Rangers pulled even with the Rays at the top of the AL wild-card race.

Kinsler hit Jeremy Hellickson's first pitch for his 12th home run, breaking a streak of seven homerless games for the Rangers, their longest in 23 years. The 1-0 lead marked the first time Texas has led in a game since its last victory, on Sept. 8.

Kinsler added a two-run single in the Rangers' four-run third, driving in three runs on the first two pitches he saw from Hellickson (11-9). Andrus followed with his third home run of the season to put the Rangers up 5-0.

Alexi Ogando (7-4) won in his first start since Aug. 13, giving up two hits in five innings.

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