OAKLAND, Calif. - Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton hit solo homers in the eighth inning Wednesday to spoil seven solid innings by Brandon McCarthy and give the Rangers a 3-2 victory that reduced their magic number to clinch the American League West to 3.
The win allowed the Rangers to maintain a five-game lead over the Angels in the American League West, and they kept pace with Detroit for the No. 2 playoff seed. The Rangers and Tigers have identical 90-64 records, but the Rangers must finish a game up because Detroit has the tiebreaker by virtue of winning the head-to-head series this year.
McCarthy had allowed one run in seven innings, throwing only 79 pitches and outpitching C.J. Wilson, but was removed in favor of Grant Balfour in the eighth. Kinsler hit a 3-2 pitch off the top of the out-of-town scoreboard in left field for his 30th homer of the season to tie the game.
Hamilton followed a batter later with a line drive into the right-field seats.
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The rally made a winner of Koji Uehara, his first victory of since joining the Rangers on July 31. Wilson went only six innings, logging 111 pitches and allowing two two-out runs in the fifth inning.
The left-hander struck out eight and walked three, both culprits for his high pitch count. Mike Adams worked a perfect eighth, and Neftali Feliz pitched around a leadoff walk to earn his 29th save.